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Women right on target

The government’s ambitious higher education completion targets have already been achieved for women, but are being hampered by men who underperform on most higher education measures when compared to their female counterparts. For the past five years, just 28 per ...

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UWA case highlights researchers’ rights

Universities may need to negotiate case-by-case agreements with individual researchers if they hope to benefit from the inventions developed during the course of their employment, following a decision in the Federal Court. Most universities are now seeking legal advice as ...

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Fellowships look to the future

Dr Sharon Friel, an international expert on food poverty from ANU, was one of 200 mid-career researchers who received a Future Fellowship grant last week from the Australian Research Council. It was worth about $740,000 over four years. “When I ...

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UWA poet to chair literature boardr for the Northern Territory. School principal goes to UNSW The former principal of Sydney Girls’ High School, Dr Margaret Varady, has taken a position at UNSW. Varady has been appointed coordinator of the new ...

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Publish, plagiarise or perish

Having been confronted with a case of academic plagiarism, Christina Slade ponders the pressure to publish at all costs. Last weekend, we visited Down House, in Kent where Charles Darwin lived with his young family. 2009 is the bicentenary of ...

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International briefs

Obama targets soaring drop-out rates The US Congress has proposed a $A3 billion college access and completion fund to rectify worsening completion rates. Between 2000 and 2008, 30 per cent of students left in their first year and as many ...

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Harvard makes a DASH for open access

The wisdom of some of the world’s best researchers is now freely available following another step toward open access by Harvard University. Last week, the university launched its digital access to scholarship at Harvard (DASH) – a university-wide, open-access repository ...

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Research, invention and the ownership of IP

A recent decision regarding ownership of IP by academic staff has some serious ramifications for universities, write Lynne Peach and Kylie Diwell. If universities want to ensure that they own inventions developed by academic staff in the course of their ...

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Heads in the clouds

<<<Universities are in for a rocky time as the age of digital technology heads into its second phase, writes Beverley Head.>>> Higher education institutions in the digital age are like frogs in a pot – and it’s getting uncomfortably warm. ...

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