Call for independent review of Sydney College of the Arts

August 2, 2016By Man RayMEDIA, NEWS

Some of the biggest names in Sydney’s arts community have written to the the Chancellor of Sydney University, Belinda Hutchinson, and Vice Chancellor Michael Spence in support of the Sydney College of the Arts. Organisers behind the letter are alarmed that while an immediate merger with UNSW Art and Design has been put on hold a future merger of Sydney’s three art schools has not been ruled out and say the art school is still in danger.

NTEU Notification of Industrial Dispute

July 27, 2016By Man RayNEWS

The following letter was delivered to the Provost of Sydney University on 22 July 2016.

NTEU University of Sydney Branch
Merewether Building H04, room 390
University of Sydney, NSW 2006
T: 02 9351 2827

22 July 2016

Professor Stephen Garton
Provost and Deputy Vice Chancellor
University of Sydney
By Hand

Dear Stephen

Notification of an Industrial Dispute under Clause 380 of the Sydney University Enterprise Agreement 2013 – 2017 (the Agreement).

Failure to Properly Consult under Part I: Managing Change of the Agreement

The NTEU provides formal notification to the University of Sydney that we are currently in dispute regarding the above matter.

Details of the Dispute:

  • The University has notified staff of an intent to transfer the Sydney College of the Arts to the University of New South Wales from the 2017 academic year;
  • The University has signed a Heads of Agreement with UNSW to that affect;
  • The University has not provided a draft change proposal as required by Section 313 of the Agreement;
  • In anticipation of the transfer, the University has ceased taking enrolments into SCA degrees for 2017;
  • By entering into the Deed and closing applications to courses the University has effectively commenced implementing the changes;
  • This has been carried out without the consultation required under 380 of the Agreement.

The University must immediately stop all processes to implement any change until consultation has been completed.  I look forward to meeting with you to further discuss this matter.

In Union,

Michael Thomson
Branch President
NTEU University of Sydney Branch

Quilty slams arts decision (Inner West Courier – Inner City Edition, 26 Jul 2016, Page05)

July 26, 2016By Man RayMEDIA, NEWS

An article in this week’s Inner West Courier Inner City Edition features Alumnus Ben Quilty voicing strong support for SCA.

Quilty slams arts decision
Elizabeth Colman and Tony Bosworth
Inner West Courier – Inner City Edition
26 Jul 2016

“RIGHTO, so all the art schools are getting closed down – because we don’t need our stories told, our souls examined? And we shouldn’t provide education for students who want to build on our dynamic culture?” So says renowned artist, Archibald Prize…

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