Fri, Apr 24, 2020 at 8:06 AM
An important update from CQUniversity 

U3A Rockhampton

Dear Beverley,

I hope you and your loved ones are well in these uncertain times.

As a valued CQUniversity donor and partner, I wanted to update you on CQUniversity’s proposed plans to manage and recover from current and future COVID-19 related challenges.

This afternoon, I met with university staff to announce a plan for the University’s recovery following COVID-19 crisis. This pandemic has profoundly impacted the entire Australian higher education sector. The implementation of significant restrictions related to travel and social distancing has already impacted and will continue to impact the way we operate.

The disruption to our current operations means that to survive and thrive, we must find operational cost savings and efficiencies. With this in mind, I have already implemented the following measures:

  • There will be no salary increase for the University’s Senior Executives for the 2020-21 financial year and we will also withhold a further 20% of these salaries until we have emerged sustainably from this situation. This includes my own remuneration.
  • The University will pause all non-essential recruitment.
  • We will restructure the University and reduce the number of Senior Executive positions from seven to four.
  • Other senior managers have also independently agreed to forego their standard pay increases for 2020.

Unfortunately, these measures will still not be enough to save the University from the current situation. We will need to further reduce staffing levels and will be offering voluntary separation packages to interested staff members.

Along with this, I am also proposing that we close our delivery sites in Biloela and Yeppoon and our Noosa campus. These are proposed closures only and are subject to further consultation with staff, students and the community.

It is disappointing that we need to make these difficult decisions, but I hope you understand how the current circumstances mean that we must take action to ensure the future of the University. My ultimate priority is to ensure the ongoing viability, success and sustainability of CQUniversity, so that we can continue to serve our communities.

With the cooperation and support of our donors, staff, students, alumni and other key stakeholders, I am confident that CQUniversity will emerge from this crisis and that we will remain a pivotal provider of education and research within our immediate communities and beyond.

Our commitment to the regions we serve will also continue to be unwavering, as the delivery of education and research in the wake of this crisis will be more critical than ever before.

I invite you to watch this short video. If you have any questions or require any additional information, please reply to this email, and Francois Gallais, Deputy Director Philanthropy will be able to help. Over the coming weeks I will provide you with continued updates on our recovery efforts.

Thank you so much for your generosity. There has never been a greater need for philanthropy, to be able to respond together to this unprecedented crisis and the demands on students and communities it creates. Stay safe, and thank you once again.

Kind regards,

Professor Nick Klomp
Vice-Chancellor & President

CQUniversity Australia