Over 700 protestors called for the restoration of the latest $2.3bn cuts to university and student funding at a rally this afternoon in Sydney’s Victoria Park. Staff from the University of ...
It may have rained today but nothing dampened the spirits of approx 150 staff, students and members of the University of Newcastle community who turned out to attend a lunch time action in support of ...NTEU Branch President Suzanne Ryan & 'The Snakes & Ladders of Dumb Cuts'•
The Greens and independent MP Andrew Wilkie this morning announced their support for the National Tertiary Education Union’s ‘uni cuts- dumb cuts’ campaign and declared their ...
UNIVERSITY of Newcastle staff and students will join their colleagues and peers around the nation on Tuesday as part of an Australia-wide day of action opposing the ...
The National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) is urging everyone who cares about higher education to join national protests tomorrow (Tuesday 14 May), to coincide with the Federal Government bringing ...
At the end of 2011, the Vice-Chancellor made a sudden announcement that a large number of academics were to be made redundant, or moved to “teaching-focusssed positions”, due to their failure to produce an arbitrary, retrospectively defined quantity of research publications. The damage done to staff morale was extreme. This attempt to sack or downgrade staff was subsequently shown to be not only short sighted and clumsy, but based on misleading evidence. Many threats of redundancy were withdrawn, while some academics, valorised by students and peers for their teaching and research contributions, felt so stigmatised and demeaned by this process that they took the voluntary redundancy offer, while others who were not on the original hit list took advantage of the payouts to leave the university on advantageous terms, often leaving colleagues in their departments without adequate staffing, as maintaining academic program integrity was not one of the criteria used in the “change plan” (as the Fair Work Australia ruling against the university subsequently showed). These actions demonstrated to staff across the university that senior management has little respect for academic staff. Further, it demonstrated a certain managerial incompetence, which Senate may not be aware of. While many of us object to the increasing managerialism in the running of the university, when it is accompanied by incompetence and inconsistent messages we must surely object strenuously. A final insult was being subsequently told by senior research management staff that “quality” not “quantity” was needed in our research. Those who had been threatened with redundancy on the basis of an appearance of insufficient quantity, lost any remaining shreds of respect for management at that point.
Staff from the University of Sydney tell management why job security is important not only to them, but to ensuring quality education.
A Message from Sydney University Staff
I have discussed our reasons for taking action with my students, and many of them have expressed their strong support for me and my colleagues. They realise how dedicated staff at this university are and how hard we work to provide them with quality education. They understand that degradation of our working conditions—whether those of academic staff who teach them, research and professional staff who provide intellectual and material resources for their learning, administrative staff who answer their enquiries and process their enrolments and results, or the many other staff who maintain the university’s IT, library and physical infrastructure—can only result in degradation of their experience and learning, and lower the value of their future degrees. A number of our students have attended pickets and will also no doubt be attending next Tuesday’s rally.
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