University of Otago staff are being asked to find ways to
do ''more with less'' as the institution expects tight times to
Vice-chancellor Prof Harlene Hayne made the comments during
an internal briefing at a recent staff forum, which was
reported on the university's Otago Bulletin website.
She told staff the three main threats to the institution were
flat funding for humanities and commerce, the regional
location of its main campus and overall student numbers.
''We have made it harder to get into Otago, and easier to get
yourself excused. I make no apology for these decisions
It had become ''more academically elite'' as a result, which
meant more students wanted to come to the university.
''For the last few years, our first-year numbers have been
''At the same time, however, we are still working through a
decline in numbers due to the tightening of our academic
progress policy,'' she said.
She went on to ask for help from staff as the university
faced tight times.
''I can't see that the constraints on our budget will improve
any time soon, so I need you to help us to find ways to do
more with less.''
The university needed to find alternative funding sources and
build partnerships with other research organisations and
''There are a great many professionals around this university
who see problems as a challenge, not a catastrophe.''
Prof Hayne also spoke of the university's achievements,
including consistently ranking in the top 1%-3% of
universities in the world and meeting the Government's
priorities, including on the performance of Maori and Pacific
''[It] turns out the Government's priorities and Otago's
strengths are highly consistent which means that we do not
have to radically change what we are doing in many areas.''