Budget tougher for students – NZUSA and TEU media release

Lowering the annual fee increases for students from 4 percent to 3 percent means universities, polytechnics and wānanga will have less money, say national student and staff unions NZUSA and TEU. Slightly slower fee rises are no good if the government does not put in money to reduce the financial pressure on tertiary institutions says, TEU … Continue Reading ››

Unlikely Budget will find missing billion

Tertiary Update Vol 18 No 15

The government’s Budget today is unlikely to have anything new and positive in it for tertiary education. If the government had good news it probably would have started to sing about it by now, says TEU national president Sandra Grey. The problem is, that without a dramatic change in direction, this … Continue Reading ››

Little debates future of work in Auckland

Andrew Little brought dialogue about the Labour Party’s Future of Work commission into Auckland University this week. Little was a guest of TEU’s University of Auckland branch and used his platform to outline five issues affecting work today including new technologies, security of work and income, education and training, meeting employment needs for Māori and Pasifika, … Continue Reading ››

Unitec’s redevelopment – less land and fewer staff

Unitec is undertaking a $250 million campus redevelopment, but Auckland Now reports its progress could be linked to more job losses. Unitec currently sits on a 64.5-hectare block. Unitec owns 53.5 of those hectares, along with 177 buildings. The institution plans to consolidate the space it uses into a nine-hectare block with 10 state-of-the-art … Continue Reading ››

Budget 2015

Below are links to tertiary education and/or union news on Budget 2015. We will update this list regularly in the days following the budget.

Budget 2015 preview

Tertiary Update Vol 18 No 14

The biggest risk in next week’s budget is more competitive tendering for public education funds says TEU industrial and professional vice-president, Phil Edwards. For TEU, there are three core issues that the budget needs to address. The first is the continuing overall cuts to funding in tertiary education that the sector has … Continue Reading ››

Universities want CRI research for their count

The Tertiary Education Commission is considering building closer links between universities and crown research institutes (CRIs) so that universities can count CRI research in their international rankings. Radio New Zealand reports that the commission is considering a proposal from Universities NZ. In its annual review of the Tertiary Education Commission the Education and Science Committee … Continue Reading ››

6,000 Australian students lose qualifications in rort

Ten thousand Australian qualifications from students have been recalled in the last year after the Victorian Registration and Qualification Authority found 6,000 students had studied substandard courses. Tertiary Update took the time this week to talk to the Australian Education Union’s (AEU) Pat Forward about the perilous state of vocational education in Australia and … Continue Reading ››

Pink Shirt Day next week

It is Pink Shirt Day next Friday.  At Massey University, TEU is working with the university’s Pay and Employment Equity Committee to address workplace bullying by holding stalls at each of its three campuses on creating a positive workplace. Waiariki Institute of Technology is also organising pink cakes for morning tea at our various campuses and … Continue Reading ››