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If today’s trends continue, a child born in Australia in the next few years will enrol in university in the 2030s. What will tertiary education look like in 2030 – and even further out, in 2050? Thought leaders in the ...

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What top teachers know

Australian National University’s Dr Elizabeth Beckmann has been awarded a fellowship in recognition of her work improving the quality of university teaching. The Australian National Teaching Fellowship is awarded by the Office for Learning and Teaching. As its recipient, Beckmann ...

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UWA won’t host Islamic speaker

The University of Western Australia has confirmed it rejected a request from a controversial Muslim activist and writer to hold a public lecture on its campus due to “risk assessment advice”. Earlier this week, the university’s Muslim Students Association (MSA) ...

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UTS academics on strike

UTS engineering faculty building

Academic staff at the University of Technology, Sydney launched a strike action this morning. The National Tertiary Education Union is accusing the university of “stonewalling” efforts to secure a fair staff enterprise agreement. Acting president of the NTEU’s UTS branch, Vince ...

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Emergency communications upgrades researched

Communication breakdowns between emergency services during major disasters may soon be a thing of the past. Research is under way that aims to develop an integrated system that will aid collaborative response efforts. Research fellow at the University of Adelaide’s Teletraffic ...

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The sound of music

Untrained audiences attending musical performances may be placing too much emphasis on their visual sense when critically assessing music and need better skills with which to judge quality sound. That belief is the basis of a pilot study being launched ...

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Robots against dementia

Companion machines are set to change the way Australian aged-care providers look after people with dementia. Robots helping to improve the quality of life of older people and people with dementia might sound like a health-inspired scene from Dr Who, ...

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Public trusts unis far more than pollies

Australians have almost three times as much confidence in the country's universities as in Federal Parliament, a recently released ANU poll of public attitudes shows. The phone-based survey of 1388 Australians – conducted in June and July this year – asked respondents ...

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Apprenticeship, traineeship numbers drop

An economic downturn has been blamed for a recent decline in the number of Australians commencing trade and non-trade apprenticeships and traineeships. Seasonally adjusted data that the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) released last week indicates that commencement numbers ...

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