The Year of Conscience

By Jack Heinemann on behalf of the “Year of Conscience” branches

The Dr Clara Immerwahr essay competition offers a $1000 prize to  students. The topic of the essay is the role of conscience in science and technology development, application, and commercialisation Competition rules
2015 is the 100th anniversary of the introduction of gas … Continue Reading ››

Northern solidarity as negotiations imminent

Staff at tertiary institutions in the top half of the North Island  are uniting today to support each other in their employment negotiations this year. Union members from institutes including the University of Auckland, Manukau Institute of Technology, NorthTec, AUT, AIS, Unitec, Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, Awanuiārangi, Waiariki, and Wintec all plan to support each other … Continue Reading ››

90 cent increase to student allowances and loans

Benefit and superannuation payments will increase by 0.51 percent on 1 April, announced social development minister Anne Tolley this week. For students getting a student allowance or student loan that equates to about 90 cents per week says new NZUSA president Rory McCourt. The maximum student allowance will rise from $174.21 to $175.10, and … Continue Reading ››

Councils need academics to protect academic freedom

It would be a grave mistake if the section of the Education Act guaranteeing academic freedom (s161) were to be ignored or overlooked when councils set up their new council constitutions this year say Academic Freedom Aotearoa board members Craig Marshall and Tom Ryan Marshall and Ryan have written an opinion piece where they say … Continue Reading ››

One-third of seats for staff and students

University and wānanga councils should set aside one-third of seats for staff and students says TEU president Sandra Grey.
"Now that the government has passed law to shrink the size of university and wānanga councils, and to remove the legal right of staff and students to seats on councils it is up to local university and … Continue Reading ››

Waikato general staff move closer to Living Wage

Tertiary Update Vol 18 No 3

The lowest paid general staff at the University of Waikato are much closer to the Living Wage now due to a new TEU negotiated collective agreement that lifts their base rate of pay up to $18.50 an hour. A new Living Wage rate will be announced next week but it currently sits … Continue Reading ››

Could an international agreement limit access to scholarship?

This week’s TEU podcast asks how a little known international agreement, the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement or TPPA, could affect tertiary education. In particular, will stricter copyright laws restrict access to scholarship and research?

Private Australian companies preying on vocational education

The Age in Melbourne reports that dodgy private companies are making massive profits from taxpayers' money as a result of controversial vocational education reforms. A recently released study shows many of these profit-making companies are preying on vulnerable students who often drop out and are left with a hefty loan, while the providers reap the benefits … Continue Reading ››

EBS Newsletter Q1 2015

Welcome to our first newsletter for 2015, we hope that you’ve all been able to enjoy the fabulous summer weather and are now excited about the challenges of the new education year. Have a read through your newsletter below to get a better understanding of the great benefits you have available through EBS via your union membership.