AUT VC Damon Salesa responds over 170 academic staff cuts

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AUT vice-chancellor Professor Damon Salesa
AUT vice-chancellor Professor Damon Salesa . . . answering critics over the university's process in cutting academic staff. Image: RNZ News/AUT

Yesterday RNZ’s Nine to Noon programme looked at the impact of redundancies at Auckland University of Technology (AUT) among academic staff — particularly on post-graduate students who are losing their supervisors.

The university has announced that 170 academic positions are being cut, but there are concerns about whether the criteria by which staff were selected to lose their jobs was fair.

Legal proceedings have been launched by the Tertiary Education Union (TEU), which says the university has truncated the processes for dismissal set out in the collective agreement.

It argues staff were selected because they failed to meet teaching and research requirements they did not know they were subject to.

Presenter Kathryn Ryan spoke to Professor Damon Salesa, who is vice-chancellor of AUT.

This article is republished under a community partnership agreement with RNZ. 

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