The Southgate Institute for Health, Society and Equity hosted a Policy Club, held in partnership with NTEU, exploring Healthy University Workplaces on 18th June 2015. Australia’s universities have been transformed by neoliberal thinking affecting the mission of the university, its management, funding and the relationships between staff and students.
The Policy Club featured an address from Professor Emerita Raewyn Connell, an eminent sociologist with an academic and practical interest in working conditions in universities. Chaired by DVC-R Professor David Day, other speakers presented perspectives from senior university leadership researchers, teachers and the NTEU. A lively discussion between audience and panel members covered issues such as mental health consequences of uncertain working conditions and casualization of the workforce as well as structures & processes to support a healthier workplace e.g. collaborative budgeting, communication processes, conversion of casual positions to permanent, commitment to trial changes, address growing inequities between staff, and reduction of control and surveillance.
Further details and powerpoints from speakers are available here.