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Professors not immune from ‘hotness’ bias

Are students sexist against female lecturers? New York University researchers Pascal Wallisch, a clinical assistant professor of psychology and Julie Cachia, an adjunct instructor in advanced psychological statistics sought to analyse this claim, made by various academics, who based them on ...

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Funding cuts force uni student caps: Labor

Federal Labor is warning that universities are capping the number of students they can accept because of pressure from funding cuts. Deputy opposition leader and education spokeswoman Tanya Plibersek said next month’s federal budget is make-or-break and the government should ...

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Skull and Bones warns of impostor pranks

Skull and Bones, the secret society at Yale University, is warning of an impostor who has called some students purporting to recruit them and then asking them to complete a humiliating challenge. The campus society has figured prominently in books, ...

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Nearly 80 genes linked to depression

Scientists have pinpointed nearly 80 genes which they believe could help explain why some people are more susceptible to depression. A team of experts led by the University of Edinburgh analysed the genetic codes of 300,000 people to identify areas ...

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Foreign student arrivals grow even more

Australia’s international student intake has already hit more than half a million for the year, new federal government figures show. By February there were 509,610 foreign students in the country, taking up enrolments in more than 540,000 courses. Education Minister ...

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How confusion can aid learning

“I think a lot of people just assume confusion is absolutely a bad thing as a part of a learning process.” “Huh?,” one might reply to Associate Professor at the University of Queensland, Jason Lodge. Along with his colleagues at his ...

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Professor tackles rural education inequity

“Most importantly this report highlights there is no silver bullet…,” Education Minister Simon Birmingham declared. By this, he meant there is no magic fix-all to the metropolitan/rural education standards gap, as proven by Emeritus Professor Dr John Halsey’s newly-published report ...

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