Students disappointed with new Auckland University council

The Auckland University Students’ Association is disappointed with the changes made to the membership of the University of Auckland council this week. The council voted on a new composition this week, reducing the number of elected student and staff members to three. AUSA vice-president Will Matthews says the council missed the chance to make the best of … Continue Reading ››

International students flock to Auckland

Two out of three international students are studying in Auckland according to an Education NZ report that shows significant regional disparity in student numbers. The report, released last week, shows nearly 70,000 of New Zealand’s 110,000 international students studied in Auckland last year, but just 38 studied in Gisborne. Education NZ, the government agency charged with … Continue Reading ››

Scientists fear public speaking

Scientists are not speaking publicly about important scientific issues because of fear of losing funding or pressure from their bosses says the New Zealand Association of Scientists (NZAS). On Monday the association pointed to flaws in the government's climate change consultation, saying there is a lack of publicly available relevant information, as well as the minimal … Continue Reading ››

Lincoln council opts for elected staff representatives

Hundreds of petitions and a raft of submissions have convinced Lincoln University to make space for elected staff representatives on its new council. Lincoln University Council voted this week to adopt a new council structure that includes seats for two elected staff members. The council’s initial proposal had only one staff member in its structure, who … Continue Reading ››

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Massey buys Chinese influence with gift degree

Tertiary Update Vol 18 No 19

Massey vice-chancellor Steve Maharey’s email to staff this week tells the tale of how profit motives are tainting academic credibility says TEU national president Sandra Grey. Maharey wrote in his regular e-log to staff this week that a doctorate the university conferred on the wife of the Chinese president has … Continue Reading ››

Wānanga council lacks democratic safeguards

Te Wānanga o Aotearoa has gazetted a radical new council structure that silences the voice of its two biggest communities - staff and students. Parliament gazetted the first two new tertiary education institution councils last week - the University of Canterbury and Te Wānanga o Aotearoa. The two could not be more different. The University of … Continue Reading ››

Joyce ‘proud’ of budget cuts

Steven Joyce used his appearance before parliament’s education and science select committee yesterday to argue why allowances should be less than other benefits. Labour Party MP Chris Hipkins asked Joyce, the minister for tertiary education, if it is fair that someone on a benefit would get less money than if they were to become a student … Continue Reading ››

More students, fewer staff at EIT

EIT’s recently released annual report shows staff at the polytechnic face increasing workload pressures as fewer of them teach a growing number of students. The number of full-time equivalent students rose from 4,388 in 2013 to 4,574 last year, while the number of teaching staff fell by 15 full-time equivalent staff. The result was the student … Continue Reading ››

Auckland’s professional staff seek pay progression

Tertiary Update Vol 18 No 18

Professional staff at the University of Auckland are negotiating for a pay system that includes annual increments and recognition of professional development. TEU and PSA members at the university started negotiating a new collective agreement this week, and their claim for a fairer pay system for professional staff is a big … Continue Reading ››

Waikerepuru retires from TEU duties

TEU kaumātua Dr Huirangi Waikerepuru (Taranaki and Ngāpuhi) will retire from his union commitments tomorrow, aged 86. Waikerepuru is best known for his lifelong commitment to protecting and promoting Te Reo Māori.  He was instrumental in getting the government to recognise Te Reo Māori as an official language, in lobbying for the creation of Te … Continue Reading ››