The fourth goal in the TEU workplan 2019-2020 is to foster collegial, inclusive, and equitable workplaces across the tertiary education sector.

In line with TEU’s core whainga and objectives contained in Te Koeke Tiriti and Te Kaupapa Whaioranga, the TEU workplan will continue its focus on fostering collegial, inclusive and equitable workplaces across the tertiary education sector.

And there is a clear space for advancing these values in the Tertiary Education Strategy 2020-2025 which has as a core goal of barrier free access where “every learner/ākonga and their family and whānau should be free from all forms of bullying, racism and harassment”.

The importance of this goal is confirmed in the key findings within The State of the Public Tertiary Education Sector Survey (2018) which show a closing down of collegial structures within our tertiary education institutions and high levels of bullying.

TEU Women’s Officer | Te Pou Whirinaki Suzanne McNabb, says we can only foster collegial, inclusive and equitable workplaces across the tertiary education sector by focussing on both the social and professional elements of the goal.

“This goal is intentionally quite broad and encompassing. For me it’s about members saying that their workplaces can be positive spaces, and that they don’t have to be difficult or stressful. Together we can create a positive, safe, healthy, and equitable environment in our tertiary education institutions that actually improves outcomes for staff, students, the institution and for the education sector as a whole”.

McNabb continued, “Through our previous work looking into bullying and harassment, and workshops on creating positive worksites, we asked what a positive, safe and healthy workplace looks like. What we found was that it wasn’t hugely difficult for members to imagine. Small changes, written into institutional policies and more importantly implemented, and supported by staff, management and the TEU can make significant improvements in fostering collegial, inclusive and equitable workplaces”.