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Australian research has garnered several money commitments for work that shows valuable benefits. By Aidan Byrne It has been an intense and interesting year for the higher education and research sectors. Of course, much of the focus has been on ...

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Breaking bad on faking fad


Plagiarism is crystal meth to academia; and with fraud once again in the national headlines, it’s timely to take a look at its real causes, and the role academics can play in limiting it.  The doctor changed my medication. I ...

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Abuse of principals is on the rise


The number of parents threatening principals with violence and abuse is on the rise, an Australia-wide survey has revealed. The Principal Health and Wellbeing Survey Report, produced by the Australian Catholic University and the Teachers Health Fund, revealed the percentage of ...

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Modern love

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University environments today are increasingly designed to allow students to inhabit them in their own special ways.   We might often think of universities as large, prestigious institutions steeped in tradition – menacing monolithic sandstone architecture projecting the authority they ...

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Women of influence

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Three academics recently listed amongst the nation’s most influential women give their perspectives on how the gender gap still affects the higher education sector.  Most Australians would probably not be overly familiar with former Irish president Mary Robinson. Born Mary ...

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Pyne vows reform fight isn’t over


The education minister, Christopher Pyne, has pledged to introduce a revised version of his government’s higher-education deregulation reforms to parliament after the Senate recently voted to reject the package announced as part of May’s federal Budget. Despite further amendments – including the ...

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VC Parker launches screed against reforms

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University of Canberra VC professor Stephen Parker has launched a scathing attack against Universities Australia, his fellow university chiefs and the government itself as the Coalition’s controversial higher-education reforms face a fascinating week in the Senate. In an incendiary speech ...

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Christmas tree survival kit: hairspray


A UNSW ecologist and a group of Sydney schoolgirls have identified a novel approach to preventing the nation’s Christmas trees from browning off this year: hairspray. The project, undertaken by Year 7 students at Kambala and overseen by UNSW staff, analysed the ...

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