University of Notre Dame Australia

The University of Notre Dame Australia was founded through an Act of the Parliament of Western Australia in December 1989. Since its inception, Notre Dame has become a leader in higher education and now boasts over 11,000 students enrolled across its three Campuses in Fremantle, Sydney and Broome.

Notre Dame is an Australian university which has embraced both the modern Australian university tradition and the ancient and esteemed traditions of Catholic universities both in Europe and North America.

It has sought to be a university which specialises in excellence of undergraduate education. Its focus is the education and training of young people for entry to the major professions: medicine, law, teaching, nursing, accounting and finance, physiotherapy, counselling, health sciences and the priesthood.

The University is especially noteworthy for its role as a leader in the great traditional professional disciplines of Health and Education, so long associated with the mission of the Church in Australia. It has also assumed a special role in the education of, and service to, the indigenous people of northern Australia.

In the 2016 Good Universities Guide, Notre Dame was awarded 5-star ratings in the following categories: Teaching Quality; Generic Skills; Overall Graduate Satisfaction; Getting a Full Time Job; and Graduate Starting Salary. This is the ninth consecutive year that Notre Dame has received the maximum 5-star ratings in Teaching Quality, Generic Skills and Overall Graduate Satisfaction and the second year the University has received 5-star ratings in the categories of Graduate Starting Salary and Getting a Full Time Job.

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NAPLAN data is not comparable across school years

It is not reasonable for politicians to say NAPLAN results have plateaued, because comparisons from year to year are not reliably accurate.
Suntan, starring Makis Papadimitriou, is one of the better films in this year’s Sydney Film Festival. Supplied

The five must-see films of the Sydney Film Festival

This year's Sydney Film Festival presented a panoply of films. Highlights included a sinister documentary about competitive tickling, the tale of a woman who befriends a wolf and an indie comedy featuring Viggo Mortensen as a leftie dad.
Emilia Clark and Sam Claflin in Me Before You. Alex Bailey

Me Before You: life, disability and ‘inspiration porn’

British rom-com Me Before You has topped the box office in the UK and is about to reach Australia. It has all the clichés of feel-good romance (including a castle), but it has also been labelled a 'disability snuff movie'.
Rebecca Vaughn brings to life 14 of Jane Austen’s characters over the space of an hour. Dyad Productions

Review: Jane Austen’s women have been done a disservice

Fourteen of Jane Austen's female characters – witty or ridiculous, selfish or avaricious – are presented in the astonishing show, Austen's Women. But her graver, more nuanced creations and stern but comic moralism fail to materialise.
We might celebrate diversity at the Logies, but the event still deserves a healthy skepticism. Joe Castro/AAP

The Logies: a yearly advertisement for Australian TV

In the age of boutique TV, binge watching, and data drops of entire series, it is easy to forget the dominant function of television: the broadcasting of a stream of advertisements directly into the living…
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Bertrand Russell and the case for ‘Philosophy for Everyone’

One of the interesting questions we face as philosophers who are attempting to make philosophical ideas accessible for a general audience, is whether or not everyone can or should ‘do philosophy’. Some…
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Federal budget 2016: political experts react

On reform, the 2016-17 budget is a holding one, with tinkering on the sides.
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Depp, Heard, Joyce – The Future of Cinema and Its Critique

1972: In a poignant scene in one of the key films of the decade, hottest young star Al Pacino seeks and receives advice about family and assassinations from sage patriarch Marlon Brando. The scene is from…
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Interactive: profiles of the cabinet and shadow cabinet

We asked our experts to appraise the political and policy performances of the federal cabinet and shadow cabinet.
From left: Anya-Taylor Joy as Thomasina, Kate Dickie as Katherine, and Ellie Grainger and Lucas Dawson as impish brats Mercy and Jonas in Robert Eggers' recent The Witch (2015) Parts and Labor

The Witch – excellent supernatural fodder

There haven’t been many films about witches in recent years. Stories explicitly scapegoating women as “mad” and “hysterical” seem to have fallen out of favour in popular culture, even if this tendency…
Let’s critique the literary canon, but we shouldn’t throw the Brontës out with the bathwater. The Brontë Sisters, by Patrick Branwell Brontë, circa 1834.

Friday essay: the literary canon is exhilarating and disturbing and we need to read it

Like it or not, the literary canon is part of the cultural capital of the West. Universities that choose not to teach it – or refuse to critically engage with it – are actually disempowering students.
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“Politics Lite” as usual in Oscar’s bluff

Philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, in The Birth of Tragedy (1872), suggested that the decline of Greek civilisation was accompanied by its increasing reification, celebration, and systematic self-affirmation…

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