Tertiary Update – Vol 21 No 12
Staff at institutes of polytechnics and technology up and down the country will soon have an opportunity to shape the future of the sector, thanks to a series of meetings co-facilitated by the Tertiary Education Union and the Tertiary Education Commission.
The TEC will visit every ITP in New Zealand to speak to staff as part of their ITP Roadmap 2020 project, the purpose of which is to look at the future of the structure and operation of the ITP network.
Separate discussions will also take place with management and councils at each institution.
When the Roadmap project started, staff had not been given a proper chance to have their say. Many felt that they had been excluded and that a small group of senior leaders was having a disproportionate impact on the work being done.
That has changed thanks largely to the work of the TEU pushing the government into a space where staff voice is taken seriously.
“We are really pleased to be running these meetings in partnership with the TEC. It is so important staff have the chance to tell decision makers what they want ITPs to look like in future. I do understand there may be constraints around workloads and time that could prevent some staff attending, but I hope as many as possible make the most of this important opportunity,” Sandra Grey, national president of the TEU,” said.
The TEU has written to every ITP Chief Executive to ask that staff are given the time to attend. Sector leaders will have their chance to input, so it is important staff can do the same.
Details of each meeting will be circulated to all staff at institutions shortly.
Also in Tertiary Update this week:
- MPs told to increase student and staff seats on councils
- Job cuts and library closure confirmed at University of Auckland
- Increase in level 1 to 4 student numbers
Education New Zealand has published a summary of international student enrolment information for the full year to 31 December 2017 – ENZ
Chief Executive of Manukau Institute of Technology, Gus Gilmore, has written about in-work training and the need for polytechnics to do more to help people into jobs – Herald
Universities New Zealand has made a submission to the government’s Mental Health Inquiry – Stuff
The University of Canterbury has appointed Professor Cheryl de la Rey as their new Vice-Chancellor, to start in February 2019 – Canterbury
The University of Otago will increase its international student fees by 2 to 5 percent across a range of subjects – ODT
Ako Aotearoa has opened applications for its National Project Fund – Ako Aotearoa