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Judge gives $1m to JCU

Former Queensland Supreme Court judge Kerry Cullinane QC has donated $1 million to James Cook University, one of the largest personal donations it has received. The money will be spent providing scholarships and bursaries for disadvantaged students and provide some ...

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Funds for distance learning and TAFE

Christmas presents in the form of a federal government spend of $377 million under the Structural Adjustment Fund came just in time for universities across the country. Prime Minister Julia Gillard said the money would fund 11 new projects in ...

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Sydney uni staff angry over job cuts

Staff angry at proposed job cuts at the University of Sydney began to dig in last week, with union members protesting outside a meeting of the university senate, and a group of senior academics firing off an open letter to ...

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Cautious response to funding changes

Reactions have been mixed to the announcement that reward funding would be restructured and a discount on HECS fees for maths and science subjects removed in the federal government’s mid-year economic and fiscal outlook. Maths, statistics and science units will attract ...

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VU joins Sydney in announcing job cuts

Victoria University is the latest institution to confirm job cuts, with administrative positions to be reduced over the next three months, while Macquarie and Sydney universities continue to negotiate with union members. Victoria vice-chancellor Peter Dawkins said in a statement that ...

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Crisis of confidence in universities

Universities are wonderful places to be employed and to do really worthwhile work, whether directly in educating students, or doing research and engagement. Why then does research conducted by universities, by the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) and by independent investigators, ...

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Job losses loom at more unis

The University of Sydney is not the only institution announcing redundancies and budget cuts. Victoria University, La Trobe, Macquarie and the University of NSW have all announced or are expected to announce cuts. Greens education spokeswoman Senator Lee Rhiannon said the ...

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Technology spending set to rise

Increasingly tight budgets mean that spending on technology will be constrained in the education sector over the next 12 months according to leading IT analyst Gartner. But from 2013-2015 the organisation expects a significant uptick, particularly spending on telecommunications and ...

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Sydney University confirms job losses

Staff at the University of Sydney have been warned to brace for budget cuts – including redundancies for “non-performing academics” – vice-chancellor Michael Spence has announced in a video statement. Despite a “good year on many fronts” the university needed ...

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