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UoW donor calls gifts path to immortality

The donor of a $1.3 million grant to the University of Wollongong argues funding education is the single best investment one can make for future generations and useful in ensuring “a bit of immortality”. Emeritus professor Ken McKinnon, former UoW ...

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Panel to look into uni entrance standards

The federal government is directing the Higher Education Standards Panel to examine university entrance requirements to improve transparency. This follows long-running commentary about ATAR and recent comments from professor Ian Jacobs, University of New South Wales vice-chancellor, calling for the system ...

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USYD’s Nadim tears into federal deradicalisation plan

A University of Sydney expert has launched a scathing attack on a federal government schools deradicalisation program that seeks to follow New South Wales’ example. In a joint announcement, federal education minister Simon Birmingham and federal justice minister Michael Keenan, explained this ...

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‘Bionic spinal cord’ heads for human trials

A device implanted in a brain blood vessel may one day enable people with spinal cord injuries to walk again, University of Melbourne researchers have announced. Limbs wouldn’t be reactivated, but the person’s direct thought might be able to control equipment ...

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ATAR’s value low in uncapped system: Vann

ATAR cut-offs are not useful measurements of student potential in the demand-driven system, the vice-chancellor of Charles Sturt University has argued. ATAR has been the subject of media scrutiny since it was revealed some universities were admitting students 40 points ...

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AHEIA argues workforce models need more flexibility

University workforces must move away from the traditional 40/40/20 workforce model and embrace flexibility, the sector’s employer association has argued. The 40/40/20 model typically allocates 40 per cent of academic staff’s workload to research, 40 per cent to teaching and 20 ...

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Teaching degrees are uni cash cows: Dinham

Teaching degrees are used by universities as a cash cow and this can partially explain startling teacher attrition rates, an expert has said. Recent research from the Australian National University shows 30 to 50 per cent of teachers quit the ...

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Government calls TAFE takeover plan nothing new

The federal government has labelled a furore over a leaked Council of Australian Governments paper on a possible federal TAFE takeover a “beat-up” and “old news”. The leaked draft details a plan in which funding and loan schemes would become income contingent. ...

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