Tertiary Update Vol 15 No 29
One result is certain following the election for TEU’s third national president; next year the union will have its first national president who comes from a polytechnic. But the rest of the details are still to be decided. One male and one female, one Aucklander and one Cantabrian, but both have been branch presidents and active national representatives within TEU for several years.
Lesley Francey, the Scotswoman turned South Aucklander, is a senior lecturer in English at the Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT). She says the biggest issue facing our members is preserving and protecting their conditions of employment.
“Restructuring and casualisation are impacting on the lives and livelihoods of members and if elected I would make these industrial issues my priority.”
“The threat to regional provision is also a major issue and one where I think the TEU could be more active in building public awareness of the implications.”
Richard Draper, from the shaky city, is a senior lecturer in communication at Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (CPIT).
He says TEU must ensure that it focuses upon its core business – conditions for its members – and that its governance is prudent and effective.
“My role will be to promote our shared vision of a quality tertiary sector, and that we provide a strong voice for all of our members and for the wider union movement.”
“We also have an immediate challenge – to embed the new structures we envisioned at Conference last year and to make sure these deliver how they were intended. It will be my role to ensure this happens.”
You can read more about the candidates, and ask them questions at the TEU election webpage.
The election for TEU’s third national president opens on Monday next week, 27 August, and closes at 5pm Monday 10 September. All financial TEU members are eligible to vote. TEU’s national secretary and returning officer Sharn Riggs says all members who have an email address in TEU’s database will receive an email with an unique link to the on-line ballot. Members without email addresses will receive a paper ballot in the post.
Also in Tertiary Update this week:
- VC challenged over breach of agreement
- Industry training changes to amalgamate diverse system
- Minister takes second swipe at university councils
- Science institute will be ‘business-facing’
- TEU to award stalwart defenders of education
- TEU challenges compulsory recording of lectures at Auckland Uni
Labour says there are no guarantees for young people when it comes to the Government’s Youth Guarantee scheme. New figures show low course completion rates for the last-chance education programme, with an average of 40 percent of students not finishing. Labour’s Grant Robertson says the 700 or so dropouts from 2010 wasted an estimated $10 million in Government funding – Radio Live
Make a short on-line submission to Parliament’s Government Administration Select Committee to show your support for extending paid parental leave to 26 weeks – TEU website
Strikes, lock-outs, months of fighting and some very public bad blood – and still the Ports of Auckland (POA) dispute is far from over, according to Maritime Union New Zealand’s president Gary Parsloe. Parsloe says union members are in the same position they were earlier this year – wanting to reach an agreement with Ports of Auckland to give port workers job security and stability –Te Waha Nui
“What do we want to be known most for?” That’s not the same as, “What do you want to do?” So we’ll keep doing a lot of things, but we actually have to be known for something to give us that halo effect. So you’re known for Science and Engineering, but you also do Law and Business and whatever – University of Canterbury vice-chancellor Rod Carr to Canta Magazine
“Shortening the length of masters degrees is not about education, it’s about making money for the New Zealand education market. One of the things that is distinctive about New Zealand masters is that they have a very high research component. – which is good for New Zealand, it’s all about creating new ideas, creating new knowledge and if you shorten the courses down you are going to take away quite a bit of the innovation and creativity. That is not good for a country” – TEU president Sandra Grey to Radio NZ Checkpoint
Ako Aotearoa’s National Tertiary Learning & Teaching Conference awill be at NMIT’s Nelson campus this year, from 10-12 October. Confernce orgaisners are looking for registrations and papers – NTLT Conference