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Uni fee discounts for upfront pay on chopping block

University students would no longer get a 10 per cent discount if they pre-pay their course fees under a new government proposal. A measure abolishing the discount is contained in a bill introduced to Parliament yesterday. Under existing arrangements, as explained by the government's ...

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Public funds for Torrens pass over Greens’ objections

Torrens University Australia shouldn’t receive public funding, the Greens have argued. In legislation recently passed through Parliament , Torrens University Australia has been listed as a Table B provider – meaning it’s eligible for public research funding. The Greens attempted to ...

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Government’s one-stop IP shop now online

The federal government has launched a match-making website where companies can search all the intellectual property patents Australia’s universities and public research bodies hold. The assistant minister for innovation, Wyatt Roy, launched Source IP in late November. It was developed ...

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RUN welcomes expansion of Youth Allowance

Changes to the Youth Allowance will get more people into country universities, the Regional Universities Network has said. Ushered through Parliament last week, these changes mean all dependent children will be taken into consideration for Youth Allowance eligibility. Previously, some ...

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ARC explains research funding isn’t gender based

The Australian Research Council has reiterated that its grants aren’t based on gender. Next year, the ARC plans to implement a range of measures to close research’s gender gap. This includes improving gender balance on grant selection committees, investigating options ...

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Opinion: Higher-ed disruption handing control to consumers

Digital disruption hits traditional universities hard but good changes should outweigh bad. By Michael Hewitt-Gleeson At an accelerating rate, digital disruption has been undermining many of our traditional institutions and industries, such as banking and finance, music, transport, broadcasting, science ...

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Brain pioneer worries about future of research

A pioneer in neuroscience credited with the critical discovery of brain stem cells 23 years ago fears a scarcity of funding could affect future breakthroughs. Professor Perry Bartlett, the founding director of the Queensland Brain Institute, lamented the fact that ...

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Freeze VET funding to ‘risky’ providers: TDA

TAFE Directors Australia has called on the government to urgently freeze funding to "high risk" vocational training providers and ban others amid the ongoing controversy surrounding the VET FEE-HELP scheme. In a statement issued on Monday morning, TDA chief executive Martin ...

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