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Sydney uni in Fair Work hearing

The University of Sydney faced Fair Work Australia on Friday, after the National Tertiary Education Union took it to the industrial relations tribunal over proposed mass redundancies. The case was deferred to today by adjudicator Senior Deputy President Lea Drake, ...

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Progress comes with some pain

With private providers in the firing line, ACPET chief executive Claire Field reflects on the council’s 20 years of leadership in the sector. As many Campus Review readers will know, this year marks the 20th anniversary of the Australian Council ...

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Conflict in the cloisters

Feedback to Campus Review suggests that universities have policies and procedures in place to manage workplace disputes but they are not able to resolve such disputes and as a result, there is discontent across faculties and divisions. My research suggests ...

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TEQSA may face constitutional dilemma

The tertiary regulator’s power to discipline universities might be undermined if a challenge to the Commonwealth’s authority is upheld in the High Court.  The outcomes of several cases currently before the High Court could challenge the legal viability of the ...

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Brand still the main attraction, says Marginson

Prestige will remain the primary driver of student movement in the new Australian demand-driven system, a higher education conference has heard. And that prestige will still be determined by a university’s research outcomes, rather than its teaching and learning quality. ...

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TEQSA risk judgement welcome

Providers have welcomed TEQSA’s newly released regulatory risk framework as a good faith attempt, but remain concerned about any increase in administrative burden and the accurate interpretation of risk information. The regulatory risk framework released last week, sets out 46 indicators ...

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Boundaries blur as academics take on other work

University general/professional staffs are sometimes presented as if they were part of the ‘problem’ rather than as people with key roles to play in universities, a conference in Sydney has heard. “One could be forgiven for thinking that universities only ...

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Beautiful one day, scandalised the next

The UQ scandal displays the nuanced trade-off between ethics and transparency writes Bill De Maria. The mighty Brisbane River bear hugs the University of Queensland, showcasing the most picturesque campus setting in Australia. The tree-lined drives and the majestic old sandstone buildings ...

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Grim prospects push PhDs to quit academy

Research suggests that in the US  the PhD could symbolise the end and not the beginning of an academic career and for some in Australia this was becoming the case, a conference in Sydney has been told In a presentation ...

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Perkins goes to work for regional unis

Dr Caroline Perkins keeps a mental list of the “great initiatives” that help regional universities stay competitive with their metropolitan counterparts. On it are things like the Collaborative Research Networks program, the Structural Adjustment Fund, and regional loading.  So it’s little ...

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