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VET special reports

Relevance: 100%      Posted on: March 19, 2012

This week we feature a number of news stories and comment pieces that cover the main issues in the vocational educational training sector. Those issues include the ongoing debate about the value of the public versus the private sector. They also include the concern about the demand-driven system in Victoria and ...

Student suspended over ‘bought’ essays

Relevance: 75%      Posted on: October 15, 2012

Deakin University has suspended at least one overseas student believed to be among a large group of students using online services to buy essays. More than 100 students were implicated in academic misconduct at the Victorian university earlier this year. The Business and Law Faculty’s deputy dean, Chris Kelly, said ...

Law school sues ANU over naming rights

Relevance: 75%      Posted on: November 19, 2012

A Sydney law school is suing the Australian National University over the name of its law faculty. The College of Law, based at St Leonards, claims ANU has infringed the college’s trademark by calling the university’s law faculty ANU College of Law. The Sydney college said “the proceedings relate to alleged infringement ...

Being TEQSA Ready

Relevance: 72%      Posted on: April 23, 2012

In light of the advent of the new regulatory and quality regime that TEQSA heralds, Campus Review is running a series of eight articles by members of the Discipline Scholars Network under the banner Being TEQSA Ready. The Discipline Scholars’ Network was established in 2011 as a direct result of the success ...

Non-academic staff aim for professional status

Relevance: 70%      Posted on: May 14, 2012

There is a general push for all non-academic staff in universities around Australia to be called professional rather than general staff. With the University of Auckland leading the way late last year with the change of status, the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) in Australia is campaigning for all members ...

Fears that demand could drive job cuts

Relevance: 69%      Posted on: November 21, 2011

Staff anxieties at two Sydney universities over the possibility of job cuts in the coming year could be a sign of tougher things to come, as universities attempt to make their money go further under demand-driven funding. Workers at both the University of Sydney and Macquarie University in north Sydney are ...

A BUPPP on the way to the work

Relevance: 68%      Posted on: February 13, 2012

One university has introduced an innovative program to prepare their graduates for the workplace.  There is growing pressure on universities and other tertiary education providers to develop strategies to meet the demands of business and industry for job-ready graduates. Defining what is a “job-ready” graduate still needs work, as does how to ...

Recreating the regulatory wheel is wasteful

Relevance: 68%      Posted on: May 3, 2010

The National Audit and Registration Agency (NARA) should have been selected as the national VET regulator, according to the CEO of a Melbourne-based private training provider. Brent Quill, CEO of Training for Work, told the recent Policy in the Pub forum in Melbourne that it didn’t make sense to set up ...

Former Newcastle VC Saunders joins TEQSA

Relevance: 64%      Posted on: August 13, 2014

Former University of Newcastle vice-chancellor professor Nicholas Saunders has been named acting chief commissioner and CEO of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA). In announcing the appointment, which comes as the government seeks to deliver sweeping higher education reforms, education minister Christopher Pyne said Saunders’ knowledge and experience would provide ...

RMIT fined for workplace breach

Relevance: 64%      Posted on: February 22, 2010

RMIT has fallen foul of workplace laws for failing to pay an on-call allowance to a security officer. RMIT University has been fined $13,000 for breaking workplace laws and ordered to pay a former employee over $91,000 in back pay and interest. RMIT was found guilty in the Melbourne Magistrates Court for ...