Both funding and structures key to long-term educational provision at Lincoln

Posted By TEU on Aug 23, 2018 |

TEU Press Release

22 August 2018


Both funding and structures key to long-term educational provision at


The latest exploration of a partnership or merger opportunity between two
tertiary education institutions is further evidence that we need to rethink
the sector’s funding system, the TEU said.

Lincoln University and the University of Canterbury (UC)

announced yesterday that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding
(MOU) to explore partnership or merger opportunities.

The announcement from Lincoln’s vice chancellor, James McWha, noted that
the exploration of options was needed to address issues facing the sectors,
particularly around encouraging more people to study and work in the
land-based sectors, increasing productivity and developing solutions to
present and future technological, social and environmental challenges.

“The issues faced by Lincoln and other small tertiary institutions cannot
be addressed by simply restructuring the way tertiary education
institutions are managed and organised,” says Sandra Grey, TEU National

“Underfunding and poor policy decisions over the last decade have meant
that Lincoln University has undergone almost constant restructuring and
course closures. This means we need to explore both the structural and
funding issues facing Lincoln University if we want to ensure a stable and
long-term future for those wanting to teach, learn, and research there.”

The Government is committed to Lincoln remaining at its present site
and retaining its brand and identity.

However, Grey notes that the last government made similar promises about
mergers and partnerships but failed to deliver. “Past mergers in the
tertiary education sector have led to course closures, job cuts, and lost
opportunities for students, their families, and communities.”

“We need a commitment to the current levels of provision and to ensuring
that the Lincoln University and University of Canterbury leaders take
seriously staff and student voice. Those working and learning at Lincoln
who can offer expertise and experiences that will ensure any merger or
partnership is successful.”


For more information

· Irena Brorens, National Industrial Officer of the TEU, 021 770 843

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