Unitec


Unitec Commissioner and CE urged to slow down The announcement that 19 courses and up to 200 jobs may be affected by change at Unitec may not have been a shock to staff, but the speed of consultation proposed is untenable. Yesterday Unitec’s interim chief executive Merran Davis told Checkpoint it needed to reduce costs by 20 percent due to dropping student numbers over the last few years. Unitec has just received confirmation of a $50...

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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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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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Tertiary Update – Vol 21 No 13 Unitec’s likely $50 million bailout, and the proposed appointment of a commissioner to replace its Council, teaches us two important lessons, the Tertiary Education Union (TEU) said. The first of these lessons is that the policies of the last National Government are still being felt across the tertiary sector and are placing many of our public institutions in peril. The second lesson it teaches...

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The announcement today that Unitec will likely receive close to a $50 million bailout over the next two years, and the proposed appointment of a commissioner to steer the institution through a period of extreme financial difficulty, points to two important lessons – first, that policies of the last National Government are still being felt across the tertiary sector and are placing many of our public institutions in peril, and, second,...

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Unitec Chief Executive steps down

Unitec Chief Executive steps down


Posted By on Oct 12, 2017

The Chief Executive of Unitec, Rick Ede, has announced that he is stepping down after almost 10 years in the role. Ede’s contract had been due to finish at the end of 2018; however his resignation means the search for a new Chief Executive will start earlier than expected. The announcement follows a recent decision to bring back in-house many of the functions and activities that Unitec management outsourced to the business services...

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