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NTEU accuses VU of manufacturing a deficit

Victoria University has been accused of having a “manufactured deficit” to justify sweeping workforce restructures, a claim that university management has firmly denied. Paul Adams, president of the National Tertiary Education Union’s VU branch, said the 115 job losses that ...

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Strictly speaking | Booze words

Most English-speaking communities have colloquial words for alcoholic beverages in general.  So Australians and New Zealanders share booze, grog and plonk (as well as derivatives such as booze bus, grog shop and plonked) in which the alcoholic allusion is generic.  ...

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OECD touts mums’ economic potential

You don’t often see a positive spin on unemployment figures. In this case, however, mums have cause to smile. The OECD has tipped them as the single largest potential contributor to Australia’s workforce. In a report, Connecting People with Jobs, ...

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The 40:40:20

All things can be measured, especially your working life. The Secret Lecturer offers some satirical, and possibly sage, advice in an excerpt from the book, An Insider’s Guide to Working in a Modern University. If you work at a modern university, ...

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Strictly speaking | Solastalgia

The suffix –algia comes from the Greek word meaning ‘pain’, and is normally used in medical terms that  categorise physical distress, as in myalgia (‘muscle pain’) and odontalgia (‘toothache’). By contrast, the less specialised word nostalgia refers to mental anguish, ...

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Strictly speaking | Connectography

This word owes its origin to one person’s creative thinking, in the title of Parag Khanna’s Connectography: Mapping the future of global civilization.  It was published less than a year ago (April 2016) along with a TED Talk, and with ...

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Young unis stride towards gender equity

Often it’s the young who embrace change earliest, and this could apply to universities. Of the 106 companies accredited in 2016 by the federal government’s Workplace Gender Equality Agency as Employers of Choice for Gender Equality, 14 are universities. Of ...

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Strictly speaking | Phubbing

Creating new words is an unpredictable business. How was Lewis Carroll to know that amongst the brillig, gimble and uffish of “Jabberwocky”, chortle would gain popular acceptance? Did we really need a new term for laughing? Advertising agency McCann thought ...

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