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

Gordon Campbell: On The Fallout From The Barclay Tape

This is hardly a case of cleaning out your desk and being turfed out onto the pavement.

As others have pointed out, the disgraced Clutha-Southland MP will remain on the public payroll for three months until the election, and for three months afterwards. More>>

 

Ombudsman: Canterbury Schools Reorganisation Mishandled

An investigation into the Canterbury schools reorganisation after the February 2011 earthquakes has found significant gaps and flaws in the Ministry’s engagement and communications with schools and communities. More>>

ALSO:

Law Commission: Contempt Report "Protects Right To Fair Trial"

The proposed Act limits what news media representatives and bloggers can report on court proceedings, but it also makes clearer than the current law where the line is between contempt and freedom of expression. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Our Refugee Intake (And Uber’s Woes)

On figures released this week, there are currently 65.6 million people worldwide who have been displaced from their homes by war, famine or other external causes… More>>

ALSO:

IGIS Report: GCSB Support For Groser WTO Bid Not Illegal

“The inquiry has found that the GCSB did not act unlawfully or improperly in providing assistance to the New Zealand government campaign”, Ms Gwyn said. More>>

ALSO:

PM's Press Conference: Pike And Houses

There were questions on Pike River mine re-entry after new video from inside the drift was released over the weekend. English maintained a human effort would not be feasible irrespective of any future coalition demands from NZ First. He said the government would continue to work with families on non-manned re-entry. More>>

ALSO:

Flogging A Dead Horse: NZ First Seeks New s59 Referendum

10 years on from the so called “anti-smacking” law - NZ First calls for a binding referendum. NZ First MP Tracey Martin told TVNZ’s Q+A programme that the law change has had a “chilling effect” on NZ parents including herself. More>>

ALSO:

Always Interesting: Internet Party Has New Leader

The Internet Party has a new leader: Suzie Dawson... She currently resides in Moscow, Russia, where she has applied for temporary asylum due to severe persecution she reports being subjected to by those whose corruption she worked to expose.More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election
 
 
 
  • PublicAddress
  • Pundit
  • Kiwiblog
More RSS News Alerts