8 October, 2009
Dear Mr. Reynoldson,
i am shocked and, frankly, appalled to hear of the proposed reduction in Higher Degrees by Research (HRD) staff members.
i am strongly opposed to this option as i feel that this will dramatically reduce the services provided to students like me toiling away thousands of kilometers away as external students. It will also, unfortunately place undue stress on the remaining staff members.
When my partner and i researched which Universities to apply to in order to further our education we were assured by several independent bodies that Murdoch provided research degrees that were reputable and therefore valuable and worth trying to attain. This decision and the nature in which it was made does damage to the University’s standing and reputation.
The lack of support shown to HDR students and the lack of consultation afforded to HDR students in this decision process is indicative of the University’s treatment of the HDR student base as a whole.
Such erosion of HDR services is directly related to Murdoch’s recent poor HDR student satisfaction and will, no doubt lead to, ultimately, a drop in candidates seeking to study at Murdoch for higher degrees by research.
Please reappraise this decision and look to the long term rather than the short term savings incurred by axing the support we need. Please advise me of your decision.
if you care about this email Jim at: email@example.com
or even better, if you’re on campus, hand deliver a letter to 4.019 on the fourth floor of the Chancellery.