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A tale of two unis

  One city, two universities. Both are set to embark on redundancy programs, which will shed around 200 academic and general positions. One is being pilloried in the press and hammered by the union; the other is gliding through relatively ...

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Australia’s education globally competitive

Australia’s education system ranks ninth in the world according to the Global Competitiveness Report 2008-2009, released earlier this month by the World Economic Forum. The report found Australia’s education system was well suited to meet the needs of a competitive ...

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225 staff to go at VU

A total of 225 staff will be made redundant at Victoria University over the next six months in what has been described as “the largest proportionate redundancy program in Australian higher education history”. Savings of $27 million will be made ...

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Bootcamp for humanists

Toby Miller spent two weeks retooling with the great and the good of critical theory. It was a blissful experience.   I’ve just emerged from the northern summer seminar in experimental critical theory, described as a boot camp for humanists ...

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What’s up, doc?

In 2005, Professor Terry Evans stood up in front of a room full of professional doctorate students from Deakin University and delivered a presentation titled: ‘Why do a prof doc when you can do a PhD?’ It wasn’t tongue in ...

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The art of writing: why PhDs need help

Efforts to improve the quality and rate of academic writing by doctoral students are “sporadic and ad hoc”. Furthermore, low publication rates have implications not only for individual careers but more broadly as universities are increasingly held accountable for the ...

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Doctoral education put through the policy wringer

Pressures on doctoral programs from economic and public policy directions have seen substantial changes in recent years, for both better and worse. Jeremy Gilling reports.   A contradiction is emerging between new research imperatives that drive an innovative economy and ...

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Minds for the future

We need to develop and nurture a new way of understanding generic competencies, says Larry Smith.   It is now more than 15 years ago that I participated in a national committee, chaired by Eric Mayer, to develop a set ...

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