TEU leader wants to defend democracy

Today prolific democracy campaigner and Victoria University academic  Dr Sandra Grey takes up her position as president of the 10,000 strong Tertiary Education Union (TEU). Tertiary education is at the forefront of a battle to protect democracy in New Zealand says Grey. Grey, who helped lead the campaign to keep MMP and has spent her academic career … Continue Reading ››

Ten best paid bosses in tertiary education

And their lowest paid colleagues

Tertiary Update Vol 17 No 44

Last week the State Services Commission announced the total remuneration for chief executives and vice-chancellors at public tertiary education institutions.
  1. Prof Stuart McCutcheon earned at least $660,000. That is 25 times more than one of his lowest paid colleagues at the University of Auckland; a computer … Continue Reading ››

Ten branches that recruited the most new TEU members

  1. Waikato Institute of Technology - of 142 members in September 41 joined in the last 12 months = 28.9 percent
  2. Tai Poutini Polytechnic - of 54 members in September 14 joined in the last 12 months = 25.9 percent
  3. NorthTec - of 133 members in September 34 joined in the last 12 months = 25.6 percent
  4. Bay of … Continue Reading ››

Ten of our favourite TEU photos for the year

Time to confront the tyranny of surveys

A guest blog from University of Canterbury branch president Jack Heinemann[ref]Note: this blog is an individual TEU member's perspective and does not represent official TEU policy[/ref]: Those who use surveys to measure goal achievement are obligated to provide evidence that –
  • accomplishment of the goal can be measured using surveys; and
  • the measurement creates no unacceptable harm to … Continue Reading ››

Biggest PTE grows bigger

New Zealand’s largest private tertiary education company, Intueri, bought another PTE, Academy, last week and hopes to increase its revenue by an additional $5 million per year- almost exactly the amount of public funding that Academy currently receives from the government. Tertiary Education Commission figures show that Academy received $4.5 million of public funding this year … Continue Reading ››

10 percent fewer tertiary education staff

Tertiary education staff numbers fell by nearly 10 percent since 2008 according to data released by the State Services Commission last week.  The Human Resource Capability in the New Zealand State Services - 2014 report shows that the number of people working in tertiary education has fallen from 39,100 in 2008 to 35,500 this … Continue Reading ››