The mood was sombre at the Bendigo campus of La Trobe University yesterday, as news came through that six staff had been told their jobs no longer existed.
The history and religion departments of the Humanities faculty have been hard hit, with five academic staff confirmed as losing their jobs since the announcement of cuts earlier this year.
Among those who will no longer be employed in the well-respected faculty are historian Charles Fahey. Philosopher Harry Oldmeadow also took voluntary redundancy.
In November last year, outgoing Vice Chancellor Paul Johnson predicted the regional enrolment for La Trobe University will double by 2025.
In July, the university announced a review of the Humanities faculty, with a reduction of the number of subjects in the Bachelor of Arts degree from more than 1000 to around 400.
At the time, executive dean of Humanities Tim Murray said the goal was to remove "uneconomic" courses.