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The focus on mathematics and other enabling sciences is diminishing in Australia. Flickr/eriwst

Australian science: healthy but starting to splutter

Australian science is “generally in good health”, but faces major challenges in the form of falling science participation…
Many postgraduate students do not have their own desk and chair. Flickr/davepatten

Humanities post-grads feel less support, fight for desks

Postgraduate students in humanities, arts and social sciences are older, feel less supported and have fewer spaces to work…
As they get more crowded, Australian universities want greater control over the fees they charge. AAP/Julian Smith

Monash VC calls for fee deregulation in universities

Giving universities the power to charge more for their top courses would ensure they could offer a “premium” education…
Australian higher education achieves a high output with fewer resources. EPA/Jorge Ferrari

Australia ranked 8th in the world for higher education

Australia is ranked eighth out of 48 countries in a new global measure of higher education - behind the US, Canada and Scandanavian…
The ongoing decline in international students is placing Australian universities under financial pressure. AAP/Julian Smith

Budget relief for unis, but financial strain lies ahead

Anxiety gave way to relief across universities last night after Labor handed down a higher education budget that maintained…
University of Southern Queensland is one of only two institutions that grants members of the public access to a register of competing interests when they request it. University of Southern Queensland

Australian universities fail on conflict of interest

None of the 27 Australian universities that answered a recent survey about disclosure policies expect their staff to reveal…
Universities are centres of research… but what kind of research? flickr/pcgn

A question universities need to answer: why do we research?

Fundamentally, there are two big motives for research. On the on hand there is intellectual ambition: the desire to know and understand the word, to appreciate the best that has been said and thought on…
The My University website could provide a distorted impression of life on campus. AAP/Luis Enrique Ascui

Uni comparison site ‘must be treated with caution’

Students from today can compare Australia’s 39 public universities on course satisfaction levels, staff numbers, drop-out…
Students walk through the grounds at the Australian National University. AAP/Alan Porritt

ANU prepares to slash up to 150 jobs

The Australian National University is preparing to cut up to 150 staff as it looks for ways to save $40 million, and protect…
University managers are concerned that students are dropping out because they do not receive enough support from overworked casual staff. Debconf5

‘Invisible’ casual staff get little support on campus

University students are often in the care of casual staff who have not been inducted into the job, receive no support or…

Collegiality is dead in the new corporatised university

The collaborative spirit once embraced by universities in the pursuit of community service is giving way to confidentiality and secrecy as top-down managerialism takes hold, a conference on higher education…
Overstretched casuals hold little hope of getting more secure work. Flickr/hackNY

Career prospects are grim, say casuals on campus

Casual academics are deeply pessimistic about the prospect of ongoing employment, according to a study that shows only one…
International students in Sydney demand greater equality and cultural tolerance. AAP/Tracey Nearmy

Australian universities losing their appeal in ‘Asian century’

The “comprehensive failure” of Australian universities to engage with Asia is rapidly unravelling their appeal to the biggest…
When jobs are disappearing, why are we training more journalists? flickr

Can journalism graduates get jobs?

It usually begins mid-way through their university career. My office begins to fill with panicked journalism students who have seen the dismal job vacancies in their field and are starting to think their…
The mining boom has protected Australia from ill economic winds but will not continue forever. AAP/Le May

Why 2012 will be a crucial year for Australia

2012 will be a critical time in our development as a nation with huge uncertainties in many areas both in Australia and globally. Over more than ten years we have lived through a remarkable mining boom…

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