It’s week 1 of the new academic year all over Australian higher education. Academic casuals are getting back to work, juggling timetables, searching for space in shared offices (if that) and wondering how to meet university-mandated requirements for high quality teaching that are based on the vanishing fiction of an academic career, conducted from an office with a computer and everything.
In The Australian, Kylar Loussikian reported on this under the startling headline “Research’s gain, teaching’s loss as casuals rule at universities“, which is really not the case because no one currently ruling Australia’s higher education system would accept the working conditions of its casual staff.
In February the Australian Higher Education Industrial Association released its commissioned PwC report into the future of the Australian higher education workforce, citing 2010 figures from the Grattan Institute’s 2014 Mapping Australian Higher Education report:
Universities continue to be a significant employer, with 116,000 individuals employed by universities…
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