Tertiary Update Vol 19 No 30
Hundreds of people who work and study at the University of Otago rallied under umbrellas yesterday to say they love humanities.
The university is planning to cut staff from five humanities departments
Local TEU organiser Shaun Scott told the Otago Daily Times yesterday that the university needed to slow down and reconsider its options.
He noted that this year, enrolments in first-year humanities offerings are up 80 equivalent full-time students on 2015.
”The decision to go ahead with further reductions appears not to take into account the increase in first-year enrolments across the university and in humanities,” Mr Scott told the Otago Daily Times.
TEU members at the rally, led by branch president Tree la Rooy, launched a petition calling on the university managers to reject the process of change management which they are imposing on the Humanities Division.
Scott says University of Otago managers need to promote the core university values of wisdom, curiosity and the right to choose one’s own path by protecting and committing to the ongoing excellence of humanities education at the university.
“We want the university to work with students, unions, and the community to continue to lobby the government for increased tertiary education funding that recognises the value and importance of a diverse and quality range of choice for students.”
You can show your love for humanities by signing the petition here: https://teu.ac.nz/humanities-petition
Also in Tertiary Update this week:
- 10 percent budget cut at Lincoln
- Victoria told pay offers are unequal
- Interest on student loans debated
- Working together for community elections
Nominations for TEU national president, vice-presidents and national council and committee positions are open now. All information can also be found here on the TEU website: https://teu.ac.nz/elections/
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Education Minister Hekia Parata has announced school-aged children will be able to do all their learning online. The sweeping change will allow any school, tertiary provider or an approved industry to apply to be a “community of online learning” (COOL) – Stuff
The Living Wage concept is gaining momentum both here and overseas as we, as a society, grapple with a growing disparity between the highest and lowest wages – Massey University