Podcast: New Zealand university administrative bloat

Dr Oliver Hartwich
Dr James Kierstead
14 April, 2023

In this episode, Dr Oliver Hartwich and Dr James Kierstead discuss administrative bloat in New Zealand universities, focusing on the rise of non-academic staff and its potential consequences.

Dr Kierstead shares some figures on the large number of non-academic employees compared to academic staff and compares the situation to other countries. The conversation considers why universities need non-academic staff, but also explores how many is too many.

Dr Kierstead's upcoming report aims to start a debate about how many non-academic staff are needed and how universities can balance their priorities to provide quality education and research while managing their finances.

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