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CRIKEY: Ziggy Review Update

Share In a letter to Crikey’s editor, VCAM Review Chair gives readers an update on the Review process. Read the article here (starts page 3 of the PDF). What are your thoughts? If you are a current student, did the University or VCAM Management make it clear to you that you had an extension to [...]

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Ex VCA Staffer “Rages On The Ruin”

Share Last week a new voice emerged in the VCA debate in the form of Ex (and 10-year veteran) VCA Film & TV lecturer Steve Thomas. Steve Thomas, no longer the documentary lecturer, takes up the story, in a year when the documentary course is not being offered at all at VCAM. Published by Screen [...]

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Turnbull & Mathews: Uni Melb Rent “morally unconscionable”

Share It may have taken 10 months, but the truth of VCA’s financial situation is rapidly coming to light. Further to today’s coverage in The Australian,  Crikey have revealed that a supplementary submission to the VCAM Review by Turnbull, Mathews, Denton & Landy details that an independent audit of VCA’s property value is estimated at $230m. The UoM charging the [...]

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Crikey.com Reveal “Mass exodus at VCA as music staff exit stage left”

Share Andrew Crook of Crikey.com “The Victorian College of the Arts’ music school is facing an uncertain Christmas after 20% of its academic staff, including several world-renowned experts, opted for early retirement in the wake of controversial changes to the prestigious institution.” <continues…..>   Click to the read the full article. Share

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Making the “Discussion Paper” Work

The Discussion Paper process has many flaws so a bit of work is needed to make it work for VCA. Click for tips on making a submission, and what SAVE VCA is doing to try and get more information from the University.

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UOM Shows True Colours – Discussion Paper A Sham

Share Crikey.com have revealed the UoM have accidentally made live a new VCAM website which aggressively attacks all opinions other than their own, showing the UoM interest in “consulting” is ZERO.The content of the website is only days old (it references the Discussion Paper) and has numerous dollar figure missing (written in the text as “$XX”) showing the UoM [...]

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VCA Review Gets Telstra Chairperson

ShareIn an move that is polarising opinion, UoM have appointed former Telstra CEO Ziggy Switkowski to Chair the VCA Review Committee. Ziggy has never worked as an artist, nor as an artist educator, nor had a he run an arts business, but he does have exposure to non-UoM opinions through his role at the Australian Major Performing Arts [...]

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Uni Melb Release “Discussion” Paper

ShareIt’s taken seven months of pressure to force a formal consultation process out of Vice Chancellor Glyn Davis and VCAM Dean Sharman Pretty. Only problem is they will be playing judge and jury in the “discussion”. SAVE VCA welcome the University of Melbourne (UoM) finally opening up discussion about the Victorian College of the Arts [...]

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Crikey “University of Melbourne spinning themselves a lie on VCA”\

ShareSave VCA campaigner and VCA Music Theatre Alumni Scott Dawkins corrects the UoM “correction” See the article in full here 09-09-11 Crikey.pdf Hear the 06/11/09 Glyn Davis / Jon Faine (mentioned in the Crikey article) here Share

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Kosky Receives 15,000 Signature SAVE VCA Petition

ShareVictorian Arts Minister Lynne Kosky yesterday received a 15,000 signature petition in opposition to the changes to the Victorian College of the Arts. Current and past students were on hand to facilitate the hand over, completed by David Haidon, the former VCA Student Union President. This comes after more than 150 staff “apply for voluntary [...]

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