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Discounts for uni students scrapped

Life’s about to get more expensive for university students after savings measures cleared parliament. The measures save $1.1 billion by replacing student scholarships with loans and scrapping a 10-per-cent discount on HECS-HELP up-front payments. The laws were the last to ...

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The community way

Local ownership of satellite campuses may be the answer to greater reach for unis and better service to the places they reside. A tertiary education campus can be a significant asset to a community, offering long-lived economic, social and cultural ...

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Private funding called essential for public unis

Public universities must broaden their funding base to thrive and survive, the chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley, has said. Nicholas Dirks, whose institution was ranked as the top public university in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, said government ...

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Qld blood cancer test a ‘game-changer’

Sufferers of a specific type of blood cancer could be spared gruelling chemotherapy regimes thanks to a new test developed in Queensland. The world-first tool helps predict how patients with a specific form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma – known as Diffuse ...

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Research isn’t all about quick profits: ARC fellow

Funding stability and a long-term outlook are key to ensuring a bright research future for Australia, a senior researcher told a conference yesterday. Speaking at the Times Higher Education World Academic Summit in Melbourne, Australian Research Council Future Fellow and University of ...

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Australian unis climb in global rankings

Australian universities have performed strongly in the latest international rankings but the government needs to boost higher education funding to sustain the trend, a key monitoring group says. The 2015-16 Times Higher Education World University rankings released on Wednesday show ...

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Voices are beacons

With a tumultuous year coming up, it’s more important than ever that students’ needs and desires guide the way. In Queensland universities, leaders are looking to a ‘cliff year’ on the horizon, and considering how best to chart a course ...

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Workforce management a full-time chore

Increasing proportions of sessional staff make management more complicated; the right software can help keep everything in order. The increase in sessional staff at universities and colleges is one of the most significant changes in Australia’s academic workforce from the ...

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Only half of psychology studies replicated

An investigation into the reproducibility of results in psychology has found fewer than half of replications produce the same findings as the original study, regardless of the analytic method or criteria. Launched in 2012, the Reproducibility Project: Psychology was an international ...

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