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Vertical drinking

Vertical drinking is a term that’s come into use recently in Britain and Australia to refer to the practice of drinking standing up in a crowded public bar. It’s usually associated with binge drinking, as it inevitably involves consumption of ...

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Coaldrake next chair of UA

Professor Peter Coaldrake, the vice-chancellor of Queensland University of Technology, is the chair-elect of Universities Australia for 2009-2011. Coaldrake has held the position of UA’s deputy chair during 2008, and will assume the responsibilities of chair for a two-year period ...

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VET market reform off the boil

Market reforms to the vocational education and training system have been put on the backburner following last week’s meeting of the Ministerial Council for Vocational and Technical Education (MCVTE). And in yet another sign of an impending marriage of higher ...

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Høj honoured in Denmark

UniSA vice-chancellor Professor Peter Høj has been made an honorary doctor in the Faculty of Life Sciences at the University of Copenhagen in honour of his research career in plant biochemistry. The award was recommended by the university’s Department of ...

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Australia: the lightweight heavy-hitter

The US has recovered from a post-9/11 lull in its international higher education industry, but pound for pound, Australia still punches way harder than its international education competitors. A report released last week by the Institute of International Education (IIE) ...

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UNSW appoints ED finance

UNSW has announced the appointment of Jonathan Blakeman to the newly created position of executive director, finance and operations. He is currently director of administration at the University of Auckland, a position he has held since 1999, and was previously ...

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Westie chick finds pulse, opens medical school

When second-year University of Western Sydney medical student Kyle Sheldrick took the blood pressure of the acting Prime Minister and minister for just about everything and pronounced the result “right on the money”, Julia Gillard looked relieved. “I’m just pleased ...

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Whiteford appointed to Macquarie

Macquarie University has appointed Professor Gail Whiteford to the newly created position of pro vice-chancellor (social inclusion). Whiteford joins Macquarie from Charles Sturt University where, as well as being professor and chair of occupational therapy, she has held various roles ...

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Female-led renaissance at Deakin

Dr Maree Gladwin changed jobs earlier this year. After nine years in a senior role in equity and diversity at the University of Melbourne, she switched to another senior position developing mid-career researchers at Deakin University. No big deal. What ...

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Fulbright Commission appoints new ED

The Australian-American Fulbright Commission Board last week announced the appointment of Dr Joe Hlubucek as the new executive director for the Australian-American Fulbright Commission. Hlubucek was posted to the Australian Consulate-General in San Francisco in 1995-98 and to the Australian ...

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