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La Trobe cuts economics

The Australian     |   27 June 2014

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La Trobe University is planning to cut about 69 academic positions in its business, economic and law faculty with economics, accounting, management and marketing the worst hit.
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La-Trobe_Logo_x2Academic staff in economics will be cut by almost two-thirds to just 10 under a proposed restructure circulated to staff .

The Australian reports that academic staff positions in accounting will be cut in half from something currently over 30, though about eight new positions will be created.  La Trobe wasn’t able to confirm the exact number of jobs that will be lost in economics, but economics professor Harry Clarke has posted on his blog that proposed cuts will reduce academic positions from 28 to 10.

This includes three professorial positions being scrapped with room for only one ongoing professor in the new structure.

The number of associate professors will be cut back from five to just two. In economics La Trobe has already announced that its stand-alone economics degree will be dropped in 2015.

The cuts are part of La Trobe vice chancellor John Dewar’s widespread cost-cutting restructure of the university in which 350 jobs are expected to be shed in a bid to save money for future investment in research and teaching.

ACPET National Monday Update Edition 557, 9 June 2014

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Great news for VET and a tussle in higher education…

As members will have seen from ACPET’s comments on Friday on our social media platforms – we are as pleased as our RTO members with news that from 1 July ASQA will automatically update scope of registration for equivalent training package products and not charge fees for these administrative changes. Details have been sent by ASQA to all RTOs it registers. In case you missed it, the information is on the ASQA website. … Read more

National

ACPET’s Health Check offer for members

As part of members’ renewal for 2014/15, ACPET is offering a $500 discount on any of its Health Check services (except facilities health check). The suite continues to grow to meet member demand, with higher education health checks now available. To hear more about this and other Quality Suppo… Read more

New draft Process Guide for Self-Accrediting Authority

In February this year representatives from ACPET attended a workshop to provide input into TEQSA’s review of the process for applying for self-accrediting authority, in line with our reform agenda. The workshop helped to develop a shared understanding of the requirements under the Threshold Sta… Read more

Last chance! Understanding risk and building a risk register

What risks really matter to a RTO? What do they look like? How bad could they really be? SNR/AQTF standards make it very clear that a RTO must have a systematic approach to its operation. Addressing risk is simply a fundamental component of a systematic approach. It is essential that manageme… Read more

Are you thinking of becoming a higher education provider?

This webinar will introduce the Higher Education Standards Framework, together with exploring the key legislative requirements which underpin this framework. You will learn what you need to have in place as a non self-accrediting higher education institution for both registration and course accredit… Read more

Australia’s Ultimate Internship!

Experience Oz is a national travel company who have recently launched a national campaign targeted for the student and youth market, called “AUSTRALIA’S ULTIMATE INTERNSHIP!”. Experience Oz are looking for expressions of interests from universities, colleges and student associatio… Read more

New in 2014! How to run an interactive webinar

In this introductory webinar, you’ll find out about the possibilities for using webinars, Skype and Google Hangouts to deliver content and assessment to your learners. If you haven’t had the time to familiarise yourself with these tools, this is your opportunity! This webinar will take… Read more

Get your new staff started with Introduction to the VET sector

The vocational education and training (VET) sector can be daunting for newcomers. It is a sector that can be perceived as complex and highly regulated. Join one of ACPET’s Executive Officers as they demystify the sector – learn about the history and context and hear about the national po… Read more

Green Gown Awards now open to All providers

Apply now for the Green Gown Awards, open to ALL education and training providers in both VET and Higher Education regardless of size or type. New for this year is a category called – Best Newcomer, which is aimed at those on the start of their sustainability journey or those that have not c… Read more

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Higher education policy seminars 2014

6 May 2014

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Has Australia the imagination and will to create and maintain international pre-eminence in higher education? Key issues must be tackled across the next few years if an excellent higher education system is to be designed and built.

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Since 2007 the University of Melbourne has hosted an influential series of high-profile public seminars on higher education policy. With higher education becoming ever more important to Australia’s prosperity it is essential to engage deeply in open discussions of how to plan and steer the tertiary system.

The 2014 Policy Seminars address contemporary debates, providing a forum for leaders from across Australia’s education and government sectors to discuss issues of national significance.

With contributions from Attila Brungs, Bruce Chapman, Peter Coaldrake, Hamish Coates, Peter Dawkins, Jane den Hollander, Dom English, Leo Goedegebuure, Robert Griew, Phil Honeywood, Richard James, Paul Jensen, Gregor Kennedy, John McCallum, Andrew Norton, Stephen Parker, Alan Robson, Steven Schwartz, Margaret Shiel, Robin Shreeve, Beth Webster and Paul Wellings.

The Seminars

Financing higher education – Wednesday 28 May – Melbourne
What are the best funding arrangements for higher education in Australia? What are important recent trends in funding? What further changes are required to position Australian higher education for a high quality and productive future?

Productivity in higher education – Thursday  12 June – Canberra

How can universities further boost their social and economic contribution to Australia? How can institutions provide education better and cheaper? What change strategies are feasible, and what are the implications? What are five proven approaches for improving higher education productivity?

System and institutional excellence – Thursday  24 July  – Melbourne

What can be done to further ensure that higher education in Australia serves our diverse population? What is a sustainable configuration of strategic profiles that will boost system and institutional excellence? What are key implications from online provision and hybrid corporate structures?

Graduate capability – Thursday 21 August – Melbourne
Beyond big business to portfolio careers, what capability and experience is required by future graduates? Can graduates secure jobs before completion? What are the job- and skill-needs of the future? What industry and more general capabilities will help distinguish graduates from Australian universities?
University research and innovation –  Wednesday 10 September – Canberra
With the decline of manufacturing, research and innovation edge closer to core business for Australia. But global competition is on the rise and Australia lacks scale and expertise. What is required to build Australia’s future research system and capability? How can commercialisation and impact be improved?
Tertiary Workforce – Thursday  30 October – Sydney
The tertiary workforce grows in significance and age, and with superannuation booming retirements accelerate. What is the state and prospects of Australia’s tertiary teaching, research and professional workforce? What are the opportunities and challenges over the next five years?

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La Trobe facing strike amid job cuts

NTEU News   |   14 March 2014

The Australian    |    15 March 2014

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NTEU members at La Trobe University have voted to strike on 26 and 27 March across the university’s campuses as the university’s plan to cut 350 jobs inflamed stalled pay negotiations. …………………………………………………………………………………………………

nteu-logoThe union says the job cuts are unnecessary and has demanded management agree to a pay increases of around 3% a year.  Management have offered an 11 per cent pay rise over four years — an average 2.75% annual increase.

NTEU Victorian secretary Colin Long says the cost cutting agenda isn’t an excuse to offer a below-sector pay rise because it was driven by management’s spending plans rather than by a financial crisis.

The NTEU also claims the university intends to increase the number of students studying at the university at the same time as sacking hundreds of staff.  Student numbers have increased by 1,300 in this year alone.

NTEU La Trobe Branch President Virginia Mansel Lees asked how can it be an improvement to the university to have more students and less staff ?

A La Trobe spokesman said the union has been made well aware of the need for productivity improvements.La-Trobe_Logo_x2

He said the staff cuts are necessary and integral to efforts to cut costs by up to $65 million so money can be redirected to boosting the university’s research performance.

UQ staff to strike

10 March 2014

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nteu-logoNTEU members at the University of Queensland (UQ) will strike on 11 March for better pay and conditions.

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NTEU UQ Branch President, Associate Professor Andrew Bonnell, said that the University languishes behind others when it came to pay, workloads, and indigenous employment.

 He said UQ is in the top three universities in Australia on most indicators but ranks 23rdfor pay and that, despite student numbers having risen by 20% over 5 years, there has been no increase in teaching staff.

The strain this places on workloads obviously has negative consequences for student experience, quality of teaching and research output.

Bonnell also highlighted the number of staff currently engaged in insecure employment.

 Around 50% of undergraduate teaching is now performed by casuals paid by the hour. This often comes after years of training and studying. The anxiety and uncertainty this causes for staff is unacceptable.

 

Macquarie staff to strike

The Australian     |     10 March 2014

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nteu-logoNTEU members at Macquarie University are striking on Tuesday 11 March for more permanent and early career academic staff to address casualisation and ensure fairer workloads.

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Management has offered staff a 9 % pay rise over three years in a proposal largely in line with recent agreements elsewhere in the sector of around 3 per cent a year. But the union is seeking 11% over three-and-a-half years, or just over 3.1% a year.

The key disagreement is over the NTEU’s national campaign to get universities to convert more casual positions into permanent teaching-focused roles that it has dubbed “teaching scholars.”

At Macquarie the NTEU initially pushed for the university to create 60 such positions over three years.

Macquarie University NTEU Branch President, Cathy Rytmeister,  said the university had offered to create 24 positions, but these would be a mix of teaching scholars and fixed-term appointments that can convert into permanent positions.

The union is now asking the university to effectively double that offer with 24 teaching scholars and 24 convertible fixed term appointments.

According to 2012 department of education data, about 26 per cent of Macquarie’s full time equivalent academic staff is casual, compared with an average of 21 per cent across the sector.

Rytmeister said that staffing levels and casualisation had been a sticking point from the very beginning of negotiations.

 The NTEU has made it clear from the beginning that the current staffing arrangements are unsustainable. Rising student to staff ratios, increasing workloads, and insecure employment all combine to threaten student experience, teaching quality and research output.

Macquarie University has one of the highest rates of casualisation in the country. This is why we have called for the creation of more permanent and early career academic roles at the University..

EBAs: Monash settle – Swinburne, Macquarie and UQ unsettled

10 March 2014

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nteu-logoThe National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) and Monash University have reached in-principle agreement on a new Enterprise Bargaining Agreement (EBA) , following strike action on 3 March, while NTEU and Swinburne appear headed to court. Staff are striking at Macquarie and Queensland over pay and workload issues.

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The deal provides for  a salary increase going forward of 13% for the life of the new agreement, in addition to the 2% administrative pay rise which Monash University staff received last year making a total salary increase of 15% to be delivered by 30 June 2017.

Meanwhile, the NTEU is proposing to challenge in Fair Work Commission the narrow vote  by staff in favour (1031 to 974) of  Swinburne management’s proposed EBA, which the union had opposed in a ballot of all staff.  The NTEU has told staff:

In our investigations we have already identified hundreds of ex-staff who were given a ballot. There are many other discrepancies and issues which must be considered by the Fair Work Commission.

NTEU members at Macquarie University and the University of Queensland are striking on Tuesday 11 March for more permanent and early career academic staff to address casualisation and ensure fairer workloads.

Job cuts at La Trobe

ABC Online    |     28 February 2014

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La Trobe University has confirmed it is cutting 350 jobs as part of a restructure.

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La-Trobe_Logo_x2University management told staff at a meeting this afternoon.

It is understood the redundancies are compulsory, and will affect the university’s Bundoora campus in Melbourne’s north west as well as its regional Victorian campuses.

Virginia Mansel-Lees of the National Tertiary Education Union says it is not known what faculties will be targeted.

“Staff are outraged and also worried about their jobs and job security, wondering whether their area will be targeted, if so how that will happen,” she said.

But she says the mass redundancies have not come as a surprise.

“We thought it would be anywhere between three and 400 so it’s probably about mid-point.

“But it’s a lot of jobs across the university, and it will mean particular areas may no longer be undertaken and we don’t know the detail of that as yet and probably won’t know that until April,” she said.

In a statement, the university said the “changes” would be felt right across La Trobe University.

John DewarVice-Chancellor Professor John Dewar said the university would “retain and strengthen what is most important.”

“La Trobe University is on track to implement a series of efficiency and quality-driven reforms that will position the university for a stronger future,” he said.

“But we must change the way we work and how we structure ourselves to become a more efficient, effective and agile organisation,” Prof. Dewar said.

“The vast bulk of the 2,666 FTE (full-time employee) continuing staff – more than 85 per cent – would take up positions under a proposed new structure, but there would be approximately 350 FTE less positions required,” he said.

Concern for courses as ANU redundancies fall short

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ABC News     |     12 November 2013
The National Tertiary Education Union staff fears the Australian National University (ANU) may start forcing staff redundancies and cut courses to meet its budget shortfall.

The university says 147 professional staff have accepted voluntary redundancies, short of the 230 jobs it plans to cut in a bid to save more than $50 million in lost government funding.

A further 50 academic staff have accepted an early retirement as part of the ANU’s academic renewal program.

The university says it will use the savings to re-invest in new academic positions.

An ANU spokesperson says there are no plans to start forcing staff redundancies and that the university never expected the voluntary scheme to achieve the required staff cuts.

A recruitment freeze will continue, as will work on reducing duplication in administration and other roles.Vice-chancellor Ian Young remains optimistic that natural attrition will meet the target within the set two-year timeframe.

But the NTEU also fears courses could be cut to help meet budget targets. NTEU’s Steve Darwin says:

We are receiving reports of certain parts of the university considering closing programs based on retirements. That’s not an educational reason, that’s a budget reason.

The ANU branded the union’s claims as “utterly false”:

The ANU offers around 4,000 courses and each year the university refreshes its curricula.  Hundreds of courses are reviewed each year and via that process some are reaccredited, some are changed, some are cancelled and replaced.

LH Martin Institute Insights September 2013

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Insights


Innovation Darwinism

by Doron Ben-Meir

CEO of Commercialisation Australia Doron Ben-Meir on factors that drive innovation.


University professional staff: enhancing student outcomes

by Carroll Graham

UTS’ Carroll Graham on the key factors team leaders or managers can foster to achieve positive student outcomes.


Can we better link education and work through ‘vocations’ and ‘human capabilities’?

by Dr Nick Fredman

Our Research Fellow Nick Fredman reviews the three-year Vocations project, which is wrapping up at the end of this year.

2014 postgraduate programs for tertiary education leaders and professionals, awarded by The University of Melbourne


Master of Tertiary Education Management

Apply by January 2014. Need more info? Take part in an upcoming online info session or go to our website.

Our two-year, part time Masters program is tailored to the needs of academic and professional leaders in tertiary education institutions. Students gain expert perspectives on tertiary education systems and practical skills for leading and managing successfully in the tertiary education context. Open to Australian and international students with five years relevant work experience and an undergraduate degree.


Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education Management

Apply by January 2014. Need more info? Take part in an upcoming online info session or go to our website.

A one-year, part time program for current and aspiring managers* in tertiary education institutions. Similar to the Masters, students gain expert perspectives on tertiary education systems and skills for managing successfully in the tertiary education context. Open to Australian and international students with two years relevant work experience and an undergraduate degree.

* Aspiring managers must have completed our Emerging Leaders and Managers Program to be eligible for this program.


Graduate Certificate in Quality Assurance

Apply by January 2014. Need more info? Take part in an upcoming online info session or go to our website.

A one-year, fully online program for quality assurance practitioners in tertiary education or staff of educational institutions that are establishing or improving their internal quality assurance systems. Consists of a comprehensive academic program addressing the evolving demands of quality assurance in the sector. Open to Australian and international students with at least two years relevant work experience and an undergraduate degree.

Upcoming forum, conference and public seminar


Managing Research and Innovation for Social and Economic Development

Register today! 30-31 October 2013, Canberra.

Where to for research and innovation under the new government in Australia? And will the role of tertiary education change? Speakers include Chief Scientist of Australia Prof. Ian Chubb and Chair of Universities Australia, Prof. Sandra Harding.


National Student Engagement Forum: Creating an Engaged Student Experience

21 October 2013, Melbourne; 23 October 2013, Sydney; 25 October 2013, Brisbane.

One-day forum on effective institutional practices for engaging students, including through the use of support partnerships and technology. Speakers include NUS President Jade Tyrrell and Director of the US National Survey of Student Engagement Prof. Alexander McCormick.


VET in Germany

23 October 2013, Melbourne and via webinar

This free seminar by Prof. Sandra Bohlinger from Osnabrueck University, Germany will discuss the core ideas and traditions of Germany’s VET system and how it has arisen to challenges, including demographic shifts and the recent global financial crisis.

Upcoming professional development programs


Emerging Leaders and Managers Program (eLAMP)

Start and finish anytime within a 12-month period; available as a self-paced program for individuals (ATEM members only) or for guided cohorts.

Program designed for new and aspiring managers in tertiary education and delivered through online modules and face-to-face workshops. Also provides a pathway into our Graduate Certificate programs above.


Study Mission to review apprenticeships in Germany and UK

11-21 November 2013. Register by 15 October 2013.

This provider and industry study mission will focus on critical issues affecting the Australian TVET system. It is jointly hosted by the LH Martin Institute and TAFE Directors Australia (TDA) and will visit Hamburg, Bremen and Bonn in Germany and London, Nottingham and Birmingham in the UK.

LH Martin Institute and community news


Dr Gavin Lind wins LH Martin Institute Award for Excellence in Leadership

Dr Gavin Lind from Minerals Council of Australia won the award for his innovative and strong leadership over a sustained period, which included working under political scrutiny and with a wide variety of stakeholders. The award was presented as part of the 2013 ATEM/Campus Review Best Practice Awards in Tertiary Education Management held on 16 September in Hobart.


Congratulations to our TEMC 2013 prize giveaway winners

Thank you to all who dropped by our stand at TEMC 2013 in Hobart. We were thrilled to see many old faces and say hello to new ones. Thank you also to those who participated in our prize giveaway. The winners were:

  • Jennie Connor from University of South Australia, who won a free module in our 2014 Tertiary Education Leadership program;
  • Manita Stokes from Deakin University, who won a free short course of her choice in 2014;
  • Ilse Hindle from The University of Auckland, Mark Medosh from Queensland University of Technology, and Sarah Gatenby-Clark from University of Tasmania who each won a copy of the 2013 book ‘Job Satisfaction around the Academic World’.

Brazilian ministerial delegation visits the LH Martin Institute

Representatives from the Brazillian Ministry of Education’s SERES unit met with LH Martin Institute representatives earlier this month to discuss higher education quality assurance.


OECD reports on research and innovation released

Two reports focusing on research and innovation have been released by the OECD. Both involved the work of LH Martin Institute staff and have been produced under the OECD’s Innovation, Higher Education and Research for Development (IHERD) banner. They will be used, among others, as a base for a workshop with participants from 10 different French speaking countries from West and Central Africa.

Dates for your diary


1 October 2013: Emerging Leaders and Managers Program (eLAMP)  workshop, Melbourne. *For current eLAMP participants only*

16 October 2013: Information sessions for prospective GCQA students, online.

18 October 2013: Information sessions for prospective MTEM/GCTEM students, online.

21 October 2013: National Student Engagement Forum: Creating an Engaged Student Experience, Melbourne.

23 October 2013: National Student Engagement Forum: Creating an Engaged Student Experience, Sydney.

23 October 2013: Free seminar: VET in Germany, Melbourne and via webinar.

25 October 2013: National Student Engagement Forum: Creating an Engaged Student Experience, Brisbane.

30-31 October 2013: Conference: Managing Research and Innovation for Social and Economic Development, Canberra.

11-21 November 2013: Study Mission to review apprenticeships in Germany and United Kingdom.

20 November 2013: Information sessions for prospective GCQA students, online.

22 November 2013: Information sessions for prospective MTEM/GCTEM students, online.

4 December 2013: Information sessions for prospective GCQA students, online.

6 December 2013: Information sessions for prospective MTEM/GCTEM students, online.

January 2014: Applications deadline for our Masters and Graduate Certificate programs.

Ongoing (register and start anytime): Emerging Leaders and Managers Program, online.

Around the world…


Astrophysicist Amaya Moro-Martín’s open letter to the Spanish prime minister asks for her dignity back as a researcher, The Guardian, 28 August.

The happiest universities to work for in the US are…not those that pay the most, Huffington Post, 29 August.

Anders Breivik, the Norwegian man responsible for the death of 77 and wounding of 232 people in a 2011 attack in Oslo, has been admitted to study political science modules at the University of Oslo. The University’s Rector explained the decision to grant Breivik access to the program, The Guardian, 13 September.

Two of mainland China’s largest universities, Peking and Tsinghua, will start offering free online courses in partnership with EdX, South China Morning Post, 19 September.

The Rhodes scholarship to Oxford University, currently available to students from the Commonwealth, the United States and Germany, could soon expand to students from China, Russia, Brazil and elsewhere thanks to a $120-million donation from a Canadian businessman, The Globe and Mail, 19 September.

Merger of Malaysia’s Education and Higher Education ministries will see ‘one education master plan‘ for the country with particular attention paid to public university autonomy, The Malaysian Insider, 20 September.

Engineering is the preferred undergraduate degree of higher education students in the Middle East according to a recent survey, Gulf News, 25 September.

LH Martin Institute in the media


Research Fellow Dr Nick Fredman wrote about effectiveness of mid-level qualifications in ‘Where the middle road leads‘, Campus Review, 16 September.

Comments and contributions


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