Posts Tagged "workload"


People working in universities, polytechnics and wānanga are stressed about their future, according to a new survey by the Tertiary Education Union. TEU president Sandra Grey says the survey of over 1000 people working in tertiary education shows seven out of ten of them believe their wellbeing is worse than it was ten years ago. Grey unveiled the statistics at the Voices from Tertiary Education Symposium on innovation and...

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Outsourcing student services may save money, but it also will cut the quality of services to students, says Sid Suha Aksoy. Aksoy is the TEU branch president at Unitec and he says members at the polytechnic are furious that the institution’s vision for the future is based almost wholly on cutting jobs and cutting corners. He is warning Unitec to consider the adage  ‘you get what you pay for’. “What do students gain from plans which...

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While donations by external benefactors to Australian universities receive positive publicity, the in-kind donations of uncompensated overtime provided by university staff goes virtually unreported. The results of an Australian National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) survey on university workloads shows staff give AU$1.7 billion to Australian higher education each year in the form of 27 million hours of uncompensated labour. The...

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More students, fewer staff at EIT

More students, fewer staff at EIT


Posted By on Jun 18, 2015

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 staff ratio grew from 14.6 students per teaching staff to 15.7 (pp113-114). TEU branch...

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Waiariki contemplates full merger

Waiariki contemplates full merger


Posted By on May 28, 2015

Waiariki Institute of Technology is hinting that it plans a full merger with Bay of Plenty Polytechnic rather than a limited strategic alliance. However TEU is warning that its research shows while there are some benefits from some mergers, they also cause significant stress, and increased workloads for staff, they can harm teaching and learning, and leave staff and students feeling they have lost their autonomy and respect. Waiariki...

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