University of Auckland


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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Sharn Riggs, national secretary of the Tertiary Education Union, responds to a recent article by the chair of Universities New Zealand, Stuart McCutcheon, and reminds all vice-chancellors of their responsibility to improve tertiary education and enrich the contribution our public institutions make to society. Vice-Chancellor Stuart McCutcheon wrote recently that a loss of institutional autonomy was a possible consequence for any...

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Driving Diversity

Driving Diversity


Posted By on Sep 7, 2018

Driving diversity   Nicola Gaston, author of Why Science is Sexist, and Associate Professor in the Department of Physics at the University of Auckland, looks at the government’s announcement that it will be taking steps to improve diversity in New Zealand’s science system. It has been a long time coming, but we finally have a statement from the Ministry responsible for the lion’s share of research funding in New Zealand – MBIE – on...

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My Tongan Story

My Tongan Story


Posted By on Sep 3, 2018

Mālō e lelei! It is Uike Kātoanga’i ‘o e Lea Faka-Tonga – Tongan Language Week. Here Lillien Skudder from the University of Auckland’s Faculty of Education and Social Work talks about her own journey learning Tongan – and her hopes for her children. Hi my name is Lilien Skudder. I am from Tutakamotonga in Tonga. I came to New Zealand with my parents and two older sisters when I was only one month old (1970). Growing up our...

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A plea for a change of heads

A plea for a change of heads


Posted By on Aug 31, 2018

A plea for a change of heads   Sandra Grey, TEU National President As a union activist I understand that management of tertiary education institutions is necessary, but I want to be clear ‘managerialism’ is not. This week Stuart McCutcheon, the vice chancellor of the University of Auckland, used a Universities NZ column to assert that managerial control of tertiary institutions was necessary for them to remain viable. He sang the...

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Stuart McCutcheon’s axe falls on teacher training   Stuart McCutcheon’s axe has fallen on the University of Auckland’s Faculty of Education and Social Work after 21 staff were told this week that their jobs are on the line. Echoing through the Beehive, McCutcheon’s axing of each and every job will make it harder for Jacinda Ardern to fulfil her commitment to end the chronic teacher shortage we face. Early in July , Stuart McCutcheon...

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