### Petitition to Save USQ Mathematics

#### Posted by David Corfield

If you haven’t heard already, Terry Tao outlines the dire situation facing Australian mathematics, and in particular the University of Southern Queensland.

He has set up a petition there too:

I believe that the proposed severe cuts to mathematics, statistics, and computing at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) will do severe and permanent damage to the quality of education in maths and the sciences for USQ students, at a time when the need to support such education is both urgent and widely accepted in Australia at all levels. Service teaching alone, especially at reduced staff levels, cannot deliver the level of mathematics education that the students of USQ deserve. I urge the university administration to negotiate with the Department of Mathematics and Computing to find a compromise solution that will preserve the proven capability of this department to train students and teachers in the maths and sciences at the highest levels of quality.

It currently has over 500 signatures.

Posted at April 9, 2008 9:35 AM UTC
## Re: Petitition to Save USQ Mathematics

This is beginning to be worrying. Bangor was slaughtered a few years ago, so was Hull. A petition can help but the rot is further up in the mentality of administrating academics. Suggestions for action please … world wide!