Employment


Students and staff need a stronger voice

Students and staff need a stronger voice


Posted By on Aug 10, 2018

Last week, Annemarie Jutel, Professor of Health at Victoria University, was part of a TEU panel presenting to MPs on the Education Select Committee about the Government’s proposals to return students and staff to tertiary education institution councils. Here she shares her views on why it’s so important the Bill passes and allows for a much stronger voice for students and staff. For too long tertiary education has been in the hands of...

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Funding is the elephant in the room

Funding is the elephant in the room


Posted By on Aug 10, 2018

Craig West, a senior lecturer at Otago Polytechnic, shares his thoughts on the future of the polytechnic sector as part of the Tertiary Education Commission’s ITP Roadmap project. It is great that the Tertiary Education Commission is taking the time to listen to the perspectives of staff working at institutes of technology and polytechnics around the country. Here at Otago Polytechnic we welcomed the opportunity to have an open...

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The ideologically-driven restructuring experiment embarked on by Unitec’s previous executive leadership team, with the blessing of former Tertiary Education Minister Steven Joyce, is one of the main reasons why current Education Minister, Chris Hipkins has been forced to dissolve the institution’s Council and appoint a Commissioner in its place. That’s the verdict of an independent report published today into the disastrous reforms...

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Tertiary Update – Vol 21 No 14 National president of the Tertiary Education Union, Sandra Grey has written again to Stuart McCutcheon responding to efforts by the Vice-Chancellor to silence criticism and prevent debate at the University of Auckland. Grey first wrote to Professor McCutcheon on 22 June stating that intensifying efforts to prevent criticism of the direction he is taking the University is contrary to good employment...

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National MP and Chair of the Education and Workforce Selection Committee, Parmjeet Parmar has told nearly two hundred union members that they will not be given the opportunity to tell MPs in full what they think about legislation to put students and staff back on tertiary education institution councils. MPs on the Education and Workforce Select Committee are in the midst of hearing evidence on the Government’s proposals to put into...

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Murray Strong has been appointed as Commissioner at Unitec with the task of addressing the financial difficulties facing the institution. Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced on Monday that he was dissolving the Unitec Council and appointing Strong in its place. Murray Strong is also the Government-appointed Crown Manager at Tai Poutini Polytechnic. In 2006, he was appointed Commissioner at the Western Institute of Technology at...

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