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‘Restructure’ is not a dirty word

Keep an open mind; perhaps the best way for the majority of public universities to get over the hump is to let a few go to the wall. By Paul Oslington Something that cannot be spoken of in higher education ...

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Pyne can’t rule out leadership spill

The education minister, Christopher Pyne, said on Friday he can’t rule out a party room spill next week on Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s leadership. Pyne was responding to a Sky News report three ministers believe there will be a vote ...

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Uni funding cuts on negotiating table

University leaders have welcomed indications from Education Minister Christopher Pyne that he is open to negotiating the 20 per cent cut to university funding that remains entrenched in the revised version of the government’s higher education reform bill. While Pyne ...

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TEQSA defends accreditation of alternative medicine courses

The acting chief commissioner of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA), Nick Saunders, has defended its accreditation of complementary and alternative medicine courses following heavy criticism from senior medical academic figures. The president of the Friends of Society ...

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Technology the key to faster recovery

Education editor Antonia Maiolo spoke to Maayken Van den berg, a postdoctoral research fellow from Flinders University. Van den berg is involved in a world-first study, looking at whether technology such as iPad apps and interactive games can help older ...

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Stoush erupts over teaching course standards

University deans have accused the NSW education minister of “fouling his own nest” over criticisms of accredited teaching courses which he told News Limited media were potentially letting down students and schools. Discussing the findings of a yet to be ...

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Pyne vows reform fight isn’t over

The education minister, Christopher Pyne, has pledged to introduce a revised version of his government’s higher-education deregulation reforms to parliament after the Senate recently voted to reject the package announced as part of May’s federal Budget. Despite further amendments – including the ...

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VC Parker launches screed against reforms

University of Canberra VC professor Stephen Parker has launched a scathing attack against Universities Australia, his fellow university chiefs and the government itself as the Coalition’s controversial higher-education reforms face a fascinating week in the Senate. In an incendiary speech ...

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Fight to define higher education

University staff are coming together to contradict vice-chancellors on deregulation and push to make institutions what they should be. By Julie-Ann Robson The Abbott Government’s ideological push to deregulate universities, together with the spectacle of the Go8 vice-chancellors clambering after ...

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