Tertiary Update Vol 13 No 37
A ruling this week by the Employment Authority means Whitireia tutor Anne Abbott has the intellectual property rights to maths workbooks which the polytechnic was trying to claim as its own. Ms Abbott, who has worked for Whitireia for over 20 years as a Foundation Studies tutor, had developed and updated a collection of workbooks for her own use in her teaching.
In 2004 Whitireia introduced a new intellectual property policy claiming that it had the ownership rights over property created by staff members in the course of their employment or when using polytechnic time, resources or facilities.
Whitireia wrote to Ms Abbott in 2009 claiming ownership of her workbooks and threatening disciplinary action if she did not acquiesce. Ms Abbott rejected the claim, saying that she had created the workbooks in her own time and also uses them as part of her secondary employment as a private tutor.
The authority found that Ms Abbott’s job description did not require her to make workbooks and that she was able to meet the requirements of her job without using the workbooks.
“While the workbooks arose out of her employment and are informed by it, they nonetheless were the result of the applicant’s intellectual curiosity and sense of professionalism and do not belong to Whitireia.”
Also in Tertiary Update this week:
- TEC claims there’s more money but where is it?
- Govt should compensate for VSM
- EFTS cap forces redundancies at Waikato Uni
- ‘Insidious’ market encroachment following economic crisis
Massey’s embattled cleaners say two hours of free counselling is not a fair exchange for their livelihoods. The cleaners pleaded for their jobs during a last-ditch protest outside the office of Massey University vice-chancellor Steve Maharey yesterday. About 40 Manawatu cleaners received letters from employer OCS Ltd on Friday telling them to reapply for part-time jobs or face redundancy within two weeks –Manawatu Daily News
The Australian government will introduce legislation today to restore compulsory student amenities fees at Australian universities. Minister for tertiary education, Senator Chris Evans, said it was important to restore a range of depleted services at universities, particularly in regional Australia, and cited sporting, health and counselling services as key areas. He also took a swipe at the Howard government’s voluntary student unionism legislation which had abolished services and amenities fees for students. – The Australian
TEU members of Union Climate Action at Eastern Institute of Technology are holding a potluck low carbon breakfast on October 13 for employees who leave their car at home and find alternative ways to travel to work. Their action is one of over 4,100 events in 170 countries that form part of the Global Climate Action Working Bee – Union Climate Action
The former principal of an Aberdeen university has handed back an honorary degree in protest at a similar award being given to Donald Trump. Dr David Kennedy, principal of Robert Gordon University (RGU) between 1987-97, said he was “appalled” at plans to honour the US tycoon next month – BBC
Tuition fees in the UK may need to rise to more than £7,000 a year to compensate universities for the cuts in teaching funding being considered by the coalition government, the president of Universities UK has warned. He referred to newspaper reports that have suggested that the coalition intends to cut the teaching budget by as much as £3.5 billion in a bid to shelter research – Times Higher Education Supplement
Teaching has become separated into various components, now performed by different people according to different values, completely jeopardising university teaching as a research-informed activity. Certain activities, including curriculum planning or assessment, are being hived off and deemed ‘faculty support’ – Joss Jesson, in Churn: The Unacceptable Face of the Global Knowledge Economy? New Zealand Journal of Teachers’ Work, Volume 7, Issue 1, 74-82, 2010.
Workers at the Ministry of Education are holding a two-hour work stoppage at offices across the country today. This nationwide stoppage marks the start of an industrial action campaign by members of the PSA who work for the Ministry. The union wants a fair pay system to be part of its members’ collective agreement. “Our members have had enough of the Ministry’s arbitrary pay system that rewards only some. Last year our members pay was frozen while managers within the Ministry received over half a million dollars in bonuses,” says PSA National Secretary Brenda Pilott – PSA
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