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


CASA news 01/16

Hello, and welcome to the start of a new year of CASA news on casualisation in Australian higher education. This is a painful time for academic casuals trying to organise teaching contracts for the coming year, and we’re sending our good thoughts out to everyone in this fraught situation. We ended last year having a think about … Continue reading

CASA news 11/15

Welcome to the CASA news roundup on issues affecting casual, adjunct, sessional and other precariously positioned university workers, in Australia and internationally. What’s been happening in Australia Casualisation went from saving the sector to crippling the sector in one fell swoop with  University of Adelaide Vice Chancellor Professor Warren Bebbington pointing to all the money that can be saved … Continue reading

CASA news 10/15

Welcome to the CASA news for issues affecting casual, adjunct, and sessional university staff in Australia and internationally. What’s been happening here The recent Federal Budget did nothing much to break the holding patterns within the Australian university sector regarding deregulation of fees, research funding, or official acknowledgement of casualisation across the sector. In short, … 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 04/15: for #NAWD

Hello, and welcome to a midweek news post in support of National Adjunct Walkout Day (mostly) in the US. This is a major coordinated effort to raise awareness of the terrible state of the North American academic labour market—which is of course inseparable from the terrible state of the global academic labour market. There will be coverage … 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

CASA weekly news 01/15

And … we’re back. CASA took a long summer break for health reasons, and now we’re back and ready to start sorting through the news pile. First, a very overdue thanks to everyone who helped us out and encouraged us last year. If you’d like to make a contribution to the higher education debate through CASA in … Continue reading

CASA weekly news 38/14

Hello, and welcome to this week’s roundup of things relevant to casualisation in Australia’s higher education sector. A bit of a backlog of news this week, as we took a break last week while falling down a hole and coming out with more questions than answers about the status of Australia’s casualised workers. What’s going on? Reform: … Continue reading

CASA weekly news 37/14

Hello and welcome to this week’s news on casualisation in higher education, at the beginning of the Long Australian Summer for casual academic university staff. At the recent NTEU Insecure Work conference in Hobart, one of the most interesting sets of details related to the long-term casualisation of routine university administrative work through the use … Continue reading