The FILT (Foundations in Learning and Teaching) Alumni Scholarship aim is to encourage a scholarly approach to Learning and Teaching across Macquarie University’s FILT alumni community. This scholarship is an award of $1,000 that can be used to support your scholarly research and writing about learning and teaching or presentation at a conference on learning and teaching in higher education.
The second national leadership summit on quality learning and teaching with sessional staff was hosted at Macquarie University on Friday 10 April. With representatives from 35 institutions, including the Office for Learning and Teaching and a director from TEQSA, the atmosphere on the day was vibrant. Following the keynotes, Pecha Kuchas introduced the finalists in the National BLASST Good Practice Awards.
Members of the BLASST team recently heard Professor Guy Standing (Professor of Development, University of London) speak at a public lecture hosted by the Centre for Workforce Futures. Promoting a new vocabulary of the “precariat”, Standing extends its original meaning of “temporary or seasonal workers” as he elaborates on labour security.
Sessional academics are part of this precariat, and so they may lack a “secure work-based identity” and suffer from “status discord” (Standing’s words), i.e. having high levels of formal education but accepting jobs on low incomes. Indeed, he spoke of university as a lottery ticket, describing the growth in precariat, or sessional, positions as a new core and a new norm.