Media release: New Zealand universities in staffing crisis - Latest report reveals troubling trends
Wellington (Tuesday, 1 August 2023) – The New Zealand Initiative’s report Blessing or Bloat? Non-Academic Staffing in New Zealand Universities in Comparative Perspective, co-authored by Drs James Kierstead and Michael Johnston shows that a majority of staff at New Zealand universities are non-academics.
New Zealand universities have the highest ratio of non-academics to academics amongst English-speaking countries.
Dr Kierstead will be joined by New Zealand Initiative Executive Director Dr Oliver Hartwich and Distinguished Professor Gaven Martin to discuss the implications of the report on Tuesday, 1 August, from 4.00 pm to 5.00 pm.
Join us for this conversation about the state of staffing in our universities and its implications for the future of higher education.
Register for the event via Zoom using this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_qhInV_tyQo6TLcJAG7o-tA#/
For more information and to download the report, please visit the Initiative’s website at www.nzinitiative.org.nz
Read our research note: Blessing or Bloat? Non-Academic Staffing in New Zealand Universities in Comparative Perspective here
Read the two page summary: click here
Dr James Kierstead and Dr Michael Johnston are available for comment. To schedule an interview, please contact:
Dr James Kierstead, Research Fellow
P: 022 371 5755
Dr Michael Johnston, Senior Fellow
P: 021 0227 3415
Amanda Boyd, Marketing & Communications Manager
P: 04 499 0790