Flinders University students in South Australia have petitioned their vice chancellor to come out against the government's higher education proposal to create more expensive degrees, saying the university's support for partial fee deregulation is tarnishing its reputation.
Vice chancellor Colin Stirling confirmed to students in a heated meeting last week that he is in favour of the government's proposal to allow universities to uncap fees and charge as much as they like for "flagship" degrees, in a move aimed to offset the government's planned $2.5 billion cut to the higher education sector.
The Flinders University Student Association tabled a petition with 395 signatures from campus staff and students calling on the vice chancellor to change the university's "embarrassing" stance on deregulation.
Flinders University is a member of the Innovation Research Universities group, the only group to have voiced its support for deregulation.
Alice Workman is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Canberra.
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