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Academics report free speech concerns and heavy workloads


Union survey reveals constraints on time and academic freedom at New Zealand institutions

Academics in New Zealand are increasingly fearful of speaking out and are beset by “managerialism”, increased workloads and a lack of support for their research, a Tertiary Education Union survey has found.

More than 350 academics, all union members, completed the survey. A draft report on the results said that “members are often unaware of what ‘academic freedom’ means within the context of their work in the tertiary education sector” and “are often unaware of the ways in which institutions take action to preserve and enhance academic freedom”.

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