On Wednesday the 28th of August at the Student Forum, the ANU Education Action Group presented a list of demands to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Marnie Hughes Warrington and the Dean of the College of Arts and Social Sciences Toni Makkai.
With School Staff being excluded from vital educational decision-making processes by the CASS administration, and the Chancellery treating the National Tertiary Education Union with outright contempt, the students of the ANU EAG cannot sit idly by as the ANU continues to prioritise:
- Profit over education
- Research over teaching
- Bottom-lines over staff working conditions
- Pedagogical standardisation over academic autonomy; and
- Centralised bureaucratic power over School independence.
Therefore, the ANU EAG demands that the ANU make a public commitment to:
1. KEEP TUTORIALS
Ensure that every course that runs tutorials this year – later year courses as well as a first year courses – continues to offer tutorials next year with a maximum of 15 students per tutorial, and that financial resources for this be guaranteed.
2. RESPECT ACADEMIC AUTONOMY
Provide staff with the support they require to deliver courses in the manner that they deem best suits the needs of their courses and their students.
3. VALUE POSTGRADUATE TEACHERS
Support paid Higher Degree Research teaching experience and guarantee that it remains a priority into the future.
4. GENUINE CONSULTATION WITH STUDENTS
Develop a consultation policy for educational changes, through a Committee of Council that has broad representation from students and staff, including ANUSA, PARSA and the ANU EAG.
5. FAIR PAY AND FAIR WORK LOADS FOR STAFF
Agree to the 4.5% pay rise for Staff as put forth by the National Tertiary Education Union.
If ANU cannot make a public commitment to these demands by 5pm Friday 30 August, then we as students must respond. We will feel ethically obliged to stand up for our education, for the academics who nurture our minds and for future students. Hence, if ANU cannot agree to these demands, then we will be compelled to make ANU’s position known at the ANU OPEN DAY on the 31st of August.