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Tertiary Update – Vol 21 No 11 University of Auckland Vice-Chancellor Stuart McCutcheon’s proposal to cut staff from the Faculty of Education risks worsening the chronic teacher shortage facing New Zealand, the Tertiary Education Union has said. McCutcheon told staff last week that he proposed to cut 23.4 full-time equivalent jobs from the university’s Faculty of Education and Social Work. The proposal is justified on the...

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Minister for Education Chris Hipkins has released for consultation a final draft of the International Education Strategy. The strategy retains much of what the previous National-led Government proposed in in the previous draft, published in July 2017. This included a shift of focus away from growth of the sector to managing quality. The current strategy set targets for export income and student numbers, as well as encouraging...

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University of Auckland Associate Professor, and Tertiary Education Union member, Janet Fanslow has been named a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to the research and prevention of family violence. Based at the University’s School of Population Health, Associate Professor Fanslow has been researching family violence for more than 20 years and her work has been instrumental in proving its high prevalence rate,...

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Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety Iain Lees-Galloway has announced that former National Prime Minister Jim Bolger will head up a new working group tasked with designing a system for Fair Pay Agreements. Promised by the Labour Party before the election, Fair Pay Agreements will be industry-wide agreements that can be triggered when a certain level of support is reached. They will set minimum terms and conditions,...

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Sandra Grey, national president of the Tertiary Education Union, calls on the government to get the tertiary education sector back to basics. The government has asked us all to talk about what we want from our education system in the coming three decades. And the Education Conversation so far seems to be focused on a very simple idea – let’s get back to basics. Let’s make sure that learning is at the heart of all we do. The...

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Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway has announced plans to change student post-study work rights. The proposals include changing the length of time students can stay on in New Zealand to work once they complete their studies. Students completing a non-degree level 7 or below qualification will be eligible for a one-year post-study work visa. However, they will also be required to study for at least two years before they are...

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