The University today released details of the implementation of changes to CHL, attached above. The plan represents many months of consultation, feedback, deliberations and planning by CHL academic and professional colleagues, students, and staff from CAP and university-level teams.
I acknowledge that this has been a difficult time for colleagues and students in CHL and I very much regret the anxiety that this has caused. At the same time, it has also resulted in great solidarity within CHL, fresh commitment from CHL’s leadership team, and very creative and positive ideas and possibilities for the new School.
I want to thank the many CHL colleagues who have worked very hard and collegially over many months to position the School for a stronger future.
CHL occupies a distinctive and important place within the university, nationally and internationally. It has the support of the university and the personal commitment of our new Vice Chancellor, expressed in his blog today.
The plan that we are releasing will position the School for long-term financial stability and continued excellence. Importantly, it reaffirms university financial support for maintaining all the Asia-Pacific languages that we currently teach, allowing us to take a leadership role in making these languages widely available.
Under the changes, a new name will be chosen for the School by staff and students and the academic departments will be reorganised into key areas including culture, histories, languages and environments.
At the College level, we are committed to fully supporting the new School and ensuring that it maintains its global reputation as the leading centre for Asia Pacific humanities, social sciences and languages.
We expect the majority of academic staff in the School to be transferred to the new School through a deliberative process that commences next week.
We anticipate fewer than 15 academic positions will be affected by the changes. We will do everything we can to customize options for individual staff affected, and to minimise job losses. Options for individual staff affected will include transfers to positions within University or transition to other arrangements, such as fixed-term pre-retirement or part-time contracts, to ensure that redundancies are kept to a minimum.
Thank you again for all your patience and efforts as we come to the final phase of this process.
Professor Veronica L Taylor
Dean, ANU College of Asia & the Pacific and Director, Research School of Asia & the Pacific
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