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England forges ahead with uni commercialisation

Amid the global, pre-Royal Wedding fervour, the English government made significant higher education reforms. First, on 1 January this year, it founded the Office for Students (OfS): a new university watchdog. Then, in mid-February, it announced the "biggest shake-up to higher ...

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Unis discreetly collaborating with Facebook

Some 30 American universities have partnered with Facebook, yet most are keeping schtum on the details. By consulting with Facebook, Washington, D.C.-based publication Inside Higher Ed uncovered that the institutions have signed up to its Sponsored Academic Research Agreement. Beginning in late 2016, 17 institutions joined ...

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Student researchers demand payment for work

New statistics show the most research-intensive group is postgraduate research students. So, they want to be paid for it. According to ABS figures released last week, 57 per cent of hours spent on research in Australia are performed by postgraduate students. ...

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Student experiences patchy: QILT

It's mostly a higher education good news story: providers, for the fourth consecutively year, scored highly in the national Student Experience Survey. Administered by ANU's Social Research Centre on behalf of the government and published via the Quality Indicators for Learning ...

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Unis and schools becoming more lethal: report

Learning isn't typically associated with danger, but that connection is increasingly palpable. Over the last five years, there have been over 12,700 attacks harming more than 21,000 students and educators. These statistics, courtesy of the Global Coalition to Protect Education from ...

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UniMelb researchers rank our unis 10th in world

Australia has once more scraped into the top fifth of a global ranking. Universitas 21 – a global network of 26 tertiary institutions founded by the University of Melbourne – has placed Australia 10th out of 50 universities. The researchers, from UniMelb's Melbourne Institute ...

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