Well put, Paul.
As many of you will be aware, the UoW has already had to make across the board cuts
recently. National's budget deals yet another blow for staff and students - existing
and future. I suspect that freezing resource levels (despite good evidence of increasing
demand) and slashing scholarships for training and education were not what NZers had in
mind when they voted for 'change' in the last election.
Societies and Cultures
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--- On Wed, 3/6/09, Paul Beere <pbeere(a)waikato.ac.nz> wrote:
From: Paul Beere <pbeere(a)waikato.ac.nz>
Subject: Re: [Pgsa_mem] NZ Budget news: Postgraduate Scholarships get the chop
To: "Members of The Waikato University Post Graduate Students Association"
Received: Wednesday, 3 June, 2009, 10:35 AM
The neoliberal politicians have been ranting about the "knowledge economy" since
the early nineties. Now it appears this rhetoric has become hollow. I must admit, when I
submitted my TADS application last year, I was nervous because it was just before the
general election and I didn't think I'd be successful if National got in. It seems
now that there was foundation to my fears. One of the benefits of the TADS is that it
increased the chances of gaining a university level PhD scholarship as it took the top
students out of the competition pool. Now, there will be much more competition for
universtiy PhD scholarships, which is a shame. This is particularly relevant in an
economic recession, as university attendance tends to increase as the job market becomes
Of particular concern is the change in status for German and French Masters students. On
an international level, it sends a signal that we no longer value the reciprocal
agreements that have been forged between these countries. We have had students in our
department from Germany that have made a major contribution, which would never have
happened if they had to pay full international student rates. Once again, NZ comes across
as a provincal "backwater" that cares about cows and rugby and little else.
Remember this for when it's time to vote again.
Department of Geography, Tourism and Environmental Planning
University of Waikato
Private Bag 3105
Hamilton, New Zealand
+6478384466 ext. 6028 Fax: +6478384633
From: pgsa_mem-bounces(a)list.waikato.ac.nz on behalf of todd nachowitz
Sent: Wed 03/06/2009 09:37
To: Members of The Waikato University Post Graduate Students Association
Subject: [Pgsa_mem] NZ Budget news: Postgraduate Scholarships get the chop
Here's some important budget-related news from the NZ Vice-
Chancellor's Committee (NZVCC) regarding the loss of postgraduate
scholarships in New Zealand.
In particular, the Top Achiever Doctoral scholarships will be abolished.
For me, the email from the NZVCC (copied below) raises more questions
than it answers. It's unclear from this email what is meant by:
"Broad-based support is already offered through student achievement
funding which is considered more effective than scholarship funding"
as it gives no examples. It mentions continued PBRF funding, but its
also unclear if postgraduates can apply for it. Further, will
something new replace the Top Achievers scholarships? WIll Waikato
University's Doctoral Scholarships be affected in any way?
I've asked for some clarification of these questions and will pass
this info on when i hear back.
I've just viewed the NZVCC's web site and this article: "Budget Deals
Body Blow to Universities" <www.nzvcc.ac.nz/node/410> provides some
of the background information. This brief article is a "must-read"
for anyone interested in the National government's support (or lack
of) for the university system.
Dept. of Political Science and Public Policy
PGSA Student Representative to the Postgraduate Studies Committee
uni email: <tn37(a)waikato.ac.nz>
home email: <toddnach(a)gmail.com>
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Begin forwarded message:
From: Kiri Manuera [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Thursday, 28 May 2009 4:02 p.m.
Subject: FW: Budget news
Some of you may have already heard the budget news, the Top Achiever
Doctoral Scholarships will be abolished. The NZIDRS scholarships
will be decreasing from 38 to 10. See more information on outcomes
concerning scholarships below:
The Performance-Based Research Fund (PBRF) supports increased
quality of research and research-based teaching and learning, and
provides incentives for improving investment in research in the
Increases to the PBRF announced by the previous government were
withdrawn as part of unwinding unfunded commitments (with a total
reduction of $18.6 million over four years). The Government has now
restored this funding, with the baseline set to grow to $250 million
from 2010/11. This means that there is no material change to the
New Zealand's investment in research quality and capability has been
maintained through continued support for the PBRF.
Bonded Merit, Step Up and Top Achiever Doctoral scholarships cease
from June 2009. All existing recipients continue to receive their
scholarships for their remaining tenure.
Broad-based support is already offered through student achievement
funding which is considered more effective than scholarship funding.
Scholarships affected include:
The NZ International Doctoral Research Scholarships - reduced from
38 to 10 new scholarships each year. Existing students will continue
to receive support until their scholarship terms and conditions expire
NZ Study Abroad Awards - phased out from the beginning of the 2010
NZ International Undergraduate Fees Scholarships - phased out from
the beginning of the 2010 academic year. Existing students will
continue to receive support until their scholarship terms and
Domestic Status for German and French Masters Students
Domestic fees exemptions for German and French Masters students will
be phased out. Existing exchange students will not be affected, as
the necessary regulations will continue to support their enrolment
as domestic students.
Note: There is no specific appropriation because this is funded from
the current appropriations for domestic students.
Kiri Manuera (Ms)
New Zealand Vice-Chancellors' Committee
Level 11, 94 Dixon Street
PO Box 11915
Wellington 6142, New Zealand
Ph: +64 +4 381 8510
Fx: +64 +4 381 8501
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