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Assigned for the times

The world’s healthcare needs change pretty quickly. Nursing schools must adapt to help their students keep up. By Dallas Bastian. Preparing current and future nursing professionals for work in a rapidly changing sector means paying attention to shifting industry needs ...

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Nursing still seen as women’s work

Universities and healthcare industry battle stereotypes in efforts to recruit men. By Antonia Maiolo. Gender stereotyping is a key deterrent keeping males from choosing to study nursing, researchers say. Edith Cowan University clinical and international nursing co-ordinator Tania Beament says ...

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10 steps to support doctoral candidates better

A veteran facilitator of doctoral education offers her top 10 tips for better PhD supervision. By Tara Brabazon. The quality of doctoral theses is a pressure point in higher education. Cue nostalgic soundtrack. Doctorates are not what they used to ...

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A plea for human geography

Peter Curson is the emeritus professor of human geography at Macquarie University and professor of population and security at the University of Sydney. We spoke to him about why he believes his discipline is more relevant and useful than ever. ...

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The case for HASS

As universities cut their budgets for the humanities, professors in the field are studying the value of these fields of study. By Antonia Maiolo. Continued reductions in funding could harm the future of humanities, arts and social science disciplines, a ...

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The Cinderella of nursing care

The number of Australians with mental health problems is enormous, but as a specialty area of nursing it has tended to be neglected – a situation that universities are being urged to address in their training of nursing students. By ...

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The early word

A new study finds a connection between long-term success and researchers who publish often while their careers are still young. A new study suggests that early publication success is crucial for aspiring young scientists and that one way to determine ...

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Make teacher quality a main priority

Universities that perform better in research do not necessarily provide better teaching, a new report by the Grattan Institute argues.   The report, taking university teaching seriously, says that as higher education enrolments increase, much more attention needs to be ...

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Can students get the complete package?

  Qualification completion rates vary widely by education sectors and industries. So how do we support these students? By Susan Hartigan Many educators measure the success of their offered qualifications by their rate of course completion. Qualification completion is an important ...

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Female students drawn to UNSW engineering

Men still dominate in the field of engineering, with women making up only 15.8 per cent of enrolments in engineering courses at Australian universities in 2010, says the latest Engineers Australia report. However, there are signs that more women are ...

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