contingent faculty news across the globe from the casual, adjunct, sessional staff and their allies in Australian higher education
Welcome to the weekly roundup of news of interest to anyone thinking about the casualisation of university work in Australia — this week with a focus on administration, budgets and hiring practices.
What happened this week?
The University of Canberra confirmed that it’s offering a “higher education profit-sharing scheme” which will see full-time and part-time staff share a bonus if the university’s financial target surplus is exceeded by $1m. This bonus was first mentioned in media coverage of enterprise agreement negotiations in November last year. The Vice Chancellor of UC, who has been a strong critic of deregulation, promoted the scheme as a means of engaging staff with the university’s success:
One of the reasons I was motivated to introduce an employee bonus scheme was so that we all feel we have a stake in the financial success of the university and have a contribution to make,” he wrote.
“I would encourage…
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