Indigenous Education and Employment - Core Business at UTS
University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) has launched its Indigenous education and employment policy, that incorporates mandatory employment positions in each faculty and department. NTEU has long advocated for a diverse range of ongoing employment opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff, in all academic and general staff roles and across all faculties and departments in Australian Universities - we commend UTS for adopting this stance.
NTEU Indigenous Unit congratulates UTS on its stated committment to Indigenous education and employment. A copy of the article from the Sydney Morning Herald is detailed below. A web link to the article is also available.
ONE of Sydney's leading universities is ramping up its commitment to indigenous participation in higher education, including mandatory employment positions in each faculty and department.
The University of Technology, Sydney will launch its indigenous education and employment policy today, which adopts a "whole university approach" to employment for staff and career development for students.
The chief architect of the policy, Professor Michael McDaniel, said indigenous education and employment is "core business" and a collective responsibility. "It should hold a status within the university similar to research, teaching and learning, and internationalisation," said Professor McDaniel, director of the university's Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning. "We needed to reconsider our governance and planning in terms of how we responded to that."
An indigenous project officer at Jumbunna, Emma Hardcastle, said working at UTS is her first contact with a university. The 21-year-old from the central coast joined the staff last year and loves the interaction with students who come to Jumbunna for information and support.
"We do a lot of outreach and recruiting into Aboriginal communities and promote university in general, that there is somewhere to go after high school," she said. "Some kids may not know exactly what university is; when you tell them it's not just like high school, they think it's really cool."
UTS also runs programs on campus that Ms Hardcastle said helped build tertiary aspirations.
Developed over 12 months, the policy pre-empts a federal report into "access and outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people".
The Vice-Chancellor, Ross Milbourne, said the university plan was in development ahead of the government review and he hoped other universities would follow suit.
"What we're trying to do is to mainstream this across the university and make it clear that it's everyone's responsibility to help raise outcomes for indigenous people in Australia," he said. "Everyone's got to play their part ... and that's why we've set specific targets for each area in order to achieve it."
Today UTS will also announce a memorandum of understanding with the Redfern-Waterloo Authority for greater training and job creation as part of the university's $1 billion campus expansion.