Universities


Students, staff and union members will stand together on 10 May to call on the Vice-Chancellor of Victoria University to pay the Living Wage. Victoria’s Living Wage Day will add further pressure on Professor Grant Guilford, who has so far ignored hundreds of staff, students, alumni and community leaders that have signed postcards and letters urging the him to make Victoria the first Living Wage university in New Zealand. Supporters...

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University of Otago management could be about to propose a major shake-up of the way general staff work at the university, once the results of a support services review currently underway are known. It is widely expected that the review, which started in 2015, will recommend services are shared across the whole institution rather than replicated in separate departments. The job losses that are likely to result follow cuts made to the...

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Tertiary Update Vol 20 No 13 Future generations of students could miss out on tertiary education altogether if a planned law change goes ahead, Sandra Grey, TEU national president, will tell parents and educators at the annual general meeting of the Quality Public Education Coalition (QPEC). Grey will tell QPEC that the choices students make regarding what to study could be restricted to the most profitable courses and locations under...

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Proposed cuts to the University of Waikato’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) will jeopardise the study options available to current and future students, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Neil Quigley, was told on Tuesday at a rally attended by staff and students. The VC plans to cut seventeen teaching jobs from music, religious studies, political science and public policy, screen and media, history, linguistics and women,...

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Tertiary Update Vol 20 No 12 Tertiary education staff fear speaking out about issues happening in their institutions, yet in comments earlier this week, the Minister for Tertiary Education, Paul Goldsmith, chose to ignore the problem. Goldsmith was responding to recent media coverage about free speech on university campuses following publication of open letter signed by 27 high-profile New Zealanders. The letter came one week after...

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Staff and students at the University of Waikato have come together to campaign to save the arts and social sciences, as bosses press ahead with plans to cut 17 jobs. Save Waikato’s ASS launched this week by staff responds to a proposed shake up of the university’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) that jeopardises the study options available to current and future students in the Waikato region. History, political science,...

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