|I am sure it will come as no surprise to know that the rest of the week was devoted to the development of the Time for Change documents – a complex nest of different narratives and accompanying tables. Their production and publication was the result of an amazing team effort across the University. I can only offer my heartfelt thanks for all who provided support – including those who forfeited their personal supplies of Malteser’s in the dark hours of the night.
I would reflect that I found the process of appending my signature to the documents which confirmed the disestablishment of over 100 roles and the formal approval of voluntary redundancies very challenging in many personal ways. Equally, I would note that others recognised it for the momentous task it was, and have offered and voiced their generous personal support across a number of days in very different ways. You know who you are – THANK YOU.
The task is now laid out before us all, with the triggering of a formal consultation process around the proposed new organisational structure and mode of operation. It seems so trite to say that this is one of those signature moments for UNE, but it is. I am pleased that we have been able to move to the consultation phase and that an open dialogue can now progress.