Save UTS Student Media

Save UTS Student Media

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Joey Chalita started this petition to Shirley Alexander (UTS Deputy Vice-Chancellor)

Ever since its inception in 1991, UTS Vertigo has provided a launch-pad for for the careers of illustrators, artists, writers, and journalists from UTS. As a service financed by the UTS Student's Association (UTSSA), Vertigo has always been committed to being entirely student-led and student-oriented.

During recent negotiations with the UTSSA, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Shirley Alexander, acting on behalf of the UTS Senior Executive, demanded that funding for Vertigo be reduced  to approximately half of the amount agreed upon by the UTSSA and Vertigo's editorial team at the beginning of the year.

These are actions which have never before been taken towards Vertigo, but which reflect the outlook that the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Senior Executive have held towards their official student publication for several years now. It is also the first time in over a decade that the Senior Executive have infringed upon the autonomy of the UTSSA by dictating the allocation of Student Association finances.

Due to the timing of negotiations, volumes planned for the remainder of 2022 will not be available to the general public in print form. 

This decision has also been handed down shortly after Vertigo published 'The Casual Vagrancy': the first instalment in a series of planned articles which investigate the lack of precaution taken towards the wellbeing and job security of casual tutors at UTS.

The decision to reduce Vertigo's funding from the planned figure for 2022 puts at risk the quality, quantity and legacy of Vertigo. Student media is an essential service to students and staff, keeping people on the ground informed, providing a platform on which students can develop their craft, and holding senior figures to account. The Executive's neglect of UTS Vertigo puts student media at UTS - an institution that prides itself on its leading Communication and Design courses - in a league below that of other tertiary institutions, with no sign of relief in sight.

 

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