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Tertiary Update Vol 16 No 1


NMIT Members Call For End To Pay-Productivity Link

For the last two years, Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT) has linked a significant portion of its pay offer it has made to academics to the institute's success in achieving surpluses and other productivity achievements. However, TEU members are preparing to end this practice at this year's employment negotiations.

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Shock report shows doctors earn more than nurses

A Ministry of Education report, Moving on up - What young people earn after their tertiary education, compares what graduates earn after studying different subjects and at different levels in New Zealand.

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Graduate earnings report confirms gender pay gap

The Ministry of Education report on graduate earnings confirms that women graduates are earning less than male graduates. "This study confirms research undertaken by the Ministry of Women's Affairs in 2007 which showed a 6 percent gender pay gap for graduate starting salaries, which increased to an astonishing 17 percent gap after five years," said Eileen Brown, CTU Social Policy spokesperson.

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Last week for vote for Tumu Arataki and University Academic representatives

With just over one week to run the last of TEU's 2012 leadership elections are nearly finished. If you are eligible to vote in either of the elections and have not received a ballot paper, or you are having trouble voting you should contact Susannah Muirhead at TEU's national office; 0800 278348 or 04 801 4795.

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Post graduate students lose allowances

TV3 reported this week that the changes, which came into effect on January 1, mean students undertaking higher-level study, for example, masters or doctoral degrees are no longer eligible for the student allowance. TV3 estimates about 5000 students across the country will be affected by the tightening of the eligibility criteria, which the minister announced in last year's budget.

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Navitas confirms contract at UC

Radio NZ reports that Australian share-market listed company Navitas has confirmed its commitment to a joint venture with the University of Canterbury this month to recruit and teach international students.

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University of Auckland economics professor Tim Hazledine says the [interest free] student loan scheme is certainly well-meaning. But it is also "one of the most expensive examples of unintended policy consequences in New Zealand's modern history". Unfettered access to borrowing has saddled students, many from lower-income families, with heavy debt - Auckland Now

A glowing report assessing the regional economic impact of the Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki highlights a need for increased government funding for the polytechnic, [Taranaki] business leaders say - Taranaki Daily News

The implications of a boom in the number of students securing their education online will not spare Dunedin's tertiary institutions and they will need to ''sharpen their act'' if they want to continue to thrive. That is the message from Otago Polytechnic chief executive Phil Ker and Prof Kerry Shephard, from the University of Otago's Higher Education Development Centre - Otago Daily Times

The end of copyright? A WIPO agreement to relax copyright rules for visually impaired persons may open up possibilities for new exceptions, such as education and research, where a clear public interest exists - The Conversation

A Salford graduate is taking an Oxford University college to court alleging he was refused a place on financial grounds - BBC

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Cricket: Dramatic Win Puts Black Caps In Finals

In Parliament: When Parliament resumed at 2pm the House passed a motion on a voice vote admiring the performance of the New Zealand cricket team in last night’s World Cup semi-final and wishing them well for the final on the weekend. More>>

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Moon Shot/Kills Switch: The X Factor Judges Removed

MediaWorks has today decided that Natalia Kills and Willie Moon are no longer suitable to judge The X Factor and have removed them from the show. MediaWorks CEO, Mark Weldon, said that last night on The X Factor both Kills and Moon made comments that were completely unacceptable. More>>

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Tessa Nichol: Up Up & Away In The Wairarapa

It’s an overcast morning in the Wairarapa but the mood on the ground in Carterton’s Carrington Park is anything but grey. More than 20 hot air balloons are getting ready to take off into the cloudy sky to mark the start of this year’s Wairarapa Balloon Festival. More>>

Golden Shears: Scotsman Wins Golden Shears Open Final

A Scottish shearer who settled in New Zealand to farm in Taranaki has become the first shearer from overseas to win the Golden Shears Open Shearing Championship. More>>

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Shipped On A Bottle: Young Change-Makers Take To The Sea On Plastic Bottle Kayaks

With the aim of harnessing innovative design to construct kayaks solely from recycled materials, the “waste positive” project Plastic Bottle Kayak brings adventure into Kiwi classrooms. The call is out now for classrooms to send in messages and artwork to be inserted into the bottles. More>>

TV3 Video: Auckland Arts Festival Kicks Off

The Auckland Arts Festival kicks off March 4, with artists from New Zealand and all over the world on show. More>>

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