Tertiary Update Vol 14 No 27
CPIT is seeking to make its staff teach more hours on more days across the year and give up weeks of leave. Tertiary Education Union (TEU) advocate Kris Smith says it is simply not fair for a polytechnic that has made large surpluses to do this, while not increasing staff pay since 2009.
“Staff at CPIT are already giving their all, including working long hours and extra days to help students through the aftermath of the earthquakes. But just because they are doing that now does not mean the polytechnic should take away their leave or their contractual right to a fair limit on teaching days and timetabled teaching hours” says Ms Smith.
Wanting staff to give up leave and to teach more hours and over more days will affect quality says Ms Smith. “Students are not asking for more classes over more days and hours, so why is the polytechnic trying to make its staff work these longer hours? Longer hours and less leave mean more workplace stress and unfair pressure on quality education.”
TEU members at CPIT are holding a paid stop-work meeting on Monday 1 August at 10 am where they will announce the result of an industrial action ballot taken in response to this proposed increase in workload. They will be arriving with placards protesting the polytechnic’s proposal to take their leave and increase their working hours.
Also in Tertiary Update this week:
- Restructuring at Vic draws public opposition
- International support for general staff rights
- Government blocks public hearing on trade agreement
- Paid recognition of Māori and Pasifika union leaders at University of Canterbury
With the Government’s cuts to refugee study grants about to come into effect, refugee students will need extra help and support, an agency says. Last year the Government cut refugee study grants from next year. The grants, which began in 2003, provided recipients up to $4000 a year for each year of their qualification – The Dominion Post
A priest working as a senior executive at the Auckland University of Technology has resigned after “accounting discrepancies” involving hundreds of thousands of dollars. Jonathan Kirkpatrick was chief executive of the AUT Business Innovation Centre and is now at the centre of a police complaint. – New Zealand Herald
The founder of a trades-focused education centre says Māori students thrive under its guidance. MIT’s director of external relations Stuart Middleton told Nine to Noon that students are doing far better than they would under the regular school system. He says the national average for Māori students getting level 1 NCEA or national certificate of educational achievement standards in Year 11 is 61%. However, Mr Middleton says under its system, they are achieving 80% – Radio New Zealand’s Nine to Noon
A church in Arizona and one in Kentucky are suing one another over the sale of an apparently unaccredited for-profit online university. The suits say that Child of the King Ministries, in Louisville, sold American International University to Church for the Nations, in Phoenix, last year. Child of the King says that Church for the Nations isn’t making the required payments. But Church for the Nations says that Child of the King made false claims about the university, including that it had accreditation, was affiliated with various other educational institutions, and had a base of foreign students who wanted an American degree. – The Louisville Courier-Journal via Inside Higher Ed
Pressure to perform well in audits such as Excellence in Research for Australia and in international rankings has left universities juggling their budgets to cover an estimated $2.7 billion research-spending shortfall. “There is a clear trend of universities diverting more income to research in terms of their total operating expenditure” – The Australian
TEU Tertiary Update is published weekly on Thursdays and distributed freely to members of the Tertiary Education Union and others. You can subscribe to Tertiary Update by email or feed reader. Back issues are available on the TEU website. Direct inquiries should be made to Stephen Day.