You and Your CourseOpportunities
Research and Teaching
Our ResearchResearch Degrees
Partners and Community
Partner with JCU
- About JCUPartner with JCU
- Advanced Analytical Centre
- Applying to JCU
- Australian Lions Stinger Research
- Australian Tropical Herbarium
- Association of Australian University Secretaries
- Australian Quantum & Classical Transport Physics Group
- Careers and Employability
- College of Healthcare Sciences
- College of Medicine and Dentistry
- Division of Tropical Environments and Societies
- Indigenous Students
- International Students
- JCU Eduquarium
- JCU Halls of Residence
- Language and Culture Research Centre
- Marine Geophysics Laboratory
- Open Day
- Parents and Partners
- Pathways to University
- Planning and Performance
- Professional Experience Placement
- Rapid Assessment Unit
- JCU Connect
- Safety and Wellbeing
- Scholarships @ JCU
- Tropical Sustainable Design Case Studies
- VAVS Home
- Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine
- About JCU
Featured News JCU University Council approves historic headline restructure
JCU University Council approves historic headline restructure
JCU University Council approves historic headline restructure
The Council of James Cook University has approved a historic organisational restructure that strengthens JCU and lays the foundations for its future financial sustainability.
On Wednesday night, the University Council unanimously approved a headline restructure that will create seven colleges and replace the faculty and schools system.
Acting Chancellor, Ian Jessup has told staff that the University Council voted unanimously in favour of approving the proposed headline restructure.
JCU Vice Chancellor, Professor Sandra Harding has told staff forums that the new structure will foster innovation and provide greater opportunities for collaboration across disciplines.
“It will secure and enhance learning programs which are in high demand including environmental science, tropical medicine and health,” she said.
Professor Harding said the restructure sets the University on a path to realise JCU as a ‘great’ university, renowned for education and research relevant to the tropics.
The existing structure of 15 schools under the faculties will be replaced by seven colleges, three of which would be under the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine and four under the Division of Tropical Environments and Societies.
The colleges will be:
Medicine & Dentistry
Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences
Marine & Environmental Sciences
Science, Technology & Engineering
Business, Law & Governance
Arts, Society and Education
The restructure also establishes four divisions covering Global Strategy & Engagement, Academic & Student Life, Research & Innovation, and Services & Resources.
Professor Harding said the ambition is to uphold a university that is unique in the Australian higher education setting, in terms of its focus, the student experience and its engagement.
The restructure follows almost 18 months of extensive consultation with staff, students, the University Council and other stakeholders on the possible future directions of JCU.
In December 2013 a draft structure was released to the University community for consultation. More than 200 written submissions were received and substantial changes have been made to the proposed structure taking into account those submissions.
Professor Harding said the consultation process showed there is strong support for changing the University’s structure.
“The decision to recommend reorganisation of the University was not taken lightly and it provides a unique opportunity to harness the desire for change among our staff,” she said.
“Clearly this is going to be a time of transition. The job is to implement the structure and I am looking for the patience and support of staff in this transition phase,” she said.
Professor Harding said the restructure is not about cost-cutting but positioning the University for the future.
But she said that like all universities, JCU does need to consider how it will deal with deep funding cuts.
Government funding to JCU is expected to be reduced by approximately $26 million, with cuts proposed by the previous Labor Government supported by the new Coalition Government.
Professor Harding said the historic reforms will have no impact on teaching programs or students, who begin the academic year later this month.
“But in time, the restructure will give the University greater scope to consider new and exciting curriculum offerings linked to our future agenda and the needs of northern Queensland,” she said.
JCU Media contact: Richard Davis (07) 4781 4822 or 0413 451 475
Date issued: February 13, 2014
- James Cook University
- Bachelor of Advanced Science
- Bachelor of Arts
- Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences
- Bachelor of Business
- Bachelor of Business / Laws
- Bachelor of Business & Environmental Science
- Bachelor of Dental Surgery
- Bachelor of Early Childhood Education
- Bachelor of Primary Education
- Bachelor of Secondary Education
- Bachelor of Environmental Practice
- Bachelor of Geology
- Bachelor of Information Technology
- Bachelor of Laws
- Bachelor of Nursing Science (External)
- Bachelor of Midwifery
- Bachelor of Pharmacy
- Bachelor of Physiotherapy
- Bachelor of Planning
- Bachelor of Psychological Science
- Bachelor of Science
- Bachelor of Social Work
- Bachelor of Speech Pathology
- Bachelor of Sport & Exercise Science
- Bachelor of Veterinary Science
- Bachelor of Clinical Sciences (Honours)
- Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)
- Bachelor of Engineering / Science (Honours) MBA in Tourism
- Master of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
- Master of Data Science
- Bachelor of Sports Psychology
- Bachelor of Marine Science
- Bachelor of Medicine / Surgery
- Bachelor of Nursing Science [Pre-Registration]
- Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science (Honours)
- Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours)
- Bachelor of Psychology
- Master of Conflict Management & Resolution
- Graduate Certificate of Conflict Management & Resolution
- Master of Global Development
- Master of International Tourism & Hospitality Management
- Bachelor of Technology and Innovation
- Bachelor of Science & Bachelor of Laws
- Diploma of Higher Education
- Diploma of Higher Education (Business)
- Diploma of Higher Education Majoring in Business Studies
- Diploma of Higher Education Majoring in Engineering and Applied Science
- Diploma of Higher Education Majoring in General Studies
- Diploma of Higher Education Majoring in Health
- Diploma of Higher Education Majoring in Information Technology
- Diploma of Higher Education Majoring in Science
- Diploma of Higher Education, Majoring in Society and Culture
- Pathway to University Bridging Courses
- Get Into University Without an ATAR
- Get Into University Courses with a Low ATAR
- Dentistry School Courses
- Midwifery Training Courses
- Pharmacy School
- ECE Degree Online
- Physiotherapy School
- Primary Teaching Degree Online
- Sports Science University
- High School Teaching Courses
- Pre Registration Nursing Courses