University of Waikato


Pressure is mounting to save three jobs at the University of Waikato’s Conservatorium of Music following a protest by staff, students and members of the local community. More than two hundred protesters came together on Tuesday morning to tell the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Neil Quigley that cutting jobs risked damaging Hamilton’s reputation as the home of a much loved, thriving and community-focused performing arts scene. Quigley was...

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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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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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Music students at the University of Waikato are planning a series of events to oppose management’s plans to cut three out of the eight full-time staff members working in the music programme. The proposed job cuts are part of a broader shake up of the university’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences that could result in the loss of a 17 jobs in total. Students are planning a Concert for our Conservatorium at 7.30pm on 6 April in the...

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Senior management at the University of Waikato has proposed yet another shake up of its Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, including the loss of 17 jobs. In a proposal to staff, Acting Dean, Professor Allison Kirkman, outlined plans to restructure the Faculty. Proposed changes mean students will no longer be able to study programmes dedicated to Women’s and Gender Studies, Labour Studies and Religious Studies. Courses in history,...

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Putting 17 people at risk of losing their jobs and denying students the opportunity to learn valuable skills in the arts and social sciences is far too high a price to pay for the government to continue its failing experiment in market-based approaches to tertiary education, the Tertiary Education Union (TEU) said today after Waikato University proposed yet another shake up of its Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. In a proposal to...

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