University of Otago


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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TEU members celebrate general staff

TEU members celebrate general staff


Posted By on Apr 6, 2017

TEU members across New Zealand came together yesterday 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 New Zealand students get the world class learning experience that they deserve and expect. TEU’s General Staff Day is an annual celebration and most Vice-Chancellors and Chief Executives...

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Māori university graduates say that support from whānau is the most important factor that helped them to complete their qualifications, according to research published by the University of Otago’s National Centre for Lifecourse Research (NCLR). Respondents said their whānau provided practical support like accommodation and childcare, as well as emotional support and the motivation to succeed. However, the findings also show that...

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Financial challenges and falling student numbers are likely to lead to job cuts in the University of Otago’s School of Physical Education, pro-vice-chancellor Professor Richard Barker has said. The news comes in the same week as the university was named the seventh best in the world for studying sport and sport-related disciplines. Speaking to the Otago Daily Times earlier in the week, Barker said staff were offered voluntary...

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New TEU women in science network

New TEU women in science network


Posted By on Mar 1, 2017

A new network has been formed by TEU members at the University of Otago to promote female scientists and address equity issues for women working in the sciences. The new Women in Science Network was established last week at a TEU meeting featuring a presentation by Nicola Gaston, Associate Professor at the University of Auckland, whose book Why science is sexist warns of the damaging consequences of unconscious biases against female...

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University of Otago vice-chancellor, Professor Harlene Hayne, has found herself in the middle of controversy over a response to academics who had lobbied her about one of the job cuts at the university. The Otago Daily Times (ODT) reported that Professor Hayne sent replies not only to those academics that had emailed her, but had copied in other vice chancellors. The TEU National President Sandra Grey wrote and met with Professor...

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