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The New Zealand Tertiary Education Union – Te Hautū Kahurangi o Aotearoa


Tertiary Update Vol 20 No 24 University of Otago Vice-Chancellor Harlene Hayne has announced plans to cut 182 full-time equivalent jobs from some of the university’s most vital support services. Professor Hayne told staff at a meeting last Friday that the positions would be cut as part of a massive shake-up in the way support services are delivered at the university. With the amount of part-time staff working at the university and...

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The Tertiary Education Union’s national secretary, Sharn Riggs, was recognised at the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions women’s conference for over 32 years of outstanding service to union women. Speaking to the award on behalf of the Tertiary Education Union (TEU), Nanette Cormack, deputy secretary of the TEU, told delegates that Riggs was an inspiration to union women around New Zealand. The presentation was followed by a proud...

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If you have a story about how tertiary education has helped you, your whānau, your students or someone you know, the Tertiary Education Union (TEU) is asking you share it in a People’s Submission. National is pressing ahead with plans to change the law to give Ministers greater powers to funnel public money into private, for-profit tertiary institutions. The law could reduce access to tertiary education for future generations...

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Women from across the union movement have taken a collective stand against a change in law that could see vast sums of public money being transferred away from public tertiary institutions to private providers. In a remit passed at the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions women’s conference, union activists said National’s proposed law would “impact negatively on women and women’s access to tertiary education.” Union women were adding...

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Staff at the University of Otago are deeply concerned about the impact Vice-Chancellor Harlene Hayne’s plan to cut 182 full time equivalent jobs will have on students and the university’s ability to continue providing world class learning opportunities. Hayne told staff at a meeting earlier this afternoon that she is planning a massive shake-up in the way support services are delivered at the university. Under Hayne’s plans, vital...

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Tertiary Update Vol 20 No 23 MPs could stop hearing public submissions on a law that will fundamentally change the way tertiary education is funded on 2 August, the Chair of the Education and Science Committee has suggested in a letter to the Tertiary Education Union (TEU). Dr. Jian Yang was responding to an open letter signed by more than one hundred students, academics, general staff and union representatives. The law, which would...

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MPs on the Education and Science Select Committee have raised concerns about whether public funding for tertiary education is being used as intended, according to a report published last week. The concerns were raised by some MPs on the Select Committee during a discussion about the funding of for-profit provider Quantum Education Group. A subsidiary of the Intueri Education Group, Quantum was recently investigated by the Serious...

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With only two months to go before voters head to the polls, it is more important than ever that issues of major concern to women are front and centre in political debate. For decades, the activism of women in the union movement has helped deliver lasting change in a range of areas, most recently for the 55,000 mainly female care and support workers set to benefit from an historic equal pay settlement. Finding new ways to support women...

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Tomorrow staff at the University of Otago will learn more about how management plans to shake-up the way general staff work at the university. According to a report in the Otago Daily Times, vice-chancellor, Professor Harlene Hayne, has invited all staff to a meeting on Friday where she will reveal the latest on a support services review that has been underway since 2015. It is widely expected that the review will recommend that...

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Tertiary Update Vol 20 No 22 More than one-hundred students, academics, general staff and union representatives have told MPs not to rush debate on a law that will make sweeping changes to the way tertiary education is funded. The new law would give Ministers greater powers to divert public funds away from public tertiary education providers and hand them to private companies  instead. There are widespread fears this could reduce...

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Manukau Institute of Technology’s commercial training division, EnterpriseMIT, has been the subject of a 14-month investigation. Three EnterpriseMIT courses were under investigation, according to the New Zealand Herald. These include KeyStep, an outreach programme for young people who have disengaged from school, training or work, a finfish aquaculture course and a skippers’ course designed for the commercial fishing...

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The government is planning to shift its focus for international education away from growth of the sector to managing quality, according to a draft strategy published this week. Tertiary Education Minister, Paul Goldsmith, published the draft International Education Strategy on Friday last week. Similar to the International Student Wellbeing strategy published in June, the document is brief with few specific commitments. Nevertheless...

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MPs on Select Committee gathered for the second of their public evidence sessions yesterday morning. Over the course of two hours the Committee heard from people working or studying in the sector, the Chief Executive of the Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT), Chris Collins, and the TEU. Wayne Linklater from Victoria University told MPs that public institutions were more, not less, adaptable than for-profit private providers....

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MPs must not rush debate on a change of law that would give for-profit tertiary education companies equal funding to universities, polytechnics and wānanga, more than one-hundred students, academics, general staff and union representatives have told Education and Science Select Committee Chair, Jian Yang MP, in an open letter published today to coincide with the Committee’s latest hearing on the tertiary education Bill [1]. The new...

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