Employment


NorthTec bosses have invited staff aged over 62 years to express an interest in quitting their jobs, raising fears that institution bosses are considering a further restructure by stealth, as well as wasting public money. The retire or resign offer has been made to staff who are not already affected by NorthTec management’s decision last week to press ahead with plans to cut more than 40 jobs, axe courses and close the...

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The Tertiary Education Union (TEU) said today that the State Services Commission (SSC) should take steps to reduce the imbalance in pay between Vice-Chancellors and Chief Executives and other staff of tertiary education institutions (TEIs). State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes has called for the brakes to go on chief executive pay across the State Sector following publication of the Senior Pay Report 2017 earlier this week. He...

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Auckland’s BEST Pacific Institute of Education closed last week after funding to the private training provider was pulled, leaving more than 1,000 students looking for somewhere else to study. Shareholders decided the institution could no longer trade after the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) cut funding because of concerns about its financial sustainability and performance. The TEC has been tasked with finding an...

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Staff, students and the local community must be given a leading role in a new Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) project to look at the future of Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics, the Tertiary Education Union (TEU) said. Launched this week, the project will look at the financial viability of ITPs and what changes can be made to ensure the sector’s long-term sustainability. But when making the announcement the TEC did not...

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Tertiary Update – Vol 20 No 37 Some of the lowest paid people at the University of Auckland can now look forward to a fairer return on their work from next year, thanks to Tertiary Education Union (TEU) members who have negotiated collectively for a significant boost in pay for their lower paid colleagues. The proposed two year settlement will see pay increase by up to 4 percent in each year for those earning less than $40,000,...

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Male scientists received the overwhelming majority of research grants in engineering, health, and medicine over the past decade, according to research from the University of Technology in Sydney. The gender imbalance in funding undermines women’s academic work because most recipients chose to work in male-only teams, the study says. This exclusion can have a lasting impact on women researchers. For new scientists, joining a...

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