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Beautiful one day, scandalised the next

The UQ scandal displays the nuanced trade-off between ethics and transparency writes Bill De Maria. The mighty Brisbane River bear hugs the University of Queensland, showcasing the most picturesque campus setting in Australia. The tree-lined drives and the majestic old sandstone buildings ...

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Grim prospects push PhDs to quit academy

Research suggests that in the US  the PhD could symbolise the end and not the beginning of an academic career and for some in Australia this was becoming the case, a conference in Sydney has been told In a presentation ...

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Perkins goes to work for regional unis

Dr Caroline Perkins keeps a mental list of the “great initiatives” that help regional universities stay competitive with their metropolitan counterparts. On it are things like the Collaborative Research Networks program, the Structural Adjustment Fund, and regional loading.  So it’s little ...

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Systemic racism blemishes sector says Larkin

White centrism means Australia’s tertiary education system is failing to capitalise on the work of indigenous staff and is missing out on much of what they have to offer, Professor Steve Larkin told a conference in Sydney. Larkin, pro vice-chancellor ...

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What Gonksi means for higher ed

David Gonski and Denise Bradley need to talk. That might be the best way to sum up comments by university educators when asked for responses to Gonski’s landmark Review of Funding for Schooling. Released last week, the report contains the first ...

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Tertiary management awards launched

In universities and other tertiary education institutions across Australia academics and professional staff grapple with the complex demands of running what are in effect multi-million dollar corporations. For the past two decades  Campus Review  has been reporting, analyzing and carrying commentary ...

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Data linkage to assist policy making

Evidence-based policy implies a deep understanding of the world, which in turn requires data – lots of data. In education and training we need detailed information on young people; their family and community background, physical health, psycho-social development, as well ...

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Poor doesn’t mean expensive

A study casts doubt on the belief that students from disadvantaged backgrounds use up more resources at university. Recent research at La Trobe University’s Equity and Student Services Division questions whether the current costs of educating low socio-economic status (SES) students are higher than for their peers.  Over ...

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Sydney Uni to go ahead with job cuts

Staff at the University of Sydney are anxiously awaiting letters dictating their futures at the institution, after management announced its intentions to go ahead with job cuts on Friday evening. The university released its Formal Change Proposal late on Friday ...

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