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Otago University confirms job cuts

Otago University confirms job cuts


Posted By on Oct 12, 2017

Tertiary Update – Vol 20 No 30 The University of Otago confirmed today that 160 general staff positions will be cut as part of a massive shake-up in the way support services are delivered at the university. The university announced this afternoon that it has decided to proceed with a shared services model, which will see services such as student advice and support from cut from individual departments and replaced with more...

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Sandra Grey, national president of the Tertiary Education Union, reflects on some of the debate taking place at this week’s Education International Asia-Pacific conference. Another mass shooting in the US, ethnic cleansings and genocide, climate change threating the very existence of Pacific nations, and government support for companies profiting off poor communities desperate for education opportunities illustrate the complex world...

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Staff and students at Massey University have come together to urge the Vice-Chancellor to support well paid jobs. Several hundred staff and students have signed postcards calling on Vice-Chancellor Jan Thomas to introduce a transparent and equitable pay model for general staff and to offer a pay increase so staff can meet rising living costs. In recent years, pay increases for staff at Massey University have not kept pace with...

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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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Enrolments down as cost of living rises

Enrolments down as cost of living rises


Posted By on Oct 12, 2017

The number of students enrolling in tertiary education has dropped to its lowest point in more than a decade, according to Ministry of Education figures. Ministry figures show 353,000 domestic students were enrolled in tertiary education last year, down from 423,030 people in 2009. The decline has been caused by the lack of financial support available to students and rising living costs, the New Zealand Union of Students’...

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This week is Mental Health Awareness Week which offers an important opportunity to reflect on the impact workplaces can have on our mental health. Looking after the wellbeing of staff benefits everyone – and tertiary education institutions need to do more. When staff feel their work is meaningful and they are valued and supported, they tend to have higher wellbeing levels. Published earlier this year, research by Tertiary...

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