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10/10/11

There may not be leaking sewage pipes as there were back in 2008, but the RAs at the uStay halls of residence still reckon they’re getting a pretty raw deal. Salient has heard that a number of Residential Advisers (RAs) from the residential complex—which includes Cumberland, McKenzies and Education House—are dissatisfied with the pay they [...]

02/10/11

The results of the VUWSA General Election were anno-unced last Thursday night, with few surprises and little excitement. Official voter turnout figures were unavailable when Salient went to print, but it is estimated to be approximately 1800 students. Though this is only about ten per cent of the student body, it is almost double last [...]

02/10/11

Government funding cuts mean students will no longer be able to take university preparation courses at Victoria University. The government has decided that it will no longer fund university preparation courses at universities but will continue to fund such courses at polytechnics and other training organisations. This means that Victoria University’s Certificate in University Preparation [...]

25/09/11

Token mentions of the impending “VSM environment” dominated the VUWSA Candidates Forum on Wednesday, most of which were overwhelmingly negative. The Forum attracted a large crowd, many of whom appeared to be genuinely interested in the candidates’ ideas. Unfortunately time constraints meant a number of questions went unasked and the final few candidates were rushed [...]

19/09/11

Students have awarded the overall student experience at Victoria an “A,” but that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for improvement. Victoria has recently released the results of its Student Experience Improvement Survey which it conducted in April and May this year. The survey aimed to give the university an opportunity to hear the ‘student voice’ [...]

19/09/11

Students were given an opportunity to chat with the university bigwigs two Fridays ago, but despite the free BBQ only about ten students came along. VUWSA’s ‘Chew the Fat with Pat’ invited students to ask questions of Victoria University Chancellor Ian McKinnon and Vice-Chancellor Pat Walsh. Both McKinnon and Walsh emphasised that their key goal [...]

12/09/11

The battle opposing voluntary student membership continues, this time as Māori students’ associations come out against the bill. Te Mana Ākonga, the National Māori Tertiary Students’ Association, attempted to lodge a claim with the Waitangi Tribunal, stating that the passage of the VSM Bill has not taken into account Māori interests. The claim was been [...]

12/09/11

Students may be left without essential student services under a proposal from Tertiary Education Minister Steven Joyce. The objective of the proposal is to establish a framework for how compulsory fees and student services are administered by universities. This framework aims to create transparency and accountability in decision-making on these issues. Part of the proposal [...]

05/09/11

Legislation passed under urgency in Parliament last month means universities will be unable to dramatically increase the amount students pay in compulsory student services fees. The Education Amendment Bill (No.4) aims to make the process of allocating service fees more transparent and allow student input. It will also give the Tertiary Education Minister power to [...]