La Trobe University funds
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La Trobe University could be the first victim of the pandemic’s brutalisation of the higher education sector, with the institution reportedly weeks away from going broke.

Vice-chancellor John Dewar reportedly told staff yesterday that the university has “no money tucked down the back of the sofa”. The next step could be a 10% salary reduction, and the possibility of forced redundancies, The Age reports.

La Trobe has rejected The Age's report, saying bluntly in a statement: "the university is not at risk of going broke."