Universities have more managers and admin staff than academics: report

Dr James Kierstead
Radio NZ - Nine To Noon
2 August, 2023

A new report finds New Zealand universities have the highest ratio of non-academics to academics amongst English-speaking countries. The report, from the think tank The New Zealand Initiative, finds there are 40 to 50 per cent more managers and administrators than teaching staff. Co-author Dr James Kierstead is a Senior Lecturer in Classics at Victoria University and a Research Fellow at the New Zealand Initiative. He says the report reflects a trend across the English speaking world. But Dr Kierstead says Victoria, Otago, Massey and AUT are all in the midst of budget cuts, so it's important to have the debate about allocation of resources. He joins Kathryn, along with Chris Whelan, Chief Executive of Universities New Zealand.

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