Sharn Riggs appointed TEU national seretary

Posted By TEU on Dec 18, 2008 |

Tertiary Update Volume 11, Number 46

Sharn Riggs, currently national secretary of the Association of Staff in Tertiary Education (ASTE), has been appointed national secretary of the Tertiary Education Union. She will take up the position when the new union comes into formal existence in the new year.

Ms Riggs took a BA at Victoria University in 1975 and worked as an English teacher at Howick College. After wide-ranging overseas experience she returned to New Zealand to become education organiser with the then Wellington Clerical Union. She moved to ASTE in 1989, becoming national secretary in 1997.

Also in Tertiary Update this week

1.         Government yet to respond to TEC briefing
2.         OECD warns against over-commercialising research
3.         Bleak funding forecast for ITPs
4.         UCOL professor loses redundancy claim
5.         Recession a time to build skills, says ITPNZ
6.         UK academics reject “spying”
7.         Push for a national bush university
8.         South African academics seek ruling on academic freedom
9.         Challenging times for Solomon Islands education
10.       “Find the excellence”, lecturer told

Farewells and greetings

With the imminent formation of the Tertiary Education Union, TEU Tertiary Update will make This edition of AUS Tertiary Update is the last to be edited by Graeme Whimp and the last to appear under that title. It also marks the final departure of Marty Braithwaite, who edited Update for five years and continued to subedit it for most of this year.

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