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Driving Diversity

Driving Diversity


Posted By on Sep 7, 2018

Driving diversity   Nicola Gaston, author of Why Science is Sexist, and Associate Professor in the Department of Physics at the University of Auckland, looks at the government’s announcement that it will be taking steps to improve diversity in New Zealand’s science system. It has been a long time coming, but we finally have a statement from the Ministry responsible for the lion’s share of research funding in New Zealand – MBIE –...

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My Tongan Story

My Tongan Story


Posted By on Sep 3, 2018

Mālō e lelei! It is Uike Kātoanga’i ‘o e Lea Faka-Tonga – Tongan Language Week. Here Lillien Skudder from the University of Auckland’s Faculty of Education and Social Work talks about her own journey learning Tongan – and her hopes for her children. Hi my name is Lilien Skudder. I am from Tutakamotonga in Tonga. I came to New Zealand with my parents and two older sisters when I was only one month old (1970). Growing up our...

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A plea for a change of heads

A plea for a change of heads


Posted By on Aug 31, 2018

A plea for a change of heads   Sandra Grey, TEU National President As a union activist I understand that management of tertiary education institutions is necessary, but I want to be clear ‘managerialism’ is not. This week Stuart McCutcheon, the vice chancellor of the University of Auckland, used a Universities NZ column to assert that managerial control of tertiary institutions was necessary for them to remain viable. He sang the...

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Stuart McCutcheon’s axe falls on teacher training   Stuart McCutcheon’s axe has fallen on the University of Auckland’s Faculty of Education and Social Work after 21 staff were told this week that their jobs are on the line. Echoing through the Beehive, McCutcheon’s axing of each and every job will make it harder for Jacinda Ardern to fulfil her commitment to end the chronic teacher shortage we face. Early in July , Stuart...

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Stuart, Ecoute nous – listen to us

Stuart, Ecoute nous – listen to us


Posted By on Aug 17, 2018

Stuart McCutcheon’s team has spent today telling people working in the University of Auckland’s School of Cultures, Languages and Linguistics that they may no longer have a job. McCutcheon’s decision to axe 5.5 full-time equivalent jobs, equal to 30 per cent of those working in European languages, suggests he does not see a strong role for the University of Auckland in making sure New Zealand can take advantage of the huge opportunity...

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On today of all days, it should not escape everyone’s notice that at the same time teachers are standing together for an education system that values and attracts new and incredible people to teach our kids, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Auckland, Stuart McCutcheon is cutting the jobs of the very people we need to train them. People across New Zealand are rightly calling on the Education Minister Chris Hipkins to increase...

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