Dr Andrew West,Lincoln University vice-chancellor
Lincoln University has announced the results of a
staffing review that it says supports a return to financial
viability and reinforces its role as New Zealand's specialist
Through a process of engagement with staff the number of
compulsory changes had been kept to a minimum, the university
Sixty-three staff have elected to take early retirement or
These departures had contributed significantly to securing
$3.9 million of savings in personnel expenditure, with 89% of
this being reached through voluntary means.
There would be a net reduction of 48 full-time-equivalent
positions, the university said.
The university received more than 340 submissions from staff,
students and external parties on its proposed changes to
Half of the university's original proposals were altered
(either amended or not confirmed) as a result of the
''This is not a pleasant process for staff, students or the
university itself,'' vice-chancellor Andrew West said.
''The professionalism of the staff and the Tertiary Education
Union, and understanding of students, during this period is
appreciated by the university. I am pleased that we kept
compulsory changes to a minimum. We will now work with
affected staff around options for their future.''