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Accolade for UniSA’s collaborative approach

The University of South Australia has been recognised for its approach to working with business to research real problems and find workable solutions. The inaugural Ashley Goldsworthy Award for sustained collaboration between business and higher education was presented to the ...

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Wanting

It is 1839 and a young Aboriginal girl, Mathinna, is running through long wet grass on an island at the end of the world to get help for her dying father. Twenty years later, on an island at the centre ...

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UQ academic named Young Water Professional

Dr Sandra Hall from UQ’s Advanced Water Management Centre has been named the inaugural Queensland Young Water Professional of the Year. The award was presented by the Australian Water Association. An expert on the microbiology of wastewater treatment, Hall completed ...

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Agrestic

This rather obscure word is in the spotlight with the Times Online campaign last September to save “endangered words”, ie, those due to be zapped from the next edition of the Collins Dictionary. Agrestic has never had a great following ...

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Wanted: future QCs to teach at Strugglestreet High

Non-education graduates will receive fast-tracked teaching qualifications under a new federally funded scheme to entice top graduates back into schools by recruiting high-flying university students whose career plans involve courts, clinics and corporate HQs – not classrooms. Education minister Julia ...

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Look within and then collaborate

Australian universities need to look within for agents of change. But they also need to externalise their view of the world by benchmarking different aspects of their operations from outside higher education. In a plenary session of an Australian Learning ...

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Two claim teacher of the year award

Two university teachers whose “outstanding teaching qualities” made it impossible to separate them have been recognised as joint winners of the Prime Minister’s University Teaching Award in 2008. Associate Professor Marnie Hughes-Warrington, from the modern history at Macquarie University, and ...

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Australia flies high, but is it credible?

Australian universities might fly high in the eyes of US citizens, but a move by the influential US News & World Report to adopt the THE/QS global rankings could ultimately draw attention to the questionable methodologies used to rank them. ...

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Fair Work bill significance disputed

The Fair Work Bill, introduced into parliament last week by workplace relations minister Julia Gillard, might change universities’ tactics when they square off against the unions. But it won’t overhaul the game, according to the Australian Higher Education Industry Association ...

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