Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search

 


Staff welcome Canterbury’s academic freedom policy

Media release
21 March 2014
Tertiary Education Union - Te Hautū Kahurangi o Aotearoa

Staff welcome Canterbury’s academic freedom policy

The Tertiary Education Union at the University of Canterbury welcomes the new Academic Freedom Policy

TEU’s Canterbury Branch President Prof. Jack Heinemann is delighted that the university’s council has demonstrated its commitment to academic freedom through this policy.

“At a time when university governance is under threat from central government it is more important than ever that all in the sector speak out on important issues,” said Heinemann.

The Education Act expects both academic staff and students at universities to serve as responsible critics and conscience of society.

“It is an important social safeguard for society. This group of scholars is meant to speak truth to power, whatever form that power takes.”

There are no incentives for this critical activity, despite it potentially putting scholars at risk.

“The critic and conscience role is not optional. It is a duty of the tertiary education community. It needs to be better recognised and supported.”

“Students expect that their instructors will be well-informed and capable of engaging with controversial issues of the day. Society expects that those same instructors and researchers will look after all interests, not just the government’s, industry’s or pressure groups’.

“I see this policy as a necessary step to normalise responsible dissent, and support academics to engage with the broader public in New Zealand,” said Heinemann.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
Scoop Review Of Books: The Typewriter Factory

I finished reading Don’t Dream It’s Over not long after it came out last August. I even started writing a review, which took something of an ‘I’m sorry people, but it’s already over’ approach. I’ve been pretty negative about journalism as it’s practiced in the mainstream (or MSM, or corporate media or liberal media or whatever terminology you prefer) for quite some time (see for example Stop the Press), and I believe the current capitalist media model is destructive and can’t be reformed. More>>

Sheep Update: Solo World Shearing Record Broken In Southland

Southland shearer Leon Samuels today set a new World solo eight-hours strongwool ewe-shearing after a tally of 605 in a wool shed north of Gore. More>>

ALSO:

Howard Davis Review: Dick Frizzell At The Solander Gallery

One of the most influential and celebrated contemporary Pop artists working in New Zealand, Dick Frizzell is mostly known for his appropriation of kitsch Kiwiana icons, which he often incorporates into cartoon-like paintings and lithographs. Not content with adhering to one particular style, he likes to adopt consciously unfashionable styles of painting, in a manner reminiscent of Roy Lichtenstein. More>>

Old Music: Pop Icon Adam Ant Announces NZ Tour

Following his recent sold out North American and UK tours, Adam Ant is celebrating the 35th anniversary of the release of his landmark KINGS OF THE WILD FRONTIER album with a newly-remastered reissue (Sony Legacy) and Australasian tour. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books:
Looking Back

Writing a memoir that appeals to a broad readership is a difficult undertaking. As an experienced communicator, Lloyd Geering keeps the reader’s interest alive through ten chapters (or portholes) giving views of different aspects of his life in 20th-century New Zealand. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Purple (and Violet) Prose

This is the second recent conjoint publication by Reeve and Stapp; all to do with esoteric, arcane and obscure vocabulary – sesquipedalian, anyone – and so much more besides. Before I write further, I must stress that the book is an equal partnership between words and images and that one cannot thrive without the other. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Education
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news