New jobs strengthen CQ Uni
CQUNIVERSITY is embarking on major employee-based growth with 34 new positions announced and the chance of more jobs to come in the New Year.
The institution, which employs about 1700 staff, is adding academic and executive positions to strengthen the new discipline areas being developed as part of the renewal plan.
Acting vice-chancellor Professor Angela Delves said the plan had been created to make the university financially sustainable and to attract more domestic students.
She said the recent restructure of the university meant it was able to turn over a new leaf.
“There were significant and fundamental changes made which consolidated and positioned the university to take advantage of a more promising environment that is emerging,” Professor Delves said.
Following financial struggles earlier this year, the new job boom appears that it will help the university move in the right direction.
“We’re recruiting staff in areas that are key to the sustainability of our communities because they’re directly linked to services and expertise needed in Central Queensland,” Professor Delves said.
“We have a firm eye on the bottom line to ensure viability in the future.”
The job drive comes after a union official said a 16% pay rise to be introduced from January 1 was “within a whisker” of being finalised.
NTEU CQUniversity president Dr John Fitzsimmons also praised the university’s new vice-chancellor, Professor Scott Bowman, for the new direction he was giving the university. The substantial pay deal for staff will see salaries move closer to industry benchmarks.
Currently internal course offerings are up 8.4% across all CQUniversity campuses.
Meanwhile nursing enrolments are up 33.6%, while Built Environment programs are up 12.3% and psychology is up 11.4%.