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NTEU accuses VU of manufacturing a deficit

Victoria University has been accused of having a “manufactured deficit” to justify sweeping workforce restructures, a claim that university management has firmly denied. Paul Adams, president of the National Tertiary Education Union’s VU branch, said the 115 job losses that ...

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OECD touts mums’ economic potential

You don’t often see a positive spin on unemployment figures. In this case, however, mums have cause to smile. The OECD has tipped them as the single largest potential contributor to Australia’s workforce. In a report, Connecting People with Jobs, ...

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Apprenticeship numbers keep falling

Trade apprenticeship numbers have continued their decline, new statistics from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research have shown, with the number of new apprentices plummeting. Between September 2015 and September 2016, trade apprenticeship numbers decreased by 4.7 per cent ...

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Mindfulness may trigger past trauma in students

Classroom mindfulness can cause anxiety and stress in students who’ve experienced trauma, an expert has warned. Flinders University education academic Dr Leigh Burrows has advised that teachers who want to use the practice should learn their students’ backgrounds and not ...

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Plan to use data to match students to courses

For Andy Sheats, improving the student experience is tied to greater transparency in higher education. Recently announced as Open Universities Australia’s new executive general manager of student experience, Sheats wants to use data to help students make their study choices. ...

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