Industrial action at Sydney and UNE

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NTEU Newsroom   |     16 January 2013 Staff at the University of Sydney and the University of New England will vote in the next month over industrial action on enterprise bargaining, following successful applications to Fair Work Australia this morning by the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU).  Neither university contested the union’s applications for protected industrial action ballots. Michael Thomson, the NTEU Branch president at the University of Sydney, said that the ballot would most likely be held in early February: University of Sydney management is offering less job security and wants to reduce sick leave entitlements and cut academic workload provisions. Management is … [Read more...]

The School of Life

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The Age     |    25 January 2013 It's called The School of Life, a place offering books and short courses about how to live wisely and well.  Almost five years after it was founded in London by philosopher Alain de Botton, it has  opened its second school in a Collingwood warehouse, complete with coffee shop and Readings bookstore.  Courses on How to make love last and How to find a job you love, have already sold out, while How to have better conversations will be repeated to meet demand. The classes might consist of a meal with an interesting speaker, a city tour, or a free ''Sunday Sermon'' by documentary-maker John Safran On Unrest. The reading list is optional, and there … [Read more...]

Uni Australia begins staking out the election

Universities Australia Media Centre     |    30 January  2013 Universities Australia (UA) has welcomed the early announcement of the 2013 election date on the basis that certainty ends uncertainty. UA also pointed to the focus in the Prime Minister’s National Press Club address on the importance for Australia's future of `winning the education race': I believe in this as a moral cause - a crusade - but I also believe that our future prosperity is inextricably linked to us winning the education race. I will fight to get this done. Belinda Robinson, Chief Executive of Universities Australia observed that a central task of government is to lift national productivity and increase … [Read more...]

Skills at top of new reform agenda


PM Newsroom     |      29 January 2013                                          The Australian     |     30 January 2013 Business and union leaders have backed a Gillard government commitment to put skills and training at the top of a new reform agenda, raising hopes for initiatives in the May budget to expand the workforce. Julia Gillard made the commitment at the inaugural meeting of the National Panel for Economic that heard a warning from Treasury about the need for structural economic change to deal with the higher Australian dollar and a weaker outlook for the global economy.  The reform panel includes leaders from the ACTU, Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, … [Read more...]

Maddocks appointed to negotiate UWS enterprise agreement

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NTEU Newsroom    |     29 January 2013 The University of Western Sydney Branch of the NTEU has expressed surprise at the appointment of Maddocks, a corporate law firm, to negotiate the new academic and general staff enterprise agreements on behalf of UWS Management.  Jan Falloon, NTEU UWS Branch President, said the union questions the logic of outsourcing yet another core business of the university to outside contractors, at a time of great hardship within schools and units at UWS. Bargaining is about local people and local issues. It is about hearing the voice of your staff and creating fair conditions to make the university a good place to work. Getting in big shot lawyers with no … [Read more...]

UWS pushes on with tablet strategy


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Uni Canberra – Holmesglen hook-up plan unhooked


The Scan has been assured, by reputable sources, that this post is materially wrong on a number of points.  The project seems to have been scaled back somewhat but the UC-Holmesglen collaboration is set go, with a number of UC degree courses launching at  Holmesglen's main campus  the week beginning 11 February .  We have also been told the joint UC-Holmesglen programs have strong pathways elements.  As soon as we have further and better particulars, we'll let you know. _______________________________________________________________   30 January 2013 The Commonwealth  government has rejected the University of Canberra’s plans to partner with Holmesglen Institute of TAFE to offer … [Read more...]