Seventy five jobs will be shed as a result of a restructure of the University of Newcastle's schools in the NSW Hunter Valley.
Affected staff were briefed on Tuesday about the proposed impacts of the restructure that would see 63.6 academic and 11.1 professional staff positions lost.
The schools restructure is the final phase of the university's organisational change program.
The program, which has seen a restructure of the university's divisions, colleges and schools, will result in the loss of about 110 full time equivalent positions or a 4.25 per cent reduction to current staffing levels.
Impacted staff will be provided with options ranging from ongoing employment to voluntary redundancy depending on individual circumstances.
The changes also deliver savings of $33 million annually.
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Vice chancellor Alex Zelinsky said the changes sought to address numerous issues including financial stability.
"There are certainly financial imperatives to address through balancing our operating costs with our income - no organisation can continue to run this way, and as one of our regions' largest employers, we have a responsibility to resolve this imbalance," he said.
"Many institutions across the sector have been forced by the pandemic to reassess operations - in terms of keeping lecture theatres open, delivering programs, and reimagining the types of degrees students of today and the next decade are going to need."
Current students will be unaffected by the proposed changes.
"Our School leaders have worked closely to review academic and professional staff roles with a focus on investing in identified student and research growth areas. The proposals also identify where degree demand has declined and needs to be factored into planning for future student intakes," Professor Zelinsky said.
Divisional and school staff have been invited to make submissions on the proposed changes.
They can also indicate interest in taking a voluntary separation package up to the close of business on April 16.
Wednesday's staff briefings represent the start of a formal consultation process for the schools division.