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Modern chaplains must embrace the changing world

Multi-faith campuses and new technology offer real challenges. There is a rich history associated with university chaplaincy, which has evolved into a unique profession with its own identity and skills. This vocation continues to expand and diversify, with a growing ...

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SA moves in right direction

Victoria’s mistakes with vocational education and training can be a lesson for other states, especially for older workers. When one looks at what is happening in vocational education in Victoria, it’s hard not to picture a dog’s breakfast. In South ...

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The danger of losing scientists and historians

Something has gone wrong when, on present trends, we face a future with few graduates in some of the essential disciplines. Australia faces a national skills crisis as students abandon unpopular subjects such as maths, science and humanities in response ...

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NTEU puts brakes on casualisation

With enterprise agreements at universities around the country expiring on June 30, the National Tertiary Education Union has said it plans to target the increasing casualisation of the academic workforce in its next round of bargaining. NTEU research has shown ...

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Nobel laureate backs school science

The only Australian woman to have been awarded a Nobel prize says governments must maximise educational opportunities for children to stop the decline in students studying science at university. Professor Elizabeth Blackburn, a molecular biologist who was awarded the Nobel ...

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More decision making, not goal setting

Universities need to think about the future in a more constructive manner. A vice-chancellor recently told me that, given the level of dynamism in the Australian higher education environment and the vagaries of government policy, he saw little point in ...

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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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Some pathways quicker than others

The expansion of the tertiary education system is showing positive results for disadvantaged students but there is concern about the VET sector. There are many education routes for students to follow with some showing dramatically better success rates than others. ...

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