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Push for students to work on farms

Fruit and vegetables could become more expensive unless critical labour shortages are filled, with young Australians being urged to pick up the slack. Under a bipartisan push for school leavers and university students to take a gap year at home, ...

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Broken ladders? Why Rhodes snubs rankings

Rhodes University in South Africa doesn’t throw its own hat in the rankings ring – but that doesn’t mean you can’t find it there. Drawing on publicly available data, many rankings bodies slot its name into their league tables, possibly ...

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Universities want proposed reforms changed

Australia's top universities are shaking their heads at the federal government's proposed reforms, saying they will lead to lower quality education. Group of Eight chair Margaret Gardner says the changes need "significant amendments". "We would have preferred a longer and ...

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Oxford, AstraZeneca resume vaccine trial

The University of Oxford has announced it is resuming a trial for a coronavirus vaccine it is developing with pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, a move that comes days after the study was suspended following a reported side-effect in a UK patient. ...

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Scan of stars turns up no alien signs yet

Scientists have completed the broadest search to date for extraterrestrial civilisations by scanning roughly 10.3 million stars using a radio telescope in Australia but found nothing – not yet, at least. Seeking evidence of possible life beyond our solar system, ...

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Reinventing the university business model: opinion

COVID-19 has caused a brutal reappraisal of the value of higher education and the university business model. Universities Australia estimates a revenue shortfall of up to $4.5 billion in 2020 with international student demand dropping by up to 50 per ...

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British researchers design COVID death risk tool

British scientists have come up with a tool to help clinicians predict the risk of death among patients hospitalised with COVID-19. The researchers said the score enables “accurate stratification of patients” with the virus and added it could “guide clinician ...

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