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Terrorism bill fraught with risk for academics

Academics studying terrorism, or other topics that the SIS considers not to be in the national interest, could be among those who lose civil rights if an ‘anti-terrorism’ bill becomes law. TEU, the union representing tertiary education staff, says the bill is flawed and it gives unwarranted powers to security agencies - powers that could be … Continue Reading ››
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Funding system pushing tertiary institutions towards fraud

Pressure for funding is driving institutions to take illegal shortcuts says TEU national president Lesley Francey. News that the tertiary education minister Steven Joyce is investigating alleged fraud of at least $10 million from public tertiary education is shocking, but it is the outcome of the financial pressure institutions find themselves under, says Lesley … Continue Reading ››
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‘Consult on promotions policy’: TEU to Auckland VC

Tertiary Update Vol 17 No 40

TEU is asking the vice-chancellor of the University of Auckland to engage in a process of consultation on the university's Academic Grades, Standards and Criteria policy and other policies so the two sides can avoid further litigation. Earlier this month the Employment Relations Authority decided that the vice-chancellor , Prof Stuart … Continue Reading ››
Lesley Francey

TEC, Ministry and Treasury want new funding model

The government should consider a radical shift in tertiary education funding policy according to advice from the Tertiary Education Commission, the Ministry of Education and the Treasury. All three agencies advise the government to shift tertiary education funding away from students and their qualifications and towards employment outcomes. The Ministry of Education … Continue Reading ››
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Academics say academic freedom getting worse

Nearly two-fifths of academic staff say that their level of academic freedom is worse than when they started work, according to a survey on the state of the tertiary education workforce. AUT’s Work Research Institute undertook a State of the Sector survey of tertiary education staff that showed that 39 percent of academics believe academic … Continue Reading ››
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Manukau job cuts ‘running the place into the ground’

Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) confirmed to its staff yesterday that 54 jobs will go before Christmas. Staff and South Auckland community members had been campaigning to turn around the polytechnic's proposal for mass redundancies since they were announced last month. MIT initially proposed cutting 68 jobs. While there were some small improvements in the proposed … Continue Reading ››
Tom Ryan receives life membership award

Dr Tom Ryan – bringing working people together

Tom Ryan was honoured as a TEU life member at the union’s annual awards ceremony on Monday night. Ryan first became a union member 45 years ago, while working as a labourer on the Kaimai Rail Tunnel. The collapse of that tunnel, with the deaths of four workers left him convinced that managerial incompetence and … Continue Reading ››
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NZ union members ending poverty in Tamil Nadu

Over one thousand men and women and their families in Tamil Nadu have had remarkable improvements to their lives, with increased incomes and savings, reduced household indebtedness, and regular school attendance for more of their children thanks to the donations of New Zealand union members. UnionAID, New Zealand’s union run international charity, recently completed a … Continue Reading ››
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TEU launches plan for vocational education

Phil Edwards, TEU’s newly elected industrial and professional vice-president, helped launch an ambitious plan to remove many of the obstacles facing New Zealand’s vocational education system this week. Edwards, who starts his term next year, says the wide range of organisations teaching vocational education are competing with each other for their own survival rather than working … Continue Reading ››
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NZ should beware Australian vocational education

Vocation, a massive Australian stock-exchange listed company, has increased its government subsidies in the last two years from AU$9 million to nearly AU$120 million. Meanwhile public providers have lost 25 percent of their funding per hour of teaching over the same period. Australian union leader Pat Forward used the case study of Vocation to issue a … Continue Reading ››
Tim Bentley

A sixth of tertiary education workers bullied

Tertiary Update Vol 17 No 39

Workplace bullying is not a problem for tertiary education institutions, says AUT’s Professor Tim Bentley, it is a problem of institutions. Bentley, whose Work Research Institute exposed significant bullying in tertiary education institutions, praised the work TEU was … Continue Reading ››

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Job stress ‘serious threat’ at tertiary institutions

Tertiary Update Vol 17 No 38

People working in tertiary education have significantly more workplace stress than the average New Zealander according to survey data from AUT’s Work Research Institute. The survey, which TEU commissioned, was completed earlier this year and will be presented to the union’s annual conference next week. The survey identified the … Continue Reading ››
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TEU members save with benefits and discounts

Giving TEU members access to cheaper computers, and tablets is one of the highlights TEU deputy secretary Nanette Cormack is anticipating at next week’s annual conference. Cormack has been negotiating with the Australian union owned company Member Advantage to put together an extensive range of member benefits for TEU members, including discounts on accommodation, travel, lifestyle … Continue Reading ››