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Overseas HECS debt recovery ‘long overdue’: UA

Universities Australia has thrown its support behind the federal government’s recently announced push to recover HECS debt from graduates who relocate overseas, describing the initiative as “long overdue”. In a statement issued last week, UA chief executive Belinda Robinson said ...

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USYD sets up taskforce to tackle student cheating

The University of Sydney has announced it will set up a taskforce to investigate academic misconduct following revelations of new methods of cheating, including students using essay writing services. In an exclusive interview, we spoke to the University’s Vice-Chancellor Dr ...

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Glover urges Go8 to remain at the table

The decision by the Group of Eight to announce it would no longer support discussions on the higher education reform agenda is disappointing, says University of Western Sydney Vice-Chancellor, professor Barney Glover. Glover’s comments were made in response to the ...

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McComb continues the call for change in HE

The process of reform must continue for the sake of all Australian students, the Council of Private Higher Education chief said. In commenting on the federal Government’s continued pursuit of higher education reforms COPHE CEO Adrian McComb said reform is ...

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Spence: We need a solution

Commenting on the decision by Parliament to reject a second higher education reform package, Michael Spence, vice-chancellor at the University of Sydney, said Australia needs to find a solution to chronic underfunding for the system. “As somebody who’s been supporting these reforms, ...

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Deregulation failure called a chance for real debate

University leaders are welcoming the opportunity for a genuine conversation about the future of funding in the sector, despite many expressing disappointment at the Coalition’s repeated failure to pass its deregulation reforms. Following the latest Senate vote, Universities Australia chief executive Belinda ...

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Harry Rolf on postgrad students and reform

In an exclusive interview, education editor Antonia Maiolo spoke to Harry Rolf, president of the Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations, who joined a panel at the recent Universities Australia conference to discuss higher education reforms and what they could mean for ...

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Govt backs down on research funding threat

The federal government has offered to split its higher-education reform bill in a move that would see the proposed 20 per cent cut in funding for the Commonwealth Grants Scheme deferred for future debate while funding of the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure ...

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