One week to have a say on student and staff representation

Posted By TEU on Apr 6, 2018 |

Tertiary Update – Vol 21 No 7

Time is running out to have your say on plans to put students and staff back on polytechnic, university and wānanga councils.

Education Minister Chris Hipkins is proposing to change education law to make sure there is at least one student and one staff member with a seat on tertiary education institution councils.

The new law passed its first reading in Parliament recently, and is now open to public submissions through the Education and Workforce Select Committee.

The past nine years have seen a loss of democratic accountability on university, polytechnic and wānanga councils. This results in poorer decision-making which does not reflect the needs of students, staff, or the wider community.

The Minister’s proposals are a big step forward but they are not enough. The best results are achieved in education when staff, students, employers, and government are able to work together, build sustained relationships, and find the common interests they share.

There is one week left to tell MPs that giving students and staff more seats at the table will lead to decisions that better reflect the needs of students, staff, and the wider community.

The TEU has produced a short guide to help you with your submissions. Comments can be sent to the Select Committee before 13 April.

Also in Tertiary Update this week:

  1. Major library restructure at Auckland uni
  2. Prime Minister launches education kōrero
  3. Education Minister proposes range of law changes
  4. Union members welcome changes to employment law
  5. Campaign to restore postgraduate student allowances
  6. Living Wage rises to $20.55 an hour

Other news

Wintec has signed a memorandum of understanding with nearby school St. Peter’s Cambridge to increase the number of Wintec Sport and Exercise Science postgraduate students based at St Peter’s over the next three years – Voxy

Ako Aotearoa and New Zealand Council for Educational Research have outlined how they will work together to support literacy and numeracy education – Ako Aotearoa

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