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Is your university lecture or tutorial overcrowded? Let NTEU know

Posted 28 February 2012 by Andrew Nette (NTEU National Office)

Overcrowdings of lectures and tutorials is a common complaint amongst university staff and students in the first few weeks of first semester.  In fact, all staff have stories of trying to do too much with too little.

This year inadequate funding per student combined with the uncapping of enrolments is likely to make matters worse. This will means more crowded and increase workloads for staff.

As part of our Invest in Australia’s Future campaign, NTEU has been asking university staff and students to report instances of overcrowding and under resourcing to the Union.

While we have got a lot of support from staff for the idea of the campaign, some institutions have raised privacy concerns in relation to our request to send us photographs of overcrowded university classes and/or tutorials.  We are looking into the concerns that have been raised.

However, it is important for all staff to tells their stories if we are to affect the public perceptions of the sector.  People care about these issues, and we are looking for your stories about your workplaces, tutorials, lectures, laboratories, and seminars where the resources you have are not sufficient to do the work you need to do.  Whether you are an academic or general staff member, tell you tales.  We will not reveal your details without your permission.

These can be posted on the NTEU’s UniStories website or sent to the following e-mail: overcrowded@nteu.org.au

We will be posting a selection of stories on the NTEU’s Invest in Australia’s Future website and using them to generate media interest in the issue of university under funding.

Finally, the NTEU is also interested in know about any staff or students who are prepared to talk to the media about these issues.  If you know of a particularly serious example of overcrowding or under resourcing and are prepared to talk to the media contact the Union’s National Media Officer, Andrew Nette at overcrowded@nteu.org.au

Or don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or require further information.

Yours sincerely,

Matthew McGowan

NTEU Assistant National Secretary

mmcgowan@nteu.org.au

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