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New fellowship for senior indigenous researchers

Innovation minister Kim Carr last week announced the new fellowship for senior indigenous researchers would be available from next January, fulfilling a commitment he made last July. The fellowship will be available to indigenous Australian academics who obtained their PhDs ...

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Avondale experience get’s AUQA stamp of approval

In the early stages of major transformation, the 112-year-old Avondale College is a small institution with big ambitions. A recent visit by the Australian Universities Quality Agency found that the Christian college was grappling with structural change, including improving its ...

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Implement Bradley basics now – but not vouchers

The government should immediately implement the key Bradley review recommendations to increase funding for teaching, research and student income support, according to the peak university body. While more discussion is needed on fine policy detail, this shouldn’t prevent the government ...

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Tougher going for graduates in 2009 and beyond

Employment prospects for graduates are getting tougher as the economic crisis bites, with no improvement in the situation likely until well into 2010. Nearly 60 per cent of respondents to a Graduate Careers Australia (GCA) survey of 306 graduate employers ...

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Boulding’s law

“Thank you for the opportunity to meet with you on 27 January to discuss the government’s response to the Bradley review. Universities Australia remains strongly supportive of the review and the overall direction of its recommendations,” UA’s chair Professor Richard ...

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National news briefs

EIF to provide economic stimulus The second round of the Education Investment Fund opened last week, with barely a fortnight allowed for eligible higher education and VET providers and research institutions to submit applications, which are due by 2 March. ...

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Language of ability

It’s never been just an English score, say John Wood and Maria Fiocco. In the past few weeks, there has been extensive discussion around English- language abilities and graduates' preparedness for employment. In this context, there has been a focus ...

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Future demand

The growth required to meet the Bradley review’s 40 per cent target: a comment on the Birrell-Edward paper by Conor King. The Bob Birrell and Daniel Edwards study of future growth in higher education (CR, 17.02.09) and its capacity to ...

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Making international students safe

At Victoria University, Indian students are working closely with the police on safety issues, writes Andrew Holloway. Theft and violent attacks upon students from South Asia are on the increase, particularly in Melbourne’s western suburbs, but the response to these ...

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