Two years ago news headlines highlighted the pressure staff in tertiaryeducation were under to elevate grades, and it seems pressures are stillhigh in the sector.Research being released on May Day will show that concerns around increasedworkload, academic freedom, and a decline in both staff and studentwellbeing remaining as key issues impacting those in the sector.Key findings of the work by Drs Sarah Proctor Thomson and Charles Sedgwickinclude a decline in academic autonomy, a closing down of collegialstructures, a decline in standards accompanying a pressure for students topass, and the negative impact on wellbeing for both staff and students.This survey of public tertiary education sector staff in 2018 wasspecifically designed to gather up-to-date data on the ways in whichchanging systemic and institutional pressures within the tertiary educationsector in Aotearoa were shaping the experience of staff and the teachingand learning conditions of students.The survey was informed by previous TEU surveys run in 2013 and 2016, andconstructed to provide a benchmark for analyses of worker experiences andconditions in the future. This long-term focus is important because ithelps to identify how teaching and learning at the highest level is shapedby enduring institutional issues, the vicissitudes of political life andpolicy trends.Two questionnaires were developed to reflect the different purposes,functions and work organisation of academic and general staff.Between April and June 2018 the researchers gathered surveys from almost2,000 academic and just over 1,000 general staff working in the tertiaryeducation sector. Respondents were drawn from all universities (56.4% ofsample), all Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs) (39.1% ofsample), all wānanga (2.9% of sample), and a smaller group of privatetraining enterprises, REAP and crown research centres (1.5% of sample).The analysis has produced a number of key findings which include thefollowing:- Decline in academic autonomy in both teaching and research- Closing down of democratic and collegial structures with direct inputroles for staff- Increasing workloads and associated impacts upon health and well being- Decline in standards with pressure to pass- Adverse impacts upon student learning and their health and wellbeing.According to TEU President Michael Gilchrist, “… this report details theways in which our current, market based tertiary education systemundermines and obstructs the expression of professional values in thesector. Most of all, it reveals that human relationships are at the heartof tertiary education. It shows us how we can support those relationshipsand the values they embody and importantly exposes changes that aremandatory if the full transformational potential of tertiary education isto be realised.”Anyone interested in hearing more about the research can join the TEU forthe launch on Facebook.