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Tertiary Update – Vol 21 No 8 Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs) should be allowed to renegotiate conditions of work so staff can be used “more efficiently,” according to a paper agreed by Cabinet Ministers last month. Written by Minister of Education, Chris Hipkins, the paper says ITP collective agreements are not flexible enough because, he says, they stop people from working longer hours and are a barrier to ITP...

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Staff call for greater representation

Staff call for greater representation


Posted By on Apr 19, 2018

Nearly 500 staff working in the tertiary education sector have hold MPs that they would like to see greater representation for students and staff on institution councils. The call comes as part of a public submission process to inform the Education and Workforce Select Committee’s deliberations on the Education Amendment Bill. Put forward by Education Minister Chris Hipkins, the bill would make sure at least one student and one staff...

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Ministry sets out plans for VET review

Ministry sets out plans for VET review


Posted By on Apr 19, 2018

The government should ensure a network of regional provision, support a diverse range of learners and facilitate work-based learning, according to a paper published by the Ministry of Education. The paper sets out the scope and process for a review the vocational education training (VET) sector, which Education Minister, Chris Hipkins committed to in his recent Education Work Plan. Confusingly, this review is running in parallel to...

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Sandra Grey, national president of the Tertiary Education Union, shares her experience of last week’s Australian Education Union’s technical and further education Council – and draws alarming parallels between reforms in Australia and ideas put forward in a Cabinet paper on the future of Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics. The beauty of the global education reform movement – the GERM – is how simple it seems to have been to...

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TEU members celebrate general staff

TEU members celebrate general staff


Posted By on Apr 19, 2018

Union members across New Zealand will come together tomorrow to celebrate the contribution general staff make to their institutions. They go by many names – general staff, professional staff, allied staff – and they are crucial to making sure students enjoy a quality learning experience. The Tertiary Education Union’s (TEU) General Staff Day is an annual celebration and some Vice-Chancellors and Chief Executives agree to give their...

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Tertiary Update – Vol 21 No 7 Time is running out to have your say on plans to put students and staff back on polytechnic, university and wānanga councils. Education Minister Chris Hipkins is proposing to change education law to make sure there is at least one student and one staff member with a seat on tertiary education institution councils. The new law passed its first reading in Parliament recently, and is now open to public...

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