University of Canterbury


As wildfires continue to spread in Christchurch, members and staff of the TEU send thoughts and best wishes to all those affected. Approximately 450 homes have been evacuated and at least eleven destroyed in fires that have been burning in the Port Hills area since Monday. It is estimated that the fires have spread to cover an area of 1,850 hectares. Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Rod Carr, of the University of Canterbury has written to staff...

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Coming out now safer for TEU members

Coming out now safer for TEU members


Posted By on Mar 10, 2016

Coming out is not a single act but a process they  goes on and on, each new iteration bringing a new emotional issue, says Warwick Anderson from TEU’s Rainbow Te Kahukura network. With the 30th anniversary of homosexual law reform nearing, Anderson reflected with Tertiary Update the on what that law change has meant. These days Anderson is an academic at the University of Canterbury, but before homosexual law reform he was teaching at...

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Tertiary Update Vol 19 No 5 “I was in a garden centre when Sunday’s earthquake hit and everybody froze,” says TEU organiser Gabrielle Moore. “As soon as it stopped everyone ran straight for the car park, to their cars, their phones and their families.” “I was sick to my stomach.  I couldn’t do anything and that feeling of distress did not leave all day.” Moore and  Cindy Doull, another...

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Academic freedom at stake

Academic freedom at stake


Posted By on Nov 26, 2015

Tertiary Update Vol 18 No 40 An attempt by police to prevent a crime researcher using public data raises important academic freedom questions. University of Canterbury sociologist Dr Jarrod Gilbert revealed to the New Zealand Herald yesterday that he has been deemed by the police to be unfit to conduct research. The police have banned him from accessing police data. “As an academic who studies crime, this is rather crippling....

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Eight University of Canterbury cleaners joined TEU in the last week after the union negotiating pay rises of more than 8 percent over three years. Nanette Cormack, who led TEU’s negotiating team, says cleaners’ pay will rise to $16.00 an hour, then $16.50 and $17.00 by 2018. TEU members get each of these pay rises three months earlier than non-union members. Over the three years, union members have negotiated pay rises for cleaners of...

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Control centre security staff and grounds staff at the University of Canterbury have won the right to be part of TEU’s general staff collective agreement. Union members at the university are now voting on whether to ratify a new collective agreement. If they do security and ground staff will join general staff coverage and  lecturers (teaching and administration only) will join the academic agreement. Nanette Cormack, who advocated...

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