Universities


Education Minister Chris Hipkins must increase tertiary education funding to at least 2.7 per cent of GDP by 2021, according to a report published last week by the Tertiary Education Union. The report presents the views of hundreds of people working in the sector, from which it makes a series of recommendations for reform of the funding model for tertiary education. Recommendations include scrapping all competitive funding,...

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The Employment Relations Amendment Bill passed its second reading in Parliament this week, following which the Tertiary Education Union called on Labour and New Zealand First to commit to further changes ahead of the next election. “MPs took a step forward this week, which is welcome. However we are still a long way from the changes we need to ensure New Zealand is country that protects and enhances the right of people to come...

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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 recently inviting them to apply for voluntary redundancy. The TEU has sought a meeting with the Vice-Chancellor to discuss the email. Coming as a surprise to both staff and the TEU, any staff member...

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Staff who are part of the collective agreements at the Auckland University of Technology will see pay rates below the Living Wage removed alongside a 3 per cent boost in their pay, thanks to the hard work of union members. Following successful strike action, members of the Tertiary Education Union (TEU) at AUT have voted this week to accept the improved offer from the employer. The improved offer is the result of staff as part of the...

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The Tertiary Education Union has reminded Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern that there are plenty of ways her government can protect and enhance academic freedom. In recent days the Prime Minister has been asked to comment on the case of University of Canterbury professor Anne-Marie Brady, telling media on Monday that she “absolutely” defends academic freedom. The Tertiary Education Union welcomed the Prime Minister’s comments, but was at...

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Following successful strike action, members of the Tertiary Education Union (TEU) at the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) have voted to accept an improved offer from the employer that will remove all pay rates below the Living Wage and boost pay by 3 per cent for all staff that are part of the AUT Collective Agreements. The improved offer is the result of staff as part of the university community standing together to ensure...

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