Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Unitec Students Angry at Lack of Consultation

Unitec Students Angry at Lack of Consultation Prior to Major Restructure

Design and Visual Arts students left Unitec's first open information meeting about the recent restructure of their department angry at the lack of student consultation in the lead up to the announcement.

Unitec Student President Ben Kevey said, "It is concerning that students, the main stakeholder group involved, weren't adequately consulted in a decision that will effect qualifications they have already invested considerable time and money into."

This week's meeting - which went on for an hour and a half longer than scheduled - covered the changes that will be taking place from 2014, and the reasons behind the restructure. Students were given the opportunity to speak and ask questions and many expressed outrage at the lack of prior communication, and the effect that these changes will have on their qualifications.

Current students who are not graduating this year are particularly upset to find themselves part-way through a degree programme that is changing so significantly from what they initially signed up for.

All 50 teaching staff in the department have been made redundant, with the option of reapplying for only 16 full-time equivalent positions. Students are standing with their lecturers, tutors and mentors, and have voiced concern for the potential impact on teaching quality of the industry professionals Unitec plans to bring in to replace them.

Ben Kevey said, "I always felt that Unitec supported the notion that 'you're in charge of your own education', but this situation shows that that's not the case for these students".

Many of the students affected will be presenting their year's work at the opening night of Gradfest tonight, which will be a bittersweet occasion in the light of all that has happened this week.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Mt Eden Prison: Serco Inquiry Extended

A two month delay to the Government investigation into prison fight clubs shows the extent of problems within the Serco circus, says Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Kelvin Davis. More>>

ALSO:

Health And Safety: Late Addition Of National Security Provisions A Concern

The New Zealand Law Society has expressed its significant concerns at the last-minute addition to the Health and Safety Reform Bill of provisions for a closed material procedure for court proceedings where national security is involved. More>>

ALSO:

Rugby And Beer: World Cup Alcohol Bill Passes

ACT MP David Seymour’s Sale and Supply of Alcohol (Extended licensing hours during Rugby World Cup) Bill completed its third reading by 99 to 21... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Flag Campaign

So far, the public has treated the government’s flag campaign with something between disinterest and disdain. Most New Zealanders have instinctively seen through the marketing hype involved. More>>

Change For 2017: Local Govt To Decide On Easter Sunday Trading

The Government is to enable local communities, through councils, to decide whether retailers can open on Easter Sunday, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Woodhouse announced. More>>

ALSO:

(And Targets Worse Than Australia's): Foresters Abandoning Emissions Trading Scheme

The Government’s gutting of the Emissions Trading Scheme has caused foresters to leave and emissions to rise, says Labour’s Climate Change spokesperson Megan Woods. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news