Media release – 23 October 2018Tertiary Education Union - Te Hautū Kahurangi o AotearoaTEU elects Michael Gilchrist as new presidentTEU members have elected Michael Gilchrist as their national president forthe next two years. Gilchrist works at Victoria University as a Head Tutorin Philosophy and is currently completing his PhD thesis. He has previouslyworked in a range of capacities at the university and for the TertiaryEducation Union.Other office holders elected were George Tongariro from Whitireia asindustrial and professional vice-president, Sarah Proctor-Thomson fromNelson-Marlborough Institute of Technology as women’s vice-president, andHūhana Wātene from Unitec as Te Tumu Arataki, Māori vice-president.Gilchrist says that his term as president will focus on continuing toimprove the pay and conditions of members working in the sector, andbuilding capacity within the TEU to influence the decisions that affect thetertiary education sector.Gilchrist said: “We can achieve our goal of a quality, publicly-funded,accessible tertiary education system that is a source of pride for all whowork and study in it by working together.”“There is no doubt that ten years of underfunding, constant change,widespread job cuts, and heavy-handed management has left tertiaryeducation staff and students strained to breaking point.”“As a union, we will need to keep lifting our game and maximising ourinfluence at every level. We need to build on wins, like the end ofcompetitive funding models for L1-4 provision, and this means getting moremembers to participate in a way that reflects our collective strength.”Outgoing TEU national president Sandra Grey said: “I look forward toworking with Michael Gilchrist and the new Vice Presidents. Together theyhave decades of experience in industrial and professional campaigning, andI know Michael will be heading a team committed to high quality, accessibletertiary education which delivers for all New Zealanders.”TEU national secretary Sharn Riggs said: “We look forward to workingtogether with Michael Gilchrist to improve the conditions of staff in thetertiary education sector and to continue the work we have been doingengaging with the Labour-led government’s extensive work programme.”Michael Gilchrist will take up his role as TEU national president inJanuary 2019.For more informationTEU national secretary Sharn Riggs 027 4438768Outgoing TEU national president Sandra Grey 027 844 176