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Jobs to go as JCU struggles to balance its budget

More than 50 posts may be lost as a result of a $26 million budget cut at James Cook University in northern Queensland.

The university’s vice-chancellor, Sandra Harding, has confirmed that voluntary redundancies will be part of proposed changes to JCU’s “headline structure” to be released later in December for comment.

In a statement posted on to JCU’s website on 2 December, Harding said the proposed restructure followed 18 months of consultation with staff, students and the University Council. The statement does not give a target figure for redundancies, but The Cairns Post has quoted sources saying “more than 50 jobs” are likely to go.

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