When the Melbourne Model came to prominence, the claim of critics was that the University of Melbourne had forced change. A change that was incompatible with the collegial environment that shared research and learning is meant to foster. The University was to become more “managerial, professional, constrained”. Whilst the finer points of the Melbourne Model would be all too familiar to the readers of this article, a central component was “responsible divisional management”. It held “that financial decisions should be made, and responsibility borne, by those nearest to the people and services involved”.
The 20th International AIDS Conference took place in Melbourne last week. Third year JD student John Manwaring has kindly allowed us to reprint the text of a speech he gave at the Closing Session of the Conference on Friday 25 July.
Thank you, and thank you all for coming to Melbourne, for sharing your experiences, your wisdom, and your strength. My name is John Manwaring, and I am HIV-positive.
‘BIP’ MANIA: Uni poised to close student centre, sack well-being and disabilities coordinator to implement BIP plan
The University of Melbourne has announced its intention to axe a net total of 540 staff positions in a bid to streamline administrative processes across the university. The “Business Improvement Program” (BIP) aims to reduce staff numbers to 2010 levels by the end of next year. The cuts will begin on Friday. The university insists that the BIP is in no way connected to any possible future budget cuts by the coalition government.