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USYD calls out bullshit

The 2016 Oxford Dictionary’s Word of the Year is getting a work out. ‘Post-truth’ is the subject of a new USYD research project. Simply named the Post-Truth Initiative, it pools together researchers from fields as diverse as physics, philosophy, data ...

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IT isn’t the most in-demand job: report

Contrary to popular thought, it’s construction, not coding, that’s most in-demand by employers. The 2017 Soft Skills in Demand Report, released last week, revealed this surprising fact.  Report issuer JobGetter analysed 168,000 job ads across 54 industries before reaching this ...

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Monash’s carbon-free pledge questioned

With much fanfare, Monash recently announced it’s going clean. The Group of Eight member vowed that by 2030, all its energy will be derived from renewable sources. Additionally, it has committed to being carbon neutral by this date. This means that ...

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Meet Australia’s highest-cited scholar

Professor Herb W. Marsh is in good company. The educational psychologist from ACU has joined Sigmund Freud, Michel Foucault and Noam Chomsky as one of the most-cited researchers in the world. According to a Spanish agency funded by the European ...

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Professor toughens up trainee teachers

Caroline Mansfield is teaching teachers resilience on a global scale. The Murdoch University Associate Professor’s program, the sunnily-named Building Resilience in Teacher Education (BRITE), has 5,000 users and counting. Resilience – the capacity to quickly bounce back after setbacks – sounds ...

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Universities expecting disruption by 2030

Navitas Ventures – the innovation arm of global higher education provider Navitas – has been pondering digital transformation in higher education. After realising universities, students and edtech venture founders were too, it solicited their views on the matter. “We wanted to ...

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UON revamps arts faculty to produce more employable grads

As the coastal NSW city of Newcastle reinvents itself – from manufacturing heavyweight to knowledge hub – the University of Newcastle is changing too. The notable young university is dusting off its School of Humanities and Social Sciences. “…We really need to make ourselves much ...

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