2000 tell Otago to #LoveHumanities

Posted By TEU on Oct 13, 2016 |

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.

Those who gathered presented the university council with a 2000 signature petition calling on the council to reject the cuts managers have proposed for the humanities division.

Students and people who work at Otago argued that the government’s funding rules make it harder to teach humanities and that the university council should continue to advocate to change in these rules rather than acquiescing to them.

Two TEU members who sit on the university council, Craig Marshall and Shane Montague-Gallagher, received the petition on behalf of the council.

Chancellor John Ward told the Otago Daily Times that the council would consider the petition at a later date.

Also in Tertiary Update this week:

  1. Permanent jobs for PEETO teachers
  2. Jane Kelsey says wisdom before profit
  3. Staff want an end to ‘Refreshing Lincoln’ cuts
  4. Joyce vague about funding irregularities

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People working at the University of Auckland are voting to decide on their next course of industrial action following a one-hour strike a fortnight ago.

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New Zealand should encourage and welcome high-skilled migrants, and not treat students and temporary workers as commodities to be exploited – Bernard Hickey

Waiariki Bay of Plenty Polytechnic is now officially Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology. The new name was officially launched yesterday and comes after the merger of the Rotorua-based Waiariki Institute of Technology and the Tauranga-based Bay of Plenty Polytechnic at the beginning of this year – Bay of Plenty Times

The way to a better work-life balance? Unions, not self-help – The Guardian


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