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Students can now see if their £9,000 a year fees are going to a 'gold-standard' school. But how cynical should they be?
“Hanging Man” by David Cerny - Uncertainty about intellectualism in the 20th century.
In some places, the dismal labour conditions of young academics have spurred them to unionise. Not so in the Czech Republic, where students and intellectuals lead lives of “state-ordered poverty”.
ACRI was founded with over A$2.8 million in donations from two wealthy Chinese entrepreneurs that had recently migrated to Australia. Bob Carr (left) was appointed its director.
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If Australia is going to successfully navigate its way through the “Asian Century,” we need independent centres of research excellence on China.
The Conversation sought response from the Australia-China Relations Institute based at the University of Technology Sydney in relation to analysis questioning their research, funding and reporting.
There are many different ways to approach the thorny issue of decolonising knowledge.
Critical decolonisation means accepting risk of error. It means considering whether indigenous knowledge systems might contain truths that western science hasn't accessed.
When academics are pushed to publish and to compete, teaching and research can take a back seat.
More must be done to develop mechanisms based on intrinsic motivations of committed, quality academics. It's important to limit the harms currently being caused by rent seeking.
Academics find themselves in a world filled with people who aren’t interested in facts.
Populist movements are on the rise. Their supporters distrust the establishment, elites, authority and official sources. The post-truth world is a post-expert world.
One of these is a human, the other not. Can you tell the difference?
Experts may be dismissed when they express values, offer advice or make mistakes. But these expectations are unreasonable and unhelpful.
Universities can take a stand.
Despite the claims of populist politicians, academics and experts can drive positive social change.
And to the left of your university…
University professionals have a mix of views – just like the rest of society.
Women and early career academics are more likely to take up these teaching-only roles.
Teaching-only positions are perceived as second class, with few opportunities for research or career progression.
A group thought.
Undemocratic? Bureaucratic? The EU and universities have plenty in common.
Many academics are falling prey to predatory journals.
Everything you need to know about predatory publishers.
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Ridiculed and ignored in 2016, what can the 'dismal science' offer us now?
In celebration of academic books.
The success of One Nation in this year’s election is part of the populist push.
Academic analysis is often ignored – and this is an indictment not of readers, but of academics.
The campus community can have different cyber priorities.
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Cyber threats are universal. But the appropriate response may be quite different in academia from what works in the corporate world.
More is less in the world of research publications.
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The traditional mode of publishing scientific research faces much criticism – primarily for being too slow and sometimes shoddily done. Maybe fewer publications of higher quality is the way forward.
Academic researchers need funding – especially as the federal government devotes less to basic research.
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With federal support for on-campus R&D dwindling as a percentage of GDP, keeping basic research afloat is a challenge. Schools and researchers are left to try to fill in the funding gaps.
There’s growing pressure for academics to get outside their comfort zones and to share their research with the broader public.
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Academics are getting out of touch with the rest of society. This helps explains the sorry state of our public discourse on science.