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  1. Wikibomb planned to boost Wikipedia content on Australian women scientists

    Posted 4 August 2014 by Jeannie Rea (Women)

    Hot on the heels of NTEU/NUS/CAPA Bluestocking Week is National Science Week (16-24 August), during which the Australian Academy of Science is holding a Women of Science Wikibomb (14 ...

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  2. Media Release: La Trobe University refuses to hear staff on savage job cuts

    Posted 3 August 2014 by Michael Evans (NTEU National Office)

    The La Trobe University Chancellor has refused to allow the NTEU to speak to a petition from staff and students against 350 job cuts at La Trobe.  
    The NTEU had made a formal approach to ...

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  3. Media Release: University of Sydney library sheds workers, cuts services

    Posted 31 July 2014 by Courtney Sloane (NTEU National Office)

    The University of Sydney is in the midst of a major cutback to campus library services, with plans to remove collections from four libraries: Medical, Dentistry, Badham and Camden, restrictions on ...

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  4. Cross the line and tell us your bluestocking story

    Posted 30 July 2014 by Jeannie Rea (NTEU National Office)

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    This year, it’s time for action on campuses. NTEU with NUS and CAPA will use Bluestocking Week to highlight the importance of women speaking out and sharing our stories and views.

    We need to hear the stories of the women in our universities as we "cross the line" and challenge attitudes that seek to restrict women's freedom and opportunities.  In short, we want to hear diverse and contemporary ‘bluestocking’ experiences.

    We can create a human tapestry that describes the experiences of women who work and study in our universities, as women ‘cross the line’ and challenge attitudes that seek to restrict our freedom and opportunities.

    We want to hear from all women in the university community:

    • students,
    • academics
    • professional and general staff
    • graduates
    • friends

    Tell us your stories of the value of education and opportunity, and what you are doing to challenge the status

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  5. Nature asks what is the ERA doing to the future of Australian science?

    Posted 28 July 2014 by Jeannie Rea (NTEU National Office)

    Australia and New Zealand’s research quality assessment policies have come under scrutiny in the latest edition of Nature. In her article “The limits of excellence”, Annabel ...

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  6. CAPA President: Postgrads shocked by Budget cuts

    Posted 28 July 2014 by Paul Clifton (Uni Casual)

    Hello Casuals and Postgrads. As we enter Semester Two, the Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations (CAPA) is actively responding to the Federal Budget with a national campaign that targets the Senate as well as universities – and we would love to see you get involved.

    A number of decisions made in the 2014-15 Federal Budget will have a profound effect on the postgraduate and casual community.  The response by CAPA to the Federal Budget focused on a range of issues including the equity ‘grants’ that students will foot the bill for themselves, as well as the 6 per cent interest rate which will slam students who continue on to postgraduate study, pricing them out of HELP repayment for several years as their debt grows. But it is the cut of $173 million to the Research Training Scheme, and the decision to allow universities to charge PhD and Masters by Research students HELP fees for the first time, that has rocked the postgraduate community the

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  7. NTEU Expert Seminar: Casualisation – global and Australian trends

    Posted 24 July 2014 by Helena Spyrou (Uni Casual)

    On Thursday 3 July, the NTEU hosted the first of its series of NTEU Expert Seminars. Australian academic Robyn May (currently working at Melbourne University) talked with National President Jeannie Rea about the state of academic casualisation in Australia and how casualisation of academic work is contributing to a deprofessionalisation of the academic profession. 

    Around 16 people attended the seminar in Melbourne and almost the same number joined the discussion via Twitter with #auscasuals.

    Robyn’s research on the casualisation of academic work in Australia was part of the ARC Linkage project ‘Gender and Employment Equity: Strategies for advancement in Australian universities’, based at Griffith University and led by Professor Glenda Strachan. NTEU was an industry partner on the research

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  8. The Budget and You: A brief guide for casuals

    Posted 23 July 2014 by Courtney Sloane (Uni Casual)

    Despite the Coalition’s promises to the contrary prior to the 2013 Federal Election, the 2014-15 Federal Budget presented some of the most dramatic changes to higher education in over a generation. It also laid a blue print for a fundamentally different approach to social investment and welfare. Public spending in many traditional areas has been slashed and community organisations, charities, families and individuals are scrambling to fill the void. While these changes will affect most people in some way or other, casual workers at Australian universities will face particularly challenging circumstances.

    For casuals who are combining work with study at the undergraduate level, the announcements will see government funding for courses cut by 20 per cent, the deregulation of university fees and for the first time, the charging of market interest rates on outstanding

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  9. Reaching out to contingent faculty in the US

    Posted 22 July 2014 by Paul Clifton (Uni Casual)

    I was very fortunate to be invited to attend and to present my research on academic casualisation in Australia at the 41st Annual Conference on Collective Bargaining in Higher Education, hosted by the National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions (NCSCBHEP) at City University New York in April.

    The NCSCBHEP is a joint labour and management centre focussed on the study and promotion of collective bargaining as a means for advancing the working conditions of staff in higher education in the US.  The enormous diversity of higher education means that particularly for union representatives the opportunity to exchange ideas about developments in collective arrangements is extremely

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  10. University work becoming more precarious

    Posted 18 July 2014 by Jeannie Rea (Uni Casual)

    The Commonwealth Department of Education recently released the university workforce data for 2012. This data, collected from the universities, reveals that since 2005 only one in four (24%) new jobs at Australian universities has been an ongoing or continuing job.  

    Three out of four have been contract or casual. Consequently, only one in two staff (on a full time equivalent (FTE) basis) employed at Australian universities now have secure employment (see Fig. 1). This means that the proportion of insecure workers in universities is much higher than the national

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