precarious employment in universities

COVID-19 has destroyed academic careers & stalled equity in our universities: Death knell or opportunity?

By Troy Heffernan

In mid-March, my university sent me and my colleagues home to work remotely for what everyone thought would be a week, maybe ten days. It was meant to be just enough time for Victoria to get on top of the virus that was increasingly in the news. More than 280 days later, most of us

Universities are exploiting their sessional academics. We need to do better for our precariously employed

By Troy Heffernan

As the 2020 academic year begins, this will be the first in my seven years of working in universities that I have a permanent position and am not relying on contracts or sessional work. I know how privileged I am to be in this position, but I also know first-hand what precarious employment feels like.