35 librarians to be disestablished at UC

Posted By TEU on May 7, 2010 |


Tertiary Update, Vol 13 No 16

Members of TEU at the University of Canterbury have reacted with anger and dismay to the latest change proposal in which fifty-eight staff positions are targeted for disestablishment.  Thirty-five of these positions are in the university’s libraries.

TEU Branch president Megan Clayton says the new roles proposed in place of those marked for redundancy do little to consolidate the expertise and institutional knowledge that are a hallmark of the work done at the university.

“The proposed replacement of the professional librarians who lead the university’s libraries with Centre Manager roles is of particular concern, as is the Vice-Chancellor’s as-yet-untested claim that the ongoing employment of senior librarians would occur at the cost of academic jobs elsewhere in the university.”

TEU has represented its members throughout the submissions process associated with the multiple change proposals initiated under the university’s Project STAR.

Dr Clayton says the union is concerned both for members’ employment and for members’ own vision for the university.

“The labour force of a large public institution such as the University of Canterbury is an asset, not a liability. Positive outcomes for the future are best achieved by treating it as such.”

“The university’s position is significantly conditioned by the increasingly constrained levels of tertiary funding under the present government. Just as New Zealand is paying a price for its previous levels of under investment in trades training and apprenticeships, so this government seems to be setting up the tertiary education sector for a similar fall,” said Dr Clayton.

Also in Tertiary Update this week:

  1. University of Otago begins third of four restructures
  2. Interest free but not fee free loans
  3. NZQA develops mātauranga Māori framework
  4. Early childhood cuts could affect study options
  5. Government’s budget could hurt recovery

Other news

Questions are being asked about an Exclusive Brethren high school at Kerikeri getting Government funding when its teachers are forbidden to encourage students to go to university. The tertiary education bar has been disclosed by teacher Suzette Martin, who was sacked from the private Westmount School last year for providing a year-13 class with a contemporary translation of the Shakespearian play King Lear – The Northern Advocate

Unite Union has requested the New Zealand Qualifications Authority investigate the provision of training for security guards at Allied Security, where staff undergoing training have been supplied with the answers to fill in “in their own words” – Unite

Dr Tom Ryan’s budget preview: “We would like to see the government end its political vendetta against polytechnics. Its excessive attacks on polytechnic funding, governance arrangements and staff working conditions do the government no credit and are hurting the education of students, especially in our provincial regions.” – Education Direction blog

Fears of a possible merger between Whitireia Community Polytechnic and Weltec have been quashed, despite the two institutions now sharing four of their board members – Kapi Mana News

In what seems to become a detestable tradition, leaders and members of the Iranian Teachers’ Trade Associations have been arrested and detained in the days preceding Labour Day and the National Teachers Day, celebrated on 2 May in Iran – Education International

American TV channel PBS’s show Frontline’s College, Inc., has aired a documentary looking at for-profit higher education, its investors, and the U.S. Department of Education’s efforts to regulate it. It tells stories of students plunging deep into debt and unable to get jobs, and traditional academe’s criticisms of its competitors – PBS

First Nations University in Canada is closing its major Saskatoon campus, and is  planning cuts to other locations after failing to retain crucial government funding – Vancouver Sun

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