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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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