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Ministry advice may have misled minister

The Ministry of Education must re-do its analysis of submissions on proposed changes to university and wānanga councils to make sure its advice to the minister was correct says TEU national president Lesley Francey.

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Tertiary strategy is narrow and limiting

Tertiary education minister Steven Joyce outlined how he will allocate tertiary education funding for the next five years when he released his new Tertiary Education Strategy yesterday. The strategy focuses almost exclusively on making sure tertiary education supports the economy, businesses and industry.

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UCOL strike after employer offers ‘maybe’ money

Last minute talks on Monday between UCOL and its staff to resolve a long running pay dispute were unable to avert a strike on Tuesday.

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Public good research funding at risk under new rules

Steven Joyce, the tertiary education minister, proposes to increase the proportion of PBRF (contestable public research funding) allocated based on external research income, from 15 to 20 percent of the total PBRF fund. He also wants to reward research organisations that attract external research income. He says 'this places a higher value on research that meets user needs'.

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Inequality growing issue in tertiary institutions

Prince William is visiting New Zealand just when we are facing up to the horrifying thought that we are a society divided by class. The long-held myth that New Zealand forged itself into an escape from Britain's stultifying class society is quickly being eroded by evidence that shows the opposite. And those class divisions are as clear within our tertiary education institutions as anywhere.

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Parental leave extension costs officially halved

Official figures for the total cost of extending paid parental leave to 26 weeks are public, and are less than half the $500 million figure finance minister Bill English originally claimed.

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No more words - it's time for action

This Saturday is International Women's Day 2014, and the International Trade Union Confederation is says it is the right occasion to call time on gender-based violence in the world of work.

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