27 Aug 2012

Vice chancellor escapes via tunnel

8:48 am on 27 August 2012

Latrobe University vice chancellor John Dewar escaped an ambush during a student protest in Melbourne on Sunday by using an underground tunnel network at the university.

The ABC reports the students were protesting against funding and job cuts at the humanities faculty. Their union claims the university plans to cut 41 staff and 500 subjects.

The protesters chased Professor Dewar into a building. But he was able to escape the situation by using the tunnel network and was guided back to his office.

"My colleagues were able to get me back to my office very quickly," he said.

Despite the incident, Professor Dewar said he supports the students' right to protest.

"I think it adds colour and movement to life on campus, I think it's fantastic," he said.