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Just off the Manawatu Standard: Massey to take knife to sciences, prompting concern over staff redundancies and courses being dropped.

Staff are being offered voluntary retirement or redundancy, with a sweetener package offering long-serving staff up to 16 weeks’ extra pay.

But if enough staff do not take up the offer, a series of “staffing reviews” would take place next year, Prof Anderson said.

I assume this is more than sending political messages to the capital. Staff in other divisions of the university are also affected.

As an outsider, it is difficult to judge the full scale and intentions of this, but there appears to be moves to reduce some of the courses that are perceived to be duplicating effort (e.g. Information Science will apparently only be given at the Albany campus), or perceived to be less useful.

Perhaps staff at Massey might comment to present a more complete picture?