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Pyne’s new Commonwealth Scholarships scheme is inequitable and unworkable

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National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) examination demonstrates that the proposed new Commonwealth Scholarship plan for advanced education understudies presented as a component of the 2014-15 Federal Budget is basically out of line. “The proposal burdens colleges with the most astounding extent of understudies from low SES foundations. This needs to be considered by those at present exploring the Scheme,” said ... Read More »

70% of Australians against higher university fees

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Polling commissioned by the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) shows that 70% of Australians oppose university fee increases for students and that higher education reforms are one of the most unpopular measures in the budget. The figures confirm that the community are angry about the broken election commitment not to alter university funding arrangements, as well as policies that would ... Read More »

Students have a right to protest against unfair cuts to university funding

The National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) is urging universities to not disadvantage students who participate in National Union of Students protests around the country. “The NTEU has encouraged its members not to penalise students that attend these peaceful protests, with at least one university encouraging its staff to do the same,” Jeannie Rea National President NTEU said. “In addition to ... Read More »

Universities, and students, facing new world order after budget

Australian Universities

By Geoff Maslen Tomorrow’s federal budget could provide some unwelcome surprises for the nation’s 39 public universities. Geoff Maslen reports.  With Australia’s spending higher education expected to exceed $25 billion this year, it is likely to be a cost-saving target in tomorrow’s federal budget and changes seem likely to cheer vice-chancellors, alarm their academics and outrage the nation’s 1 million ... Read More »

Grattan report prepares ground for increase in university fees

Yesterday’s report by Andrew Norton at the Grattan Institute entitled “Doubtful debt: the rising cost of student loans” prepares the ground for the Abbott Government to  increase university fees, or to use loans as a form of student income support, the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) said. The report, authored by an advisor to the Government on potential changes to ... Read More »

Fee hikes could lose money, NTEU warns in lead up to National Day of Action

The National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) supports the National Union of Students (NUS) National Day of Action (NDA) to be held Wednesday 26 March. The NDA will give voice to concerns over the $2.3 billion of damaging cuts to higher education and student financial support being proposed by the government. Students are also protesting against possible increases to HECS-HELP (fee ... Read More »

Staff at Curtin University angry over direction the University is taking

More than two hundred academic, professional and general staff have met at Curtin University to raise concerns about changes taking place at the university that are deemed by many staff to be threatening to the student learning experience at WA’s largest University. During the meeting, the Vice President of Curtin’s Corporate Services, Ian Callahan and Director of Human Resources, Bill ... Read More »

TAFEs need urgent funding to support jobs

South West TAFE

The National Tertiary Education Union has called for an urgent injection of TAFE funding in the wake of further job losses in Victoria announced at Alcoa this morning. President of the NTEU Victorian Division and the Victorian Trades Council, Colin Long, said that now more than ever, Victorian workers could not afford cuts to TAFE funding, and that urgent investment ... Read More »

UQ staff vote to strike

University-of-Queensland

Members of the NTEU at the University of Queensland voted to step up their Enterprise Bargaining campaign with a set of actions culminating in a 24 hour strike in the second week of semester. The meeting voted unanimously for a campaign of rolling industrial action, including selective bans on email, attending university events, overtime and after-hours work, and a strike ... Read More »

Demand drives increase in casual staff at universities

Australian Universities

BY BERNARD LANE AND JULIE HARE Casual staff on campus increased by 17 per cent in the latest official count as universities hedged their bets against the uncertain student numbers of the demand-driven system. In 2013, estimated casuals rose 17.4 per cent to 22,958 full-time equivalent staff, the biggest increase since 2010, when partial de-regulation of student places began to ... Read More »

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