Sharman Claims No Staff ‘Fired’, Students Respond

Posted by webmaster on October 8th, 2009


Sharman Pretty’s letter in The Age Newspaper last week, claimed that no staff had been fired, she said:

“BY BRINGING together the faculty of music and the school of music of the former VCA, the University of Melbourne has given students access to combined staff resources and the combined assets built up over more than a century – musical instruments, technical equipment and the treasured Melba Hall. These resources need to be managed over two campuses to avoid duplication. No staff have been “fired” (Letters, 3/10). Staff will be distributed in the restructuring to provide the best support to all students.

Professor Sharman Pretty, dean, faculty of the VCA and music, University of Melbourne

Yesterday, Danielle Ashcroft and Daniel Arnott wrote in response:

“Spreading the staff

SHARMAN Pretty (Letters, 5/10), you say potato, we say potato. We may not speak corporate lingo – fired versus ”distributed”. However, as far as we are aware our music facilities office, located at VCA Southbank, is being closed or compromised and we will not have a full-time technician on staff at Southbank.

The impact will be a diminished ability to rehearse, including after hours, limited access to vital equipment at Southbank and no one to call upon to solve technical issues as they arise.

If the students had been consulted, we could have explained how we rely on this office to complete our study. How is one part-time staff member, spread between Parkville and Southbank, going to replace 1½ full-time staff at Southbank?

Governments must help us preserve the integrity of our course, whose reputation lies in the track record of excellent alumni.

Danielle Ashcroft and Daniel Arnott, North Balwyn

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