An internal release confirms Canterbury University plans to reduce staff from 1947 positions to 1596 in the next 3 years, a cut of 351 jobs.
The proposed job losses would be across technical and general staff as well as academic positions.
Blame is placed firmly with the Government by the University:
The implicit message from the Tertiary Education Commission and the minister – that if the institution is willing to lead the way with cuts that could easily run to hundreds of jobs the state may invest in the university once more – is reprehensible.
National President of the Tertiary Education Union, Sandra Grey, said it was essential the cabinet act now to protect the University against the cuts.