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The University of New England was the first Australian university established outside a capital city. With a history extending back to the 1920s, UNE has a well-earned reputation as one of Australia’s great teaching, training and research universities.

Its graduates consistently rate their experience at UNE highly, a reflection of the University’s commitment to student support. More than 75,000 people now hold UNE qualifications, with many in senior positions in Australia and overseas. UNE has built up its academic profile to the point where it now has more than 500 PhD candidates, an important sign of the University’s academic vigour and rigour.


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Regional students won’t necessarily be able to access the course they want to study.

Four barriers to higher education regional students face – and how to overcome them

High school drop-out rates combined with costly travel and living expenses puts regional students at a disadvantage when applying to universities in Australia.
Young actresses Georgia Taplin, Bella Thomas, Sasha Rose and Molly Barwick share the title role in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Matilda The Musical. David Moir/AAP

Marvellous Matilda: the child on stage

Can you fake innocence? The four professional actresses playing Mathilda are part of a long tradition of idealised childhood.
Tony Abbott’s speech after losing the leadership differed from his recent predecessors' efforts by making no mention of his successor. AAP/Sam Mooy

Abbott’s last speech as leader – no tears or laughs here

A politician's final statement as leader is their chance to have the last word. Tony Abbott's speech was telling in both what he chose to say and not to say.
Australia Post chief Ahmed Fahour is managing in difficult times. Tracey Nearmy/AAP

Superstar CEOs no substitute for diverse leaders

It's easy to assign all of the wins and losses of a company to CEO performance, but when the going gets really tough it's the teams behind them that matter.
Greater Australian air commitment to the campaign against Islamic State is a low-risk venture, militarily. AAP/Australian Defence

Australian planes are set to wing it over the Syrian cauldron

While symoblic, an increase in Australian firepower in the fight against Islamic State in Syria will not greatly affect the battlespace's fundamental reality.
Dan Peled/AAP

NAPLAN data and school funding: a dangerous link

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews says he is considering linking funding to NAPLAN data. This may seem like an obvious way of improving literacy and numeracy, but the challenges would be as complex and divisive as the testing regime itself.
Taking the curriculum “back to basics” will disadvantage kids who perhaps don’t have access to cultural and other knowledge at home. AAP/Tim Dornin

We lose more than we gain by paring back the curriculum

We run a significant risk that the divide between the haves and have-nots will widen even further through the "back to basics" curriculum approach advocated by Education Minister Pyne.
Most research says inclusive education is better, but what does inclusion really mean? from

Australia lags behind the evidence on special schools

The accepted international view for many years has been to move away from segregating children with special needs in special schools. However, special education seems to be experiencing somewhat of a renaissance in Australia and a recent piece in The Conversation argued that this might be positive.
Regional women strike outdated attitudes as they try to progress their careers. Image sourced from

Male champions of change for city women; but regional women’s careers languish

"Too emotional". "Lack talent". "Can't manage a career and family". It sounds like a episode of Mad Men, but that's what regional women hear every day at work.
Saudi Arabia has been careful not to appear overly oppressive of groups like Islamic State for fear of antagonising its own constituents. Reuters

What’s behind Saudi Arabia’s connection to Islamic State?

Saudi citizens supporting Islamic State are not the result of a coherent plan directed by its rulers, but the overflow of a long-standing system used to maintain its domestic legitimacy.

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