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  1. NTEU explains “Pay More Get Less” to Senate Inquiry

    Posted by Jeannie Rea (NTEU National Office)

    This morning the NTEU, along with other sector stakeholders including NUS, presented evidence to the Senate Standing Committee on Education and Employment Legislation Committee inquiry into Higher ...

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  2. NTEU stands in solidarity with our colleagues in Turkey

    Posted by Jeannie Rea (NTEU National Office)

    Persecution of Academics for Peace escalates

    At least 23,427 academics have either lost their jobs at universities when their contracts were terminated or were dismissed from their positions, or ...

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  3. UK and Australian universities ‘more stressful than Uganda’

    Posted 5 May 2017 by Jen T. Kwok (NTEU National Office)

    This article was published by the Times Higher Education and is available here.

    By: Jack Grove

    Academics working in the UK and Australia experience more stress in their job than their counterparts ...

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  4. NTEU throws support behind calls for universities to take direct action on stopping sexual harassment and assault

    Posted 28 February 2017 by Terri Macdonald (NTEU National Office)

    The NTEU has spoken out in support of claims by an advocy group for students that more needs to be done to address sexual harrassment and assualts on campuses.

    The advocacy group, End Rape on Campus ...

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  5. Widening participation in higher education: A play in five acts (AUR 59 01)

    Posted 10 February 2017 by Ian Dobson (NTEU National Office)

    By Tim Pitman, Curtin University

    Policies and programs to address higher education disadvantage reveal four distinct approaches, each revealing certain assumptions about the nature of educational disadvantage. These are: creating mass higher education systems; redistributing or allocating certain places to disadvantaged students; changing the cultural practices of institutions; and shifting the policy focus from access towards higher education outcomes or benefits. Using the Australian higher education sector as a case study, each of these approaches is defined, identified and examined in regard to its impact on widening access and participation in higher education. An alternative approach – a fifth act – is proposed; one which concentrates on the need to understand the identity of the student, both in terms of how he/she understands disadvantage and what he/she wants out of higher

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  6. Support Academic Freedom: Show the world that Middle Eastern and Latin American students are welcome here

    Posted 30 January 2017 by Jeannie Rea (NTEU National Office)

    Fortunately, Australian academics are joining others worldwide protesting US President Trump’s Executive Order suspending visas for nationals from 7 Muslim majority countries.

     See and ...

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  7. As 2016 ends…..

    Posted 22 December 2016 by Jeannie Rea (NTEU National Office)

    We wish all NTEU members a safe and restive festive season, but we do not do this naively. 

     We are very well aware that for many university staff this time of year is always difficult as ...

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  8. What are good universities? (AUR 58 02)

    Posted 5 September 2016 by Ian Dobson (NTEU National Office)

    Raewyn Connell, University of Sydney

    This paper considers how we can arrive at a concept of the good university. It begins with ideas expressed by Australian Vice-Chancellors and in the ‘league tables’ for universities, which essentially reproduce existing privilege. It then considers definitions of the good university via wish lists, classic texts, horror lists, structural analysis, and shining examples from history. None of these approaches is enough by itself; but in combination they can be fruitful. The best place to start in defining a good university is by considering the work universities do. This leads to issues about the conditions of the workforce as a whole, the global economy of knowledge, and the innovations bubbling up around the edges of this

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  9. Law student wellbeing: A neoliberal conundrum (AUR 58 02)

    Posted 5 September 2016 by Ian Dobson (NTEU National Office)

    Margaret Thornton, Australian National University

    The discourse around student wellness is a marked feature of the 21st century Australian legal academy. It has resulted in various initiatives on the part of law schools, including the development of a national forum. The phenomenon relates to psychological distress reported by students through surveys. Proposed remedies tend to focus on improving the law school pedagogical experience. This article argues that the neo-liberalisation of higher education is invariably overlooked in the literature as a primary cause of stress, even though it is responsible for the high fees, large classes and an increasingly competitive job market. The ratcheting up of fees places pressure on students to vie with one another for highly remunerated employment in the corporate world. In this way, law graduates productively serve the new knowledge economy and the individualisation of their psychological distress effectively deflects attention away from the neoliberal agenda.

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