Education


Planned changes at the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand will see 45 full time equivalent roles replaced by 46 newly created more specialist jobs, the institution’s management announced last week. Open Polytechnic currently employs 389 permanent full-time equivalent staff. Under the changes 45 academic and management roles will be disestablished, with the establishment of 46 full time equivalent new academic and online specialist...

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Contributing to the Voices of Tertiary Education Project, Dr. Lisa Maurice-Takerei from the Unitec Institute of Technology explores what quality means for vocational education and training. The term ‘quality’ features frequently in the Tertiary Education Strategy (2014-2019) and in tertiary education in general – with a call for ‘higher quality and more relevant provision from TEOs’, ‘high quality qualifications’, ‘high quality staff’...

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The Ara Institute of Canterbury has confirmed that changes being made to the art and design courses offered in Timaru this year will lead to a reduction of staff. Last year, Ara had delivered two new Level 4 creative industries courses in Timaru, and developed two Level 5 programmes to be offered this year, while three former courses have been scrapped. The changes will see staff numbers fall from four fulltime equivalent staff to...

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Plans announced by the government today to restore the legal right of staff and students to have a representative on Tertiary Education Institution councils will strengthen decision-making, ensuring it better reflects the demands of teaching and learning, the Tertiary Education Union (TEU) said. The Education Amendment Bill introduced to Parliament this afternoon by Education Minister Chris Hipkins will require all...

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Tertiary Update – Vol 21 No 2 News that a shortage of skilled workers in the construction sector could delay the completion of a hotel in Auckland highlights the critical role tertiary education plays in bolstering our economy and why it needs to be properly funded. Radio New Zealand reported this morning that 200 tradespeople from China will be flown in to complete a new $200 million Auckland hotel because of a shortage of...

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Plans to restore the legal right of staff and students to have a representative on Tertiary Education Institution councils will strengthen decision-making, ensuring it better reflects the demands of teaching and learning, the Tertiary Education Union (TEU) said. The Education Amendment Bill introduced to Parliament this week by Education Minister Chris Hipkins will require all universities, polytechnics and wānanga...

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