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The Scan # 170 29 May 2015

__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ News __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Victorian  unis "financially strong" 29 May 2015    |   The Victorian Auditor General has reported that Victoria’s eight universities are in a strong financial position but he was critical of lax procedures governing travel expenditure. The eight universities, and their subsidiaries, generated a combined surplus of $537.1 million for the year ending 31 December 2014. This includes, however, audit adjustments … [Read more...]

The Scan # 169 15 May 2015

__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ GDP spending on higher education set to fall to half OECD average 15 May 2015    |    Spending on higher education as a proportion of GDP will fall from 0.56% in 2015 down to 0.48% in 2018, well below the OECD average of 1%, an analysis of the 2015 Budget figures has determined. According to Vin Massaro, an honorary professorial fellow with the Centre for the Study of Higher Education, higher education spending is slated to drop from $9.3bn in 2015, to $8.9bn in 2016, $9.1bn in 2017 and back to $9.3bn in 2018, representing a drop in GDP every year. … [Read more...]

Sector submissions to the Senate Inquiry

……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Updated 12 October 2014 . ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......……  25 September 2014 Generally  supportive but with significant amendments ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… The government’s higher education reform package - the Higher Education and Research Reform Amendment Bill 2014 - was referred on 3 September to the Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee for consideration and report by 28 October. Submissions to the inquiry closed on 22 September. The committee has published 79 submissions on its website. Following are extracts from 27 submissions lodged by higher education organisations (peak bodies) … [Read more...]

The Scan # 149 15 May 2014

___________________________________________________________________________________________ ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......…… Higher education Higher education spending will rise appreciably in 2014-15, from $8.7 billion to $10.9 billion (25%), with the extension of the demand driven system to sub-bachelor places and non-university higher education providers. Modest further growth is forecast out to 2017-18, to $11.8 billion (9%). The key elements of higher education spending in the 2014-15 Budget, according to Universities Australia. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......…… Extending the demand driven system to sub-bachelor places and non-university … [Read more...]

NTEU: road to ruin for public higher education

NTEU   |  14 May 2013 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… No longer will students gain entry into university based solely on academic merit, but on their capacity and willingness to pay the market price for a degree. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......…… The Budget has seen Tony Abbott succeed in his quest to be known as an ‘infrastructure prime minister’. He and Christopher Pyne have paved a road to ruin for our public higher education system. Student fees will now skyrocket at some universities, university funding has been cut, the cost of servicing student debt will increase and the viability of some of our universities will be undermined by for-profit private … [Read more...]

La Trobe facing strike amid job cuts

NTEU News   |   14 March 2014 The Australian    |    15 March 2014 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… NTEU members at La Trobe University have voted to strike on 26 and 27 March across the university’s campuses as the university’s plan to cut 350 jobs inflamed stalled pay negotiations. ………………………………………………………………………………………………… The union says the job cuts are unnecessary and has demanded management agree to a pay increases of around 3% a year.  Management have offered an 11 per cent pay rise over four years — an average 2.75% annual increase. NTEU Victorian secretary Colin Long says the cost cutting agenda isn’t an excuse to offer a below-sector pay rise because it was … [Read more...]

NTEU infographic on UQ strike

11 March 2014 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… The National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) has taken out a full page advertisement on page 10 of the Courier Mail to highlight the industrial issues at the University of Queensland as the NTEU sees them. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… … [Read more...]

UQ staff to strike

10 March 2014 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… NTEU members at the University of Queensland (UQ) will strike on 11 March for better pay and conditions. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… NTEU UQ Branch President, Associate Professor Andrew Bonnell, said that the University languishes behind others when it came to pay, workloads, and indigenous employment.  He said UQ is in the top three universities in Australia on most indicators but ranks 23rdfor pay and that, despite student numbers having risen by 20% over 5 years, there has been no increase in teaching staff. The strain this places on workloads obviously has negative consequences for student … [Read more...]

EBAs: Monash settle – Swinburne, Macquarie and UQ unsettled

10 March 2014 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… The National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) and Monash University have reached in-principle agreement on a new Enterprise Bargaining Agreement (EBA) , following strike action on 3 March, while NTEU and Swinburne appear headed to court. Staff are striking at Macquarie and Queensland over pay and workload issues. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… The deal provides for  a salary increase going forward of 13% for the life of the new agreement, in addition to the 2% administrative pay rise which Monash University staff received last year making a total salary increase of 15% to be delivered by 30 June … [Read more...]

The Scan

1 March 2014 ___________________________________________________________________________________________ Job cuts at La Trobe 28 February 2014 | La Trobe University has confirmed it is cutting 350 jobs as part of a restructure. University management told staff at a meeting this afternoon. It is understood the redundancies are compulsory, and will affect the university's Bundoora campus in Melbourne's north west as well as its regional Victorian campuses....[ MORE ].... TEQSA shake up 28 February 2014 | The government has introduced a bill to radically restructure the national higher education regulatory agency.The bill provides for a spill of the positions of the five commissioners … [Read more...]