Prompted as we were by the Universities Australia 2014 conference and its silence on the casualisation of university employment, we’re always on the lookout for other key sector conferences, strategic plans, initiatives, marketing materials, articles or announcements that continue with the airbrushing of casualisation from public view.
Our aim is constructive: we think this strategic thinking will work better and bring about more sustainable change if the people involved address the reality of who will be doing the work, including those who don’t work in ongoing or full-time positions in universities. Otherwise, we’re just announcing the latest flights of unicorns.
And it’s a simple matter of respect to people on short-term and hourly-paid contracts that their experience and constraints are acknowledged in the ways that universities talk amongst themselves, and talk about themselves to government.
So if you notice examples of visions of the future of higher education that don’t reflect the impact of casualised work, post them in the comments here, and we’ll see if we can’t make it better together.