Fiji Time: 12:58 PM on Monday 6 July

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Uni refuses to comment

Tevita Vuibau
Tuesday, February 25, 2014

THE University of the South Pacific says they will not respond to any comment made by former journalism head of school Dr Ian Webber who resigned in acrimonious circumstances just a week into USP's first semester.

This comes as USP announced yesterday that Patrick Craddock will replace Dr Webber as head of the program.

He will be joined by former Sydney Morning Herald and Newcastle Herald journalist Matthew Thompson.

Mr Craddock, who had taught and delivered programs in broadcast journalism for the past two decades, had lectured previously at USP in broadcast journalism, working with the program's former head Professor David Robie.

School of Language Arts and Media head Professor Sudesh Mishra said he hoped the journalism program would be back to normal in a week but added he would not discuss Dr Webber's resignation.

"Well I don't think it is necessary to discuss it because he has resigned so the moment that we accepted his resignation he is no longer part of USP," Dr Mishra said.

Dr Webber had told this newspaper last week there were a litany of reasons for his resignation, alleging there was mismanagement of the program and undermining of his authority as well as visa issues.

"I'm resigning over the inability of USP management to consult with the people who run the department," Dr Webber said.

"It was a litany of very poor decision- making and it wasn't so much the decisions themselves — it was the lack of consultation without them really knowing what the consequences were and you know the journalism department is a very sensitive area.

"There's also issues of not providing me with legal documentation to work in this country in a timely manner."





Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
JPY 58.805555.8055
GBP 0.30670.2987
EUR 0.43440.4224
CNY 2.98292.8829
NZD 0.72200.6890
AUD 0.64160.6166
USD 0.47950.4625

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 6th July 2015

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Born to run, Naholo's sacrifice pays off
  2. Golden Lift
  3. Team Fiji settles in
  4. Fijian rugby players emerge from cocoon
  5. Naholo's life outside rugby
  6. Deadly spill a threat
  7. Watch where you sit, warns LTA
  8. FIJIAN INFLUENCE
  9. 85pc of Fijians suffer from NCDs
  10. Source of income

Top Stories this Week

  1. Education shocker Tuesday (30 Jun)
  2. The discovery of illegal weapons in Fiji Tuesday (30 Jun)
  3. Ratu Jope passes away Wednesday (01 Jul)
  4. Club sold for $14k Tuesday (30 Jun)
  5. Bainimarama challenges Flying Fijians ahead of Rugby World Cup Tuesday (30 Jun)
  6. 'Complicated' English Wednesday (01 Jul)
  7. New date Wednesday (01 Jul)
  8. 'Please do not give' Thursday (02 Jul)
  9. Lal remains in exile Thursday (02 Jul)
  10. 7s exodus Friday (03 Jul)