Otago Polytechnic


Shooting and bomb threats create fear

Shooting and bomb threats create fear


Posted By on Oct 8, 2015

Otago University, Otago Polytechnic, Victoria University of Wellington, Massey University and the police have all been quick to respond to anonymous gun and bomb threats issued this week. Otago University advised staff and students of the threat on Tuesday but remained open yesterday, the day the anonymous poster claimed they would carry out their threat. The university, Otago Polytechnic and the police all had comprehensive plans in...

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Tertiary Update Vol 18 No 32 The government is under attack from students, institutions and TEU for its plan to make universities and polytechnics report on former students’ job and income outcomes. TEU warned, in a written statement earlier this week, that such reporting will end up distorting the way educators do their job. “It risks favouring people who teach short-term skills to get their students into immediate but...

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Details of the Clara Immerwahr Essay Competition here. First place: Martin Holmes of Otago University What the judges thought This essay set the issue of scientific advancement into the broader socio-political context. It set out a clear argument and followed through with strong examples and very well chosen quotes. I do hope the author is right – that ‘hardly anyone disagrees that science should have a conscience’ but the...

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Hau Taki Haere Vol 18 No 25 Everyone at Te Kura Matatini ki Otago (Otago Polytechnic) will get a $900 pay rise, no matter what their current salary, if union members vote to ratify their new collective agreement. The proposed new agreement, which TEU members start voting on āpōpō (tomorrow), includes a $900 pay rise on all salaries (pro-rata) from next month and a further increase of $950 on salaries (pro-rata) from Here-tui-koka next...

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Aoraki may jettison Dunedin courses

Aoraki may jettison Dunedin courses


Posted By on Jul 16, 2015

Aoraki Polytechnic’s investment plan means it could close its Dunedin-based courses including hairdressing and media. TEU vice-president Phil Edwards says Dunedin students and employers regard Aoraki’s courses highly, and they are not offered by any other public providers in the city. “We would be very concerned if the new polytechnic that emerged from the Aoraki-CPIT merger were to end these well-respected courses,” says...

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Tertiary Update Vol 18 No 13 Otago Polytechnic is considering drug and alcohol testing for most students and staff, after it tested almost 100 engineering students for drugs earlier this year, reports the Otago Daily Times. TEU organiser Kris Smith has advised members at the polytechnic that it is not necessary or legal to drug test for ordinary workers randomly. The polytechnic has subsequently clarified that it does not mean to...

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