The University of Otago expects to make ''potentially
substantial'' savings by reducing the frequency of
performance reviews of its departments.
The university council this week voted to reduce the
frequency with which it carries out departmental reviews from
once every five to seven years to once every 10 years.
Vice-chancellor Prof Harlene Hayne said while it was still
not known how much would be saved, it would be a
''potentially substantial'' amount.
At present, about 25 reviews were conducted a year, taking up
a large amount of staff resources.
A report tabled at the meeting said ''good departments'' did
not need to be reviewed every five to seven years.
Chancellor John Ward said it was important to note the change
in policy introduced an ability for extra reviews if there
were problems in a department.