University of Western Australia’s decision to close publishing house sparks outrage

(Stephanie Convery, ‘The Guardian’, Fri 8th November 2019)

Five staff at UWAP will either have their contracts terminated or be made redundant as a consequence of the proposed shut down.

Publishing director Terri-Ann White said the decision came “completely out of the blue”.

“It was really surprising when we found out on Tuesday and we were delivered a document that outlined the next steps and intentions for the future,” she told Guardian Australia.

White said that UWAP had been “very open” to embarking on open-access and digital publishing alongside its print priorities, but that the university’s preference appeared to be to “close off one path and start another”.

White said she was very concerned about the lack of provision in the proposed shutdown for servicing the 350 authors on UWAP’s backlist, and for the future of the 35 books scheduled to be published in 2020.

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