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Taking dentists to the people

Major cities often have more dentists than they need. Meanwhile, a paucity of oral health professionals in rural and remote areas is damaging country people’s health and prosperity. But universities are working hard to achieve a better balance. “The big ...

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Two claim teacher of the year award

Two university teachers whose “outstanding teaching qualities” made it impossible to separate them have been recognised as joint winners of the Prime Minister’s University Teaching Award in 2008. Associate Professor Marnie Hughes-Warrington, from the modern history at Macquarie University, and ...

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VET HR needs to catch up

A great deal is being asked of Australia’s ageing and highly casualised VET workforce. Not only are they expected to deliver a substantial part of the Rudd Government’s “education revolution” – not least the massive Productivity Places Program – but ...

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Supervision changes with the times

The understanding of what postgraduate supervision involves has moved beyond describing the qualities of a good supervisor to conceptualising and theorising the nature of their work. In 2007, Professor Chris Halse, director of the Centre for Educational Research at UWS ...

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Westie chick finds pulse, opens medical school

When second-year University of Western Sydney medical student Kyle Sheldrick took the blood pressure of the acting Prime Minister and minister for just about everything and pronounced the result “right on the money”, Julia Gillard looked relieved. “I’m just pleased ...

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OECD slams Australia’s VET system

An OECD team that visited Australia earlier this year to benchmark Australian VET against international standards has reported – and is highly critical of many aspects of this country’s VET system. While the review team says “Australia has a very ...

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Re-imagining the law graduate

The number of law schools has doubled to more than 30 since 1990, while full-time equivalent law student commencements have nearly doubled since 2000. Commencements in qualifications other than bachelor degrees have more than tripled over this period. Against this ...

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A business case for corporate responsibility

Corporate social responsibility and ethics are under the spotlight again, and business schools are helping with the re-examination of practices. Jeremy Gilling reports. The corporate social responsibility message has been out there for quite a while, but it may have ...

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Most early school leavers achieve positive outcomes

Contrary to popular wisdom, new research has revealed a surprisingly high proportion of early school leavers achieve positive learning and labour market outcomes. Furthermore, many of the groups most likely to leave school early have made considerable progress in recent ...

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A trifecta of alarms

The shift away from maths starts in high school where, if they enrol at all, it is in the easier subjects. Jeremy Gilling reports.   Stagnating university commencements in maths and statistics in recent years, particularly at bachelor level, and ...

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