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Researchers feel chill winds

Universities fear any funding freeze will cost up to 1700 jobs and send valuable projects overseas Recent reports suggesting the federal government may be about to freeze grants on research are a cause for grave concern, says Professor Jill Trewhella ...

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Budding accountants get a Big Break

A competition is helping students to gain an insight into the business world and make a difference for a good cause.  CPA Australia, one of the world’s largest accounting bodies, has challenged undergraduates to put their business skills to the ...

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TAFE trauma: Baillieu govt $300M funding cut

The Victorian TAFE Association, the National Tertiary Education Union and community groups are fighting hard to get the Victorian government to reverse its decision to cut up to $300 million from the TAFE budget. While the Victorian government has set ...

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Accreditation delays hold up innovation

The slow regulatory process by TEQSA and ASQA has put private providers at a disadvantage compared with public institutions. By. There is considerable dialogue at present around the impact of the new regulatory regimes in higher education and vocational education ...

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Disciplines doing more with standards

The review of learning and teaching has been a great opportunity for higher education but support is needed for it to continue. As a result of the ALTC’s Learning and Teaching Standards project (LTAS), disciplines across Australia have available to ...

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Room for improvement in management

Respondents to an ATEM study have called for a “good practice” site to be used for the development of leadership in higher education. By Geoff Scott and Linda McKellar. In 2010, the Association for Tertiary Education Management (ATEM) proposed a ...

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Macquarie stonewalls on staff review

The National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) is planning to take Macquarie University to the Administrative Decisions Tribunal next week over its refusal to release a final report into a review of its support staff services. Both the NTEU and the ...

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ANU council endorses music school cuts

The future of the Australian National University’s music school is now being decided, with submissions on plans to cut staff and restructure the degree program closing last Friday. The National Tertiary Education Union has expressed disappointment at the university council’s ...

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The job of upholding standards

Associate deans and other faculty leaders are important in the disciplined approach to implementing and assessing academic programs. By Jonathan Holmes and Mark Freeman. No one would seriously argue that disciplines shouldn’t be the main driver of learning standards used ...

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