Finance concerns put uni staff morale at 'all-time low'

Morale among staff at Murdoch University in Perth is at an "all-time low" amidst rumours of an estimated $20 million debt at the institution, it has been revealed.

An academic at the university, who wished to remain unnamed, told the Melville Times that morale had also taken a severe hit because of ongoing restructuring issues.

"Our biggest concerns is that there will be more courses disappearing, less choice, less contact hours for students and more focus on catering for full paying international students rather than everyone across the board," said the source.

The news is sure to interest Aussies wishing to compare student finances and find the best course options. It was also reported that the university has already lost about 250 staff in recent years, with another 200 contracted staff expected to lose their positions by the end of 2010.

Murdoch University vice-chancellor John Yovich commented that the low indexation of government funding, the deregulation of student enrolment options and uncertainty in the research-funding framework are all factors currently challenging the higher education sector.

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