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NTEU backs Greens in federal election

  The National Tertiary Education Union will stump up $1 million to back the Greens in the next election. By Antonia Maiolo The union supporting university staff and academics will put up $1 million of its members’ money to back ...

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Where are the higher education policies?

The lack of tertiary education policy announcements from the major parties as campaigning gathers pace is hardly new. But the Opposition’s support of what Labor has already done is unusual. By Fran Molloy As September’s federal election draws near, it’s ...

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Sector policy in Australia: Skill shock

  There is a serious policy vacuum on skills funding. By Martin Riordan The rush by Canberra to raid previously sacrosanct university funding, and states leaping to raise TAFE and vocational education fees or withdraw group training funds amid the ...

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Easing the burden

  Labor’s independent review of university red tape will streamline regulatory requirements. By Antonia Maiolo Tertiary education minister Craig Emerson and minister for higher education Sharon Bird have announced a planned review that will potentially ease the burden of increased reporting ...

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Students to feel the squeeze

  The scrapping of Student Start-up Scholarships for new students from 2014 will inevitably see university students sacrificing study time for more paid work. According to Roger Deutscher, manager of student housing and financial aid at the University of Melbourne, ...

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Gippsland-Ballarat regional uni to proceed

Despite the uncertainty of the times and changes to government funding, the planned joint venture of Monash University and the University of Ballarat will go ahead. Monash vice-chancellor Ed Byrne said, “The impact of the government's announcement is not yet ...

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The Science of Compliance

One of the risks of running an educational institution is keeping compliant with government regulations. Every six months, I hear of another college hit with a non-compliance transgression for failing to check their students’ visa status or some other compliance-related ...

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Labor slashes university funding

The Gillard government’s planned funding boost for schools will be at the expense of universities, with the announcement that it will strip an additional $2.3 billion from the tertiary sector. Wayne Swan and higher education minister Craig Emerson announced over ...

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Donning the business hat


Universities are billion-dollar enterprises today, so the leaders need training in financial practice or an understanding of it. Phil Dolan may just be the role model for the academic of the future. The professor, who is dean of the University ...

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