14 avril 2016

Gender Equity: Universities’ dishonest & misleading reporting (Advocate 23 01)

By Terri Macdonald. Analysis of the 2015 university employer reports to the Workplace Gender Equity Agency (WGEA) has revealed a sector that has become dangerously reliant on insecure employment. It also revealed the reluctance of many university managements to report accurately on their staffing numbers, with some appearing to misreport data to the point where some people might conclude that they are deliberately misleading the Agency and the public in their reports. More...

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Message from EI General Secretary in Brussels

By Michael Evans. Brussels is slowly recovering from the horrific attacks of 22 March. The current death toll is 31, with 300 people injured of whom 70 critically. We re-opened our office today determined not to allow acts of terrorism to disturb our daily operations, or to change our ways of life and work. We are relieved that all EI staff remained unharmed. But the attacks on our city have affected all of us. Some of us have friends among the victims or know people who were injured. More...

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Universities have an important role in terrorism debates (Advocate 23 01)

By Michael Evans. Australian universities should be spaces where hysteria around terrorism makes way for discussion and debate, however unpopular, said Queensland civil rights lawyer Terry O’Gorman when presenting the fifth annual NTEU Lecture at Griffith University in November 2015. More...

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Is Twitter dying? By Pat Wright (Advocate 23 01)

By Paul Clifton. The ‘net has been full of debate about the presumed passing of Twitter for several months now – not only in the geek sheets, but also in mainstream hardcopy magazines such as The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New Statesman, and even on Aunty ABC Radio’s Life Matters (where the most level-headed commentary came from QUT’s Prof Jean Burgess). More...

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Slash and burn, baby, burn at the CSIRO. By Ian Lowe (Advocate 23 01)

By Paul Clifton. The scientific community was shocked by the February announcement that hundreds of CSIRO positions will be axed. The cuts follow a steady erosion of the public science body, with over 200 redundancies a year in recent times. More...

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The addiction. By Inger Mewburn (Advocate 23 01)

By Paul Clifton. I have a friend, let’s call her Helen.
Helen recently completed a PhD and is now in the post-post-post doc stage of the academic wilderness. Helen is not a scientist, so her academic life now consists entirely of three-month sessional contracts and guest lectures (most of which are unpaid). If you have done this for any stretch of time you will know it’s not a great way to make a living. The November to February non-teaching months are particularly hard. Just when everyone else is out shopping, your wallet is empty. More...

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The undercover vice-chancellor controversy. By Sandra Grey (Advocate 23 01)

By Paul Clifton. It was our very own version of Undercover Boss – but we’re still awaiting the promotions or financial rewards that accrue to the deceived employees in the reality TV series. More...

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State of the Uni survey 3rd report - fixed term employment

By Matthew McGowan. Many staff reported being employed for more than 20 years on fixed term contracts, with some still finding themselves on contracts of 12 months dura­tion or less. In total, 6.6% of contract survey respond­ents reported that they had not only been employed on contracts for more than 10 years but that these contracts were of 12 months or less in duration. More...

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Fixed term employment: The gig is up (Advocate 23 01)

By Matthew McGowan. A recent AHEIA report, Australian Higher Education Workforce of the Future, noted the view of senior university staff that Enterprise Agreements ‘Limit our flexibility’ and ‘protect our staff from change’. With only 35 per cent of the workforce in secure employment, the obsession with flexibility has become a mantra that is blind to the impact of this imperative on the people who work in universities, and to the long term interests of high quality teaching and research. More...

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Media Release: Grattan Institute Proposal helps Government but not Students

By Jeannie Rea. University graduates facing an uncertain job market are unfairly targeted by the Grattan Institute’s latest report recommending lowering the HELP repayment threshold, according to the National Tertiary Education Union. More...

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