The Australian | 29 October 2012
Curtin’s staff agreement sets the standard for universities across the country, writes Stephen Matchett.
While NTEU officials at state and national levels say the creation of teaching only positions opens a career path for casuals which is not there now, the teaching fellow strategy constitutes a concession on the union’s standard position. Under existing university agreements permanent academic staff generally spend 40 per cent each of their working week on teaching and research with the balance allocated to administration.
However, the union expects this to change. According to NTEU official Kevin Rouse:
Teaching only (positions) reflect reality. There are some disciplines, such as nursing and education, where almost by default academics are being pushed into teaching-only roles,