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BUDGET: Research cuts and uncertainty for higher education

Universities have expressed dismay at ongoing uncertainty over much-needed reforms to higher education and cuts to research programs following yesterday's announcement of the federal Budget. Universities Australia noted the “lack of progress through the Parliament of the Government’s Higher Education Research and Reform Amendment ...

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BUDGET: Cuts pay for research infrastructure

The federal government will pay for research infrastructure by taking $150 million from grants to other academic endeavours. Last year, the government gave the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy a year's extra funding, tying the $150 million price tag to ...

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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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