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AuthorGregor White - Critic

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October 4, 2010

Voluntary student membership (VSM) looks virtually certain to be introduced after the Education and Science select committee recommended the Education (Freedom of Association) Amendment Bill be passed into law with only minor changes late last month. The Act Party’s bill is almost guaranteed to become law after the National Government indicated it would support the […]

October 4, 2010

Thousands of tertiary students around New Zealand will unexpectedly have their access to student loans cut off after it was discovered that the legislation changes introduced this year will take into account 2009 academic results. The law changes, introduced in the 2010 Budget, mean that students who fail more than half of their course over […]

May 10, 2010

Otago gets slash-happy In the wake of the closure of the Otago University Design Studies Department, Otago’s student magazine Critic can reveal that three other departments are also under review. The three departments are: the Department of Social Work and Community Development; the Departments of Accountancy and Business Law and Finance and Quantitative Analysis; and […]

May 10, 2010

Otago says no too Otago students found themselves locked out of Blackboard after the University of Otago took action against students with unpaid debts, and a few other unfortunate souls who hadn’t done anything wrong. The Blackboard blackout was the university’s response to rising numbers of students who have failed to pay monies owed. This […]

March 8, 2010

Don’t take your guns to town Minister for Energy Gerry Brownlee rode into Dunedin last week with his Stetson and six shooter, only to find out that he should’ve left his guns at home to avoid shooting his mouth off. Comments about Voluntary Student Membership made by Brownlee following a meeting with the Otago Young […]