National Union of Students of Australia (NUS) Education Officer Colleen Bolger, states that staff "are being told they will need to front up at McCarthy-style "trials" to plead the case for their subjects over their colleagues'" criticising UoM's Dean of Arts Belinda Probert and the "business mentality of those who run universities" whom she claims many of which also sit on company boards.
University of Melbourne Student Union (UMSU) President, Libby Buckingham claims UoM are spending too much money on "capital works, advertising and the transition to the Melbourne Model..." and that "the future of the faculty is being shaped by voluntary redundancies rather than … consultation about the curriculum.
Victorian College of the Arts Student Union (VCASU) also accuses UoM's restructuring as a pretext for shutting down political representation for Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) students. VCA became a faculty of UoM in 2007 and VCASU has argued UoM's plans have been about rationalisation as opposed to genuine expansion and conclude the university's refusal to discontinue VCASU funding is politically motivated.
Melanie Lazero, a UoM staff member and education activist, in a public debate between the university and UMSU described the Melbourne Model as "shallow" and "a neoliberal idea of education", claiming the model limited students choices.
The 15-year-old UoM creative arts group Crunch have produced Melbourne Model: The Musical, a humorous critique of UoM's restructuring of the arts faculty, where VC Davis is depicted as a "a nymphomaniac rock star", who eventually relocates to Canberra, thus abandoning the university, alluding to Davis' close relationship with Labor Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd. Fregmonto Stokes, the musical's writer, was inspired by what he described as "the cutting of a significant number of subjects for economic reasons". The musical is to be the last production for Crunch which will fold under the Melbourne Model by 2009.
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