The downturn is hitting the University hard.
The Government is cutting our funding and support for third level generally.
This is an opportunity for us to re-think how UCC is managed.
Over the the last ten years, inefficiencies have developed in ever corner of UCC. We need to trim the fat of UCC’s mountain of bureaucracy and waste.
We need to make sure the University doesn’t take the easy way out and cut student services, the library and vital student resources.
We will need to work with student services to fight this.
Staff can only do so much to defend the cuts, after all the University is their employer – as students we are much more free to fight the hard fight and say what needs to be said. I promise to speak up and make sure these cuts are avoided and provide alternative areas for trimming.
Two examples of UCC’s bizarre priorities are its huge budgets for its Media Office, as well as its Gallery.
These are areas which I want to immediately look at for savings.
But we do need to work with the University not against them or we risk being frozen out of decision-making.
As the recession deepens more and more students will need extra help to survive, we need to make sure that UCC is ready for this.
As Deputy President I want to press the University to cut wasteful spending and become more efficient.
UCC needs to do more with less, before it is too late.
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