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Safer than houses

Victorian TAFE institutes have been caught up in a Department of Treasury and Finance edict that severely restricts where they can keep their money – even though they’re part of what the state government calls the “most devolved and autonomous” ...

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When equity is just not enough

<<<In many ways, student equity is a numbers game. But Trevor Gale argues we need to develop new ways of understanding higher education if we are to develop a more sophisticated approach to equity.>>> Student equity in Australian higher education ...

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A just ambition

The introduction of indigenous cultural competency across the curriculum will be a welcome step in the right direction, says Sandra Harding. Being confronted by the tragic reality of racism in Australia is not the normal fare of Universities Australia meetings. ...

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Sydney-Leeds-Amsterdam

Three conferences provide Toby Miller with unexpected insight. I’ve been to three contrasting conferences in the past month that seem to encapsulate the differences between being inside and outside the Beltway, as they say in DC when referring to access ...

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Heretics challenge VET orthodoxy

Should VET teaching focus more on demonstrable competence or student potential, asks John Mitchell. A review is currently underway of the basic qualification in training and assessment for VET practitioners. The review presents an important opportunity for the sector to ...

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VET briefs

Audit blitz hits dodgy colleges Forensic auditors could be used in the first major crackdown on corrupt training colleges for overseas students in Melbourne, reports The Age. The colleges are suspected of exploiting students, migration fraud and breaches of education ...

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Beyond the here and now

It would be useful if the taskforce could identify ways in which the apprenticeship provision could be more inclusive of Australians beyond male school leavers, says Stephen Billett. Despite the consequences of the economic downturn, there are signs that a ...

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ARC grant process counterproductive

Many researchers don’t need a large grant to carry out their research, but the system drives them to apply nevertheless. By Tom Clark. I hate Australian Research Council grants. I don’t hate the ARC staff. I’ve only ever been impressed ...

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Lost in the past: technology and teaching

Technology alone is not the panacea to improving teaching quality, writes Martin Bridgstock. Macquarie University vice-chancellor Steven Schwartz makes some good points in his article ‘Lost in the past’ (CR, 22.06.09). Alas, he also seems confused on some key points. ...

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