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Birdy McBirdface unfurled as CQU’s new mascot

CQUniversity’s new sporting mascot has been christened Birdy McBirdface, perhaps leaving the university’s VC slightly red-faced. The mascot, an intense-looking pale-headed rosella, was given his cheeky name – a reference to the infamous Boaty McBoatface – following a crowd-sourced naming competition. Birdy was ...

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TAFE warns government: ‘Don’t fund uni diplomas’

Following a brief budget uplift, it’s been a tumultuous time for the vocational education sector. TAFE enrolment numbers have plummeted in NSW and Victoria, causing TAFE NSW to announce plans to self-accredit. To make matters worse, the government’s National Innovation and ...

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Open Universities becomes more accessible to postgrads

Open Universities Australia, which offers online education, is broadening its offerings. In a self-styled Australian first, 118 postgraduate standalone units – or subjects – can now be completed. The higher education provider – an alliance between Monash, Curtin, Griffith, Macquarie, RMIT, ...

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VU gives tradies a leg up

Tradies will no longer have to down tools to enter university. Victoria University has partnered with Builders Academy Australia (BAA), the training division of Simonds Group, to offer BAA graduates pathways to degrees. From this year, such graduates will receive ...

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Academics cautiously welcome revised US travel ban

Although a US travel ban affecting citizens of six Muslim-majority nations has been partially reinstated, academics, who’ve been exempted, are relieved. This week, the US Supreme Court, in the process of granting a hearing date for the ban, lifted it ...

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USYD research project suspended for questionable ethics

The University of Sydney’s Human Research Ethics Committee has suspended two academics’ research project for their use of pseudonyms in analysing participants. International relations associate professors Benjamin Goldsmith and Megan Mackenzie’s project, An Open Door? Experimental Measurement of Potential Bias in Informal Pathways ...

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