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To: Vice Chancellor and Executive of Macquarie University
Slow Down, Open the Books: Don't Put Macquarie University at Risk
We staff, students, and members of the general public, CALL ON the Vice Chancellor, Professor Bruce Dowton, and Executive of Macquarie University to:
1/ SLOW DOWN, DON'T PUT OUR UNIVERSITY AT RISK: This is not the time to make major, rapid cuts that risk the University's quality education and reputation. No course cuts, no forced redundancies, and keep casual budgets and tutorial learning at current levels in 2021.
2/ OPEN THE BOOKS: Macquarie told the media on June 22 that it expected to 'minimise staff losses'.* Now, we're being told a different story. We need a real, independent evaluation of the University's finances and future enrolments.
3/ PRIORITISE SAVINGS IN NON-CORE AREAS: There are better ways to protect Macquarie than cutting staff, programs, and courses. Reducing capital works spending, drawing on cash reserves and investment income, and safe borrowing must be the University's first priority.
We also CALL ON individual members of the University Council and Academic Senate, the Chancellor and senior members of University community, to publicly oppose these cuts and declare support for the campaign to stop them.
Why is this important?
MAJOR CUTS PLANNED: Macquarie University's Vice Chancellor and Executive are drawing up plans to restructure the University. The result will be major cuts to course offerings, cuts to casual staff and a large number of redundancies. We are deeply concerned that such major job losses in the middle of a global recession will not only cause significant hardship, but also compromise Macquarie University's ability to provide quality education for students and world-class research for the Australian community.
WORST STUDENT-STAFF RATIOS ALREADY: Macquarie University is already one of the most poorly staffed universities in the world: Macquarie's staff to student ratio is the worst in Australia, and ninth worst (of 1,400) in the entire world .
WE ARE WORTH PROTECTING: Despite these workloads, Macquarie is remarkable: in recent weeks we just broke through the top 200 on Times Higher Education rankings .
WHY NOT SHOW US THE EVIDENCE? While the university declares a financial emergency, they have also refused independent scrutiny of the university's financial position.
DON'T RUSH WHEN SO MUCH COULD CHANGE: Moving into 2021, so much could change. Now is not the time to make major, hasty cuts. Slow down! Open the books! Don't put our great institution at risk!
 The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020. https://www.timeshighereducation.com/world-university-rankings/2020/world-ranking#!/page/0/length/25/sort_by/stats_student_staff_ratio/sort_order/desc/cols/stats
 Macquarie gains highest ever world ranking, 23 Sept 2020. https://www.mq.edu.au/newsroom/2020/09/03/macquarie-gains-highest-ever-world-ranking/