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For young people leaving school without completing Year 12, a VET qualification is the main way they can continue their education. from www.shutterstock.com

More at-risk young people are turning to private VET providers

New research shows private VET providers are ill-equipped to tackle the learning needs of vulnerable young people, who are increasingly being enrolled onto these training courses.
Serena Williams has just surpassed Roger Federer’s record for matches won at Grand Slam tournaments. Reuters/USA Today Sports

Just how great a tennis player is Serena Williams?

Many commentators believe that Serena Williams is the greatest female tennis player of all time – but that should be judged not just on Grand Slam wins.
Is the benefit of a university education overstated? from www.shutterstock.com

What role should universities play in today’s society?

Young people today will need to be more flexible and more entrepreneurial than in the past. Universities can help by designing courses that will have value in a rapidly changing economy.
Predictions that top women athletes will soon be competing with the best men, and may even outperform them someday, have not borne out. Ted Goldring/Flickr

Will women ever be able to compete against men in Olympic events?

A 1992 paper predicted that if women's running performance continued to improve as rapidly as it had since the 1920s, top women athletes would soon be running as quickly as the men.
Paula Radcliffe holds the world record in the women’s marathon, at 2:15:25. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

What makes a successful marathon runner?

Just like an efficient car on a long trip, the best marathon runners also use less energy to run at a given speed.
Athletes must execute their individualised race plan to the best of their ability to win. Reuters/Michael Dalder

Explainer: what makes a winning swimmer?

Races at the international level are often decided by as little as 0.01 of a second.
Gold medal winner Mack Horton (centre) said he had no time or respect for drug cheats in reference to silver medallist Sun Yang. Dominic Ebenbichler/Reuters

Horton wins by naming the elephant in the room at Rio Olympics

Rarely do we see such unscripted individual honesty on difficult topics such as doping, right in the middle of arguably the biggest international sporting stage.
Students pay between $6,256 and $10,440 for a university degree, depending on which course they choose to study. from www.shutterstock.com

Explainer: how student fees are set for different university courses

After almost a decade of failed processes to reform the current funding system, the government must produce a revised system that improves the quality of outcomes for students in all courses.
Footballer Adam Goodes was daring to speak of things that many Australians would prefer to be ignorant of. AAP/Dean Lewins

The land we play on: equality doesn’t mean justice

Until we see a marked change in the stories that are told, together with a shift from inclusion to social justice, the national story of Australian sport will remain very, very white.
A rare sight these days, with the decline of the VHS. Allan Foster/Flickr

Please rewind: a final farewell to the VCR

The era of the VCR is coming to a close, but it's impact on the way we consume and produce content has been profound.
The Australian netball team after their gold medal win at the Netball World Cup in 2015. AAP Image/Paul Miller

Is netball a feminist triumph? Let’s discuss

Netball – one of Australia's most popular sports – is on track to turn professional. Is this an exciting new chapter for female athletes? Or does netball's success draw attention from other sports, where women can smack balls, and roam freely?
In a citizens’ jury, difficult issues are passionately but respectfully discussed by a cross-section of people from the community. NHS Citizen Assembly

City calls on jury of its citizens to deliberate on Melbourne’s future

A citizens' jury has been working to refresh the Future Melbourne strategy. It's part of a broader shift from government decision-making for communities to decision-making with communities.

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