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Freedom of speech on Australian university campuses has been heavily debated this year. www.shutterstock.com

Special pleading: free speech and Australian universities

Glyn Davis lays out the evidence (or lack thereof) for the argument that free speech on campuses is at risk.
In 2016, it cost A$12.4 billion to operate the Group of Eight universities, of which public funds from the government provided A$6.7 billion. The London Economics report reveals that the work of the Group of 8, delivered a return of over A$66 billion to the nation. UNSW

National Press Club address: Ian Jacobs on universities, Australia’s ‘hidden’ asset

A new report found that every one dollar of public funding spent on Go8 university research generated A$9.76 across the Australian economy, a roughly 10 fold return on the government's investment.
Transport and livestock are both significant contributors to nitrogen pollution. Annalucia/Shutterstock.com

You’ve heard of a carbon footprint – now it’s time to take steps to cut your nitrogen footprint

The University of Melbourne is the first institution in Australia to have its nitrogen footprint calculated – it's 139 tonnes per year, mainly because of food production, energy use and transport.
The Australian National University has been working with intelligence agencies to minimise the impact of a cyber attack on its systems. Mark爱生活/Flickr

How Australian universities can get better at cyber security

Universities are uniquely placed to ensure that those who manage security of networks and data work closely with those who research and study the same problem.
In a survey of 159 academics, nearly half reported sexual abuse or harassment. "Fight sexism": graffiti in Turin November 2016

Sexual abuse, harassment and discrimination ‘rife’ among Australian academics

Academics and PhD students from a number of Australian universities have reported sexualised bullying, unfair workloads, sexual harassment and in some cases even sexual assault, usually from their superiors and supervisors.

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