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A few words

What to say in the aftermath of this piece. In his mid-40s, John had worked as a casual university tutor since finishing his PhD in philosophy 15 years ago. Passed over a few times for tenured jobs, he was a long-term member of the academic reserve army, the members of which perform around half of … Continue reading


Actual numbers, an update

Our last post drew attention to the publicly available WGEA reports, in which large Australian employer organisations (including Australian universities) report their staffing mix as part of a national commitment to collecting and reporting data on workplace gender equity. This data doesn’t have casualisation as its focus, but casualisation is one of the factors reported. It’s … Continue reading

Actual numbers, actual people

For various reasons, we keep an eye on what comes out of the Workplace Gender Equality Agency which is the Australian Government statutory agency responsible for promoting and improving gender equality in Australian workplaces.* Of most interest is the WGEA’s publicly accessible and very search-friendly archive of the required annual reports by relevant Australian employers … Continue reading

CASA news 05/15

College teaching is one of the few jobs that has been turned from a good job into a bad job … in one generation. ‘Freeway Flyers–higher education’s best kept secret‘ trailer Here’s this week’s news on casualisation in Australia’s higher education system, where the government’s proposal for sector reform is once more being inspected by Senate committee. … Continue reading

CASA news 03/15

Hello, and welcome to this week’s news related to the casualisation of Australian higher education. Over the summer we’ve maintained a less than weekly output, but things are heating up, and we’re here with a pile of things to think about. This is the sharp end of hiring season for Australian academic casuals, as new grant-funded … Continue reading

What’s in a name?

Lovely to welcome Robyn May back to CASA this week. Robyn’s going to be speaking in Melbourne at an NTEU seminar on national and global trends in academic casualisation, on Thursday evening. For those who can’t make a Melbourne event, it’ll be live tweeted to the #auscasuals hashtag from 7pm AEST, and there should be a chance … Continue reading

Is academia a meritocracy?

One of the reasons why casualisation is so hard to address is that concrete suggestions for change are often contentious. Another new writer joins the CASA community this week, looking at controversy around the creation of full-time positions targeted at early career academics. Every three or four years, local branches of the National Tertiary Education Union … Continue reading

“The sleeper in the room”: casualisation and the 2014 OLT conference

A warm welcome to another new CASA contributor this week, with a report on the OLT 2014 Conference that many of us followed on Twitter.  There’s an accompanying Storify of the exchanges between those who were there, and those watching from home. We really welcome comment, especially from anyone who was there.  This past week, I … Continue reading

In service to justice

We’re really delighted to introduce a new CASA contributor, Agnes Bosanquet, who has been researching the changing values Australian universities have promoted in their institutional Graduate Attribute statements. Do universities hold to these values in their own hiring practices? If wizards are responsible for making house elves what they are, who (or what) are our universities making? What are … Continue reading

The Arrogance of Wizards, or A View From Dumbledore’s Office

Prof Andrew Vann is the Vice Chancellor of Charles Sturt University, Australia. We invite a wide range of views into CASA on how casualisation came about and how we might now proceed, because we know that those working casually can’t solve these problems on their own—except by walking away. CASA readers, you’re really warmly invited to comment … Continue reading