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Pyne’s penalty plan won’t work

Christopher Pyne’s plan to impose fines on universities that overcharge for degrees won’t work and will hit students the hardest, Greens higher education spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said. “It’s a bad policy that would mean that the universities pass those ...

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Website tells which unis are LGBTI-friendly

Prospective students can now check out how gay-friendly a university is with the launch of the first ever Australian LGBTI University Guide. Produced by the NSW Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby (GLRL) and the Star Observer, the guide rates universities ...

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Universities Australia names new chief

University of Western Sydney vice-chancellor professor Barney Glover has been announced as the next chair of peak group Universities Australia. Glover will take over from professor Sandra Harding, who will step down from the role on May 19. Glover has a background and ...

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Sounding off on reform – again

Calls to scrap the Coalition’s higher education reforms and start afresh have been met with warnings that to do so would jeopardise Australia’s leading global position in higher education in submissions to the latest Senate inquiry into the government’s proposed ...

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UA welcomes tougher standards for teaching graduates

The peak body representing Australia’s universities has backed proposals outlined in the teacher training report released last week which calls for an overhaul of the system. Universities Australia’s director of strategic communications, Louise Dodson, said the recommendations “provide a nationally ...

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Parker: Tax reform one alternative to deregulation

Taxpayers, rather than students alone, would be asked to foot the cost of maintaining Australia’s higher-education system under one alternative approach to the government’s proposed deregulated fee system. The proposal was one of many discussed last week at a round table University ...

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