Anger as uni staff hunt goes overseas June 11, DailyTelegraph
HUNDREDS of casual university academics are being snubbed by the University of Western Sydney, which has launched an international recruitment drive for full-time foreign staff.
Jobs range from career development fellow positions to professor and associate professor level, with successful candidates offered $15,000 relocation packages.
The ads have been placed on international websites and UWS representatives will hold recruiting sessions in England later this month.
National Tertiary Education Union state secretary Genevieve Kelly said the recruitment drive was a slap in the face for the 200 long-term casual staff employed by the university, many of whom were desperate for full-time work. "I think there is a cultural cringe in universities, particularly universities like Western Sydney, where they think somebody overseas is better," Ms Kelly said.
"They are ignoring the fact that they have actually been employing people to teach our students for long periods of time - presumably these are good quality people or they would not keep employing them on a casual basis."
Among advertised positions are 32 career development fellowships in areas such as nursing and midwifery, cultural and social research and civil engineering, for academics who have completed their PhD within the past five years.
UWS deputy vice-chancellor Rhonda Hawkins said 16 of the fellowships were for current UWS casual staff and the majority of these had already been filled.
Remaining fellowships were for a "new generation of early career academics" and were being advertised within Australia and overseas, she said.
Ms Hawkins said UWS would recruit 500 academics over the next five years and was seeking "the best person in each discipline area".
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