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For students, orderliness is next to success

If cleanliness is next to godliness, according to a new study, additionally, orderliness is next to academic success. Taking showers and eating meals at standard intervals could enhance your GPA, the Journal of the Royal Society Interface research suggests. Though the results ...

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Should there be gender quotas in universities?

Following allegations of sexism in Australian politics, the gender quota debate has reemerged. Liberal MP Julia Banks, in announcing her intended resignation from parliament following the most recent leadership spill, stated the following: “…I’m not done. I am not giving ...

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Kurdish refugee wins Fields Medal

Kurdistan is normally in the news for negative, war-related reasons. Not this time. A Kurdish refugee has been award the ‘Nobel prize of mathematics’: a Fields Medal. Caucher Birkar was granted asylum in the UK after obtaining an undergraduate degree in Iran. ...

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Ten years post-GFC, grads still struggling: Grattan report

Don’t get entranced by dazzling headlines: overall, Australian university graduates are still limping towards meaningful employment. “New graduates are still less likely to get a full-time job than a decade ago…” a new Grattan report provides. Mapping Australian higher education ...

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At an OECD glance, we’re an education mélange

The title of the ‘Australia’ section of the OECD’s latest annual, education-centric report could be ‘nevertheless’. This is because most negatives seemed to be counterbalanced with positives. For example, Education at a Glance 2018 revealed that while our university fees are relatively high, ...

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Top journal suspends submissions after influx

What’s the opposite of a predatory journal? A dismissive one? The Review of Higher Education (RHE) falls into the latter category. The top-in-field journal, published by Johns Hopkins University Press, recently suspended submissions after reporting a more than two-year backlog. While that’s newsworthy ...

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ACU first Aussie uni to go hard on soft drinks

ACU has included a ‘no added sugar’ policy in its rule book, becoming the first Australian university to do so. After analysing vending machine offerings across its campuses and discovering that over half of beverages contained extra sweet stuff, they removed soft drinks, ...

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