"As an Employer of Choice for Women since 2009, we will continue to address challenges facing women as they build their careers. I am pleased to see our representation of women across the organisation is a healthy 60.8 per cent".
In contrast, a recently published journal paper by Suzanne Ryan and Bert Groen (University of Newcastle) and two other academics has investigated the casualisation of university teaching ("Casual academic staff in an Australian University: Marginalised and Excluded").. The university is not named but considering the lead author is from the University of Newcastle, it is assumed that the study was conducted there.
They noted that
"Casual academics are estimated to carry 50% of the teaching load in universities, including up to 80% of the first-year teaching load"
"the majority of sessional respondents to be female, middle-aged, with a postgraduate degree and approximately five years’ academic experience".
"the issue of greatest concern to survey respondents was the discontinuity of employment arising from the uncertainty of teaching allocations that adversely affected their ability to plan finances and other aspects of their lives " viz.
- Discontinuity of employment
- Insufficient notice of teaching allocation
- Impact of income uncertainty on financial planning
- Employment risks in refusing demands seen as unreasonable
- Impact of variable hours on family life
One head of school spoke of the "inequitable treatment of casuals demonstrates awareness of the problem: “Yes, they are treated like slave labour."'
This journal paper reports that casual/sessional academics are invisible
- "The feeling of invisibility is common among ses- sionals as they are generally excluded from mainstream school activities and com- plain of being ignored by their course coordinators".
- "the invisibility of casual academic work and the nature of teaching result in underpaid and unpaid work".