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Fewer seats at the table for NZ university staff and students

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New Zealand’s Ministry of Education has proposed a reduction in the size of university councils and the removal of mandatory staff and student representation.

Each of the country’s universities is required to have between 12 and 20 members on its governing body, four of which should be appointed by the minister for tertiary education. Academic staff, general staff and students must each have between one and three representatives on the council. The university’s vice-chancellor, and union and business representatives, should also be involved.

But in a proposal published on 1 October, the education ministry said the size of each council should be reduced to between eight and 12 members. The government would still choose four of those, but the university would appoint the other members as it sees fit.

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