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Media Release: NTEU congratulates students achieving university places

Posted 17 January 2012 by Jeannie Rea (NTEU National Office)

The National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) congratulates all year 12 graduates and mature age applicants who have gained a first round offer of a university place for 2012.

“We particularly applaud those students who are the first in their family to enter university, and applaud the widening of opportunities for a university education with the expansion of places,” said NTEU National President, Jeannie Rea.

“NTEU is confident of the capability and the commitment of these new university students to successfully complete their courses. They have studied hard to gain their place, and come to university full of hope and enthusiasm,” Ms Rea added. “The onus is now on the universities to ensure that all students are provided with the learning environment they need to progress through their course.”

“NTEU pledges that we will do our best to ensure that students’ aspirations for success are met. Our members, whether they are academic or non-teaching staff, are committed professionals who work diligently to ensure that students receive the best education and university experience possible.”

“The quality of the student experience guides the values of NTEU members even when they are overworked and their efforts are thwarted by inadequate base funding as well as budgetary decisions by universities that draw resources away from direct student services. Though class sizes continue to escalate, direct student contact time diminishes, and increasingly students are taught by sessional academics paid on an hourly basis, university teaching and non-teaching staff enrich the lives of students each year.”

Consequently class sizes continue to escalate, direct student contact time diminishes, and increasingly students are taught by sessional academics paid on an hourly basis.

The casualisation of university teaching is a massive problem, which neither the Government nor universities seem to be prepared to comprehensively address, despite the rapid aging of the academic workforce. The next generation of academics are abandoning our universities as they cannot get secure jobs and begin developing their teaching and research careers.

“Hopefully we will see some change soon,” commented Ms Rea. “The Government has the opportunity to address the inadequacy of base funding in considering the recommendations of the Base Funding Review released late last year.”

For further information and comment:

Jeannie Rea, NTEU National President, 0434 609 531

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