20 redundancies likely this week at Manukau

Posted By TEU on Nov 18, 2010 |

Tertiary Update Vol 13 No 44

The institute announced on Tuesday that it will reduce the two Engineering Schools by 7.5 full time equivalent positions.  It will make further announcements about staffing for the Schools of Information Technology and Communications on Friday. TEU anticipates that a further 12 FTE positions could well be disestablished as a result of those announcements.

The Institute is currently proposing that their School of Information Technology loses 7.9 of its 21.6 current FTE positions – a reduction of 36 percent, and their proposal would shrink the School of Communications from its current allocation of 14.6 FTE academic staff to 10.2 – a reduction of 30 percent.

TEU national secretary Sharn Riggs says the formula that MIT is using to allocate staff to its schools is simplistic and undermines good teaching and learning.

“Essentially MIT is telling its schools; ‘here is the budgeted number of students, here is the staff: student ratio, divide one by the other and get your complement of staff’.”

“Its formula does not take adequate account of a whole host of academic staff contributions, including the positions of responsibility staff hold, requirements to be research active, or be involved in curriculum development, or many other time consuming aspects of their jobs including pastoral care.”

Ms Riggs said such a formula makes any consultation with union members feel like a farce.

“If MIT is going to base its staffing on such a simplistic formula then we need to be consulted on how it budgets for students (EFTS) and staff student ratios.”

Also in Tertiary Update this week;

  1. $18 million advertising for students they can’t take
  2. TEU challenges need to close school of engineering
  3. Victoria rejects own advice to retain gender department
  4. Whitireia and Weltec consider merger
  5. Pay equity review at Victoria

Other news

Heather Smith, the pharmacy worker sacked under a 90 day clause, has called on Parliament to spare other workers the experience she suffered as a result of the 90 day ‘fire at will’ law. Heather made the call as the Employment Relations Act Amendment Bill passed its second reading today – CTU

Changes to the oversight of private training establishments (PTEs) involved in export education will result in greater accountability and higher standards in the export education sector, says tertiary education minister, Steven Joyce. The changes are designed to give NZQA stronger powers to monitor, investigate and enforce the compliance of PTEs and raise the threshold for PTE registration to ensure transparency and appropriate quality of PTEs when they are registered.

More than 209,000 would-be students were left without a university place this year in the UK, official figures show. This was 52,938 more than in 2009. Figures from the university admissions service show just under seven out of 10 applicants found a place at university compared with 75% the year before – BBC

Australian tertiary education minister Chris Evans has reiterated the need for a higher education watchdog with teeth. This follows fraught talks with universities last week that have delayed the finalisation of legislation for the new regulator until next year. “Students must be protected in a more market-based system because they can’t simply take a qualification back and exchange it for another,” Senator Evans said. –The Australian

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