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OPINION: Govt must continue fight for reform

Retention by the Government of the Reform Legislation from the 2014 budget is very important for the sector and must be brought forward again, writes Adrian McComb. For private higher education the government's proposed reforms promise equitable treatment and wider options for ...

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Don’t take this news sitting down

A half-hour at the gym doesn’t cut it if you’re sedentary the rest of the day, researcher says. By James Wells A University of the Sunshine Coast student is urging her colleagues to get up off their seats for the ...

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Curtin med school sparks war of words

The federal government is trading blows with the Australian Medical Association over doctors’ concerns that Curtin University’s planned medical school will exacerbate training bottlenecks. On Sunday, Curtin vice-chancellor professor Deborah Terry said the government’s green light for the proposed school ...

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BUDGET: Research cuts and uncertainty for higher education

Universities have expressed dismay at ongoing uncertainty over much-needed reforms to higher education and cuts to research programs following yesterday's announcement of the federal Budget. Universities Australia noted the “lack of progress through the Parliament of the Government’s Higher Education Research and Reform Amendment ...

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BUDGET: Cuts pay for research infrastructure

The federal government will pay for research infrastructure by taking $150 million from grants to other academic endeavours. Last year, the government gave the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy a year's extra funding, tying the $150 million price tag to ...

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Overseas HECS debt recovery ‘long overdue’: UA

Universities Australia has thrown its support behind the federal government’s recently announced push to recover HECS debt from graduates who relocate overseas, describing the initiative as “long overdue”. In a statement issued last week, UA chief executive Belinda Robinson said ...

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