Features

Uncap sub-bachelor programs, too

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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

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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

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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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Astroturfing

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

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  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

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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’

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  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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Iron Lady

The recent death of former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher has given rise to a spate of articles about the Iron Lady’s legacy. This famous nickname was first given to her by the Soviet army magazine Red Star in 1976. ...

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