University supports Student Union in VSU planning

Monday, 5 December 2005

The University of Adelaide and the Adelaide University Union (AUU) have worked closely together planning and prioritising for the provision of student services under threat from VSU legislation.

Vice-Chancellor of the University of Adelaide, Professor James McWha, outlined the activity that has taken place, seeking to maintain student activities and services through working closely with the student body.

"The University has been working closely with the AUU across 2005 in the face of potential VSU legislation, to minimise impacts on the student body should the legislation be passed.

"Our support for the Adelaide University Union is on the record. We believe that a distinguishing mark of the University of Adelaide is its campus culture and it is this culture and the provision of services for students that we are seeking to protect.

"The AUU has been very responsible in its planning for the effects of VSU legislation. They have drafted their 2006 budget taking into account the potential for the introduction of VSU in the second semester.

"It has been very difficult to plan in the current environment, when no-one is sure whether the legislation will be introduced, when it will be introduced, and exactly what form it will take.

"We are committed to providing student services. If there is a problem we may need to look at our budget priorities to assist with service areas that the AUU is unable to maintain with a lower budget."


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