TEU rejects euphemism for private education

Sandra Grey

Renaming private tertiary establishments (PTEs) as independent tertiary establishments (ITEs) is simply a euphemism to hide the fact private companies are profiting from public education, says TEU president Sandra Grey. In its submission to the Ministry of Education on the draft Education (Tertiary Education and Other Matters) Amendment Bill TEU…

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Competitive funding for research fails NZ again


Cutting funding to longitudinal research shows the government has a basic misunderstanding of the role of tertiary education, says TEU national president Sandra Grey. Grey says by cutting 5000 children from the Growing Up in NZ longitudinal study shows the government’s competitive funding model lacks wisdom or long-term vision. The…

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Submission on the draft exposure bill Education (Tertiary Education and Other Matters) Amendment Bill

Education (Tertiary Education and Other Matters) Amendment Bill 2016 TEU submission on the exposure draft 14 October 2016 The Tertiary Education Union Te Hautū Kahurangi o Aotearoa welcomes this opportunity to respond to the Ministry of Education’s draft exposure Bill “Education (Tertiary Education and Other Matters) Amendment Bill”. TEU is…

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Helen Kelly, audacious leader

Helen Kelly

Kelly, born on suffrage day in 1964, lifelong resident of Wellington’s Mt Victoria suburb and lifelong campaigner and union member, died last night from cancer, aged 52. TEU members will remember her as the general secretary of the Association of University Staff (AUS) between 2002 and 2007. Prior to that,…

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2000 tell Otago to #LoveHumanities

Love Humanities Rally Oct 2016 Otago

Tertiary Update Vol 19 No 35 Over 300 people rallied outside at the University of Otago on Tuesday  to tell its council it needs to show its love for humanities. The university has proposed significant cuts to Anthropology and Archaeology, English and Linguistics, History, Languages and Culture and Music. Just…

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Jane Kelsey says wisdom before profit

Thanks to Public Services International for the photo

TEU member and law professor Jane Kelsey says a proposed amendment to the Education Act, combined with a secret new trade agreement, could undermine public education. Listen to our podcast where she discusses Steven Joyce’s Education Amendment Bill and the secret Trade in Services Agreement (TISA): Nearly 2000 people have…

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Staff want an end to ‘Refreshing Lincoln’ cuts


People working at Lincoln University met in both Balclutha and Canterbury to challenge the direction in which their managers are taking them. At Lincoln’s main Canterbury campus TEU members attended the university’s Academic Board, demanding they have a say in the ‘Refreshing Lincoln’ project. They argued that the university consistently…

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Permanent jobs for PEETO teachers

Phil Dodds

Six people at the Pasifika Education and Employment Training Organisation (PEETO) will return to having permanent jobs this summer, thanks to negotiating in union. People who work at PEETO and belong to TEU have ratified a new collective agreement that moves them all from having one-year fixed-term jobs for the…

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Joyce vague about funding irregularities


Tertiary education minister Steven Joyce continues to provide vague answers to parliament about the extent of funding irregularities in the tertiary education sector. Last month Labour Party MP David Cunliffe asked Joyce how many tertiary education organisations his officials currently have concerns about relating to probity or funding irregularities. Joyce…

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We are Lincoln


ONCE AGAIN WE ARE ALL DEBATING THE FUTURE DIRECTION OF LINCOLN UNIVERSITY. So over the coming months your lecturers, librarians, lab technicians, administrators, support workers, gardeners, maintenance teams, and tutors will be standing up to demand a brighter future. We’re standing up for a university which will meet the needs…

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