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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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Measurement tools outdated

Regional universities, with a very different mix of students, will be at a disadvantage when compared with metropolitan institutions writes Bill MacGillivray In December the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) released a set of discussion papers on ...

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Curtin defends rural medicine stance

Curtin University has rejected suggestions that its planned medical school will increase pressure on clinical placements and fail to deliver more rural and regional doctors. Professor Jill Downie, pro-vice chancellor of health sciences at Curtin, said that claims by the Australian ...

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Casual staff and academic freedom

The growing use of contract and casual staff in higher education globally raises public interest issues, and a crucial one is academic freedom, says an international education expert. David Robinson, the associate executive director of the Canadian Association of University Teachers ...

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Melbourne lifestyle wins but at a price

It might be one of the best cities in the world to be a student, according to international rankings by Quacquarelli Symonds, but Melbourne is not all it’s cracked up to be say some residents. Melbourne was beaten only by Paris, ...

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Deliver quality, or don’t take the money

A leading private provider talks about his concern about funds flowing to inappropriate providers In recent months Skills Victoria’s experimentation with market-based VET funding has been questioned in this column by tertiary education minister, Chris Evans, the National Party Minister ...

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TEQSA assumes full powers

The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) can now bring its full powers to bear on the sector, but its chief commissioner says wielding a big stick is not the goal. TEQSA assumed its full regulatory functions on January ...

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