Uncap sub-bachelor programs, too


The early evidence suggests the demand-driven system is off to a good start but the ‘perverse’ incentive to underserve students who need more assistance should go. By Peter Dawkins. One of the initial steps of the Abbott Government in its ...

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Graduate study pays


It’s not just a rumour – postgraduate qualifications do improve prospect for jobs and pay. By Antonia Maiolo Pull Quote: The greatest salary advantages from postgraduate qualifications were in the fields of agriculture, business and management, built environment, computing and ...

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Make teacher quality a main priority


Universities that perform better in research do not necessarily provide better teaching, a new report by the Grattan Institute argues.   The report, taking university teaching seriously, says that as higher education enrolments increase, much more attention needs to be ...

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The practice of astroturfing involves an interested party creating the illusion of public support, to push a particular agenda. For example, the alliance of Australian retailers was set up in 2010 as a front for tobacco companies to campaign against ...

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Union calls for change to act


  The NTEU says members are angry with UWS management over their stance during negotiations for a new enterprise agreement. The National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) is calling for amendments to the Fair Work Act after it accused the Fair ...

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Accelerating qualification


It’s time universities made it easier – and faster – for students to earn and learn, by freeing up facilities. By Stuart Middleton Is it really necessary for students to take so long to get a qualification? Why are the ...

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Ballarat name change ‘imminent’


  In the wake of enormous change at campuses around the country, the University of Ballarat will have a new name in January 2014. By Antonia Maiolo University of Ballarat vice-chancellor David Battersby has said a name change for the institution ...

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2012 Words of the Year

The Macquarie Dictionary recently announced its winners of word (or phrase) of last year. Those chosen by the selection committee and the general public to represent the zeitgeist reflected a similar theme. The committee’s choice was phantom vibration syndrome, or ...

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