WITT


NZQA’s decision to downgrade the confidence it has in the Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki’s (WITT) ability to provide quality education is symptomatic of a tertiary education system under immense strain. Published on Friday, NZQA’s latest External Evaluation and Review (EER) downgraded WITT to a category three, indicating it is “not yet confident” in the institution’s education performance or self-assessment. The downgrade...

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NZQA’s decision to downgrade the confidence it has in the Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki’s (WITT) ability to provide quality education is symptomatic of a tertiary education system under immense strain, the New Zealand Tertiary Education Union said today. Published on Friday, NZQA’s latest External Evaluation and Review (EER) downgraded WITT to a category three, indicating it is “not yet confident” in the institution’s...

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WITT courses put on notice


Posted By on Jan 19, 2017

The Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki (WITT) is cutting at least one course from its programme for the coming year, with another two at risk. WITT Chief Executive, Barbara George, told Stuff that the certificate in photography would be cut due to low enrolments. Teaching in the topic will now be part of the general creative arts course. Courses in marae catering, fitness training and computing are also under threat. George...

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WITT members quick to find settlement

WITT members quick to find settlement


Posted By on Dec 11, 2014

Tertiary Update Vol 17 No 43 Strong union membership at Taranaki’s WITT helped the polytechnic settle on new working conditions and pay. Within the space of two days last fortnight, union members were able to reach an agreement that includes a pay rise and no cuts to core conditions. Two weeks ago, WITT was in collective agreement negotiations with its staff who are TEU members. Both sides were concerned that the polytechnic had...

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Pressure for funding is driving institutions to take illegal shortcuts says TEU national president Lesley Francey. News that the tertiary education minister Steven Joyce is investigating alleged fraud of at least $10 million from public tertiary education is shocking, but it is the outcome of the financial pressure institutions find themselves under, says Lesley Francey. Lesley Francey says that tertiary institutions are paid for...

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WITT votes on new pay system

WITT votes on new pay system


Posted By on Mar 28, 2013

Tertiary Update Vol 16 No 9 TEU members at the Western Institute of Technology in Taranaki (WITT) are voting on a new, more transparent, pay system. Negotiations at WITT were late to start last year while the polytechnic dealt with the government’s level 1-2 foundations studies cuts to polytechnics. However, negotiations started properly in January and union members focused on progressing a previous commitment from the polytechnic to...

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