Universities


The Vice-Chancellor of the Victoria University of Wellington, Professor Grant Guilford has been told by the Tertiary Education Union (TEU) to come clean about his plans for the future of the university after all staff were sent an email yesterday inviting them to apply for voluntary redundancy. The TEU has also sought a meeting with him to discuss this. Coming as a surprise to both staff and the TEU, any staff member who has 15 years...

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RIP performance-linked funding

RIP performance-linked funding


Posted By on Nov 9, 2018

Tertiary Update – Vol 21 No 20 For years union members have worked together to change the way the tertiary education sector is funded. Earlier this week, the government agreed with what students and staff have been saying and brought an end to performance-linked funding. This follows the announcement earlier this year at a TEU-led forum where the Education Minister Chris Hipkins said he would end competitive funding to some...

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University of Auckland Vice-Chancellor Stuart McCutcheon has said he will step down at the end of 2019. Reporting the news, NZ Herald quoted TEU national president Sandra Grey on the subject of the appointment process for his successor. She said academic staff at Wellington’s Victoria University had been consulted before its current vice-chancellor Dr Grant Guilford was appointed in 2014. “What we asked for is that there...

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Tertiary Update – Vol 21 No 19 Members of the Tertiary Education Union (TEU) at the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) are taking strike action over their collective negotiations that have so far seen management not agreeing to boost pay for all staff at the institution. Union members have been negotiating collectively for a Living Wage, so that the lowest paid earn enough to live on and provide for their families, and a 3...

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Education Minister, Chris Hipkins last week led the government in a vote against proposals to give students and staff a stronger say in decisions affecting their place of study and work. During a debate on the Minister’s plans to change the law so all students and staff have at least one seat each on all tertiary education councils, all Labour and New Zealand First MPs voted down amendments that would have increased representation to...

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At our wits end

At our wits end


Posted By on Oct 26, 2018

Sandra Grey, national president of the Tertiary Education Union, shares some of her experience talking with staff about what the failed market experiment in tertiary education has meant for people’s jobs.   She walked into a meeting about job losses and restructuring at her university and burst into tears. The lecturer wasn’t losing her job, but the changes meant she’d been given more teaching hours and it was just too much to bear....

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