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There’s more to being a good university lecturer than just projecting your voice. How can far deeper skills be developed? From www.shutterstock.com

How to turn lecturers into good university teachers

Who is best placed to shape university teachers who are more than just technically proficient? The answer lies in academic development.
Forget the doom and gloom about the humanities: employment and research in the sector continues to rise. Smithsonian American Art/Flickr

Are the humanities in crisis? In Australia, the sector is thriving

There's plenty of hand-wringing about the humanities being in crisis – but is that actually the case? In Australia, the sector is thriving, and policy should be made on that basis.
Urban studies theorist Richard Florida argues that ‘creativity is the new economy’. Ed Schipul

Square pegs: creativity on campus needs an urgent re-think

Many universities see themselves as profit-motivated enterprises, but there are still a fair few people working in them who think teaching and learning ought to have different aims from those of business…
The cost of a degree just keeps rising. Is it still worth it? Shutterstock

College grads still earn a premium — if they can find a good job

The early admissions deadlines for universities across the country have come and gone, and acceptance letters are on their way. But with the cost of a four-year college education rising an average of 5…
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Even extremists have a right to freedom of speech on campus

There may well be an outcry from student unions and lecturers’ organisations against proposals in a new counter-terrorism bill from home secretary Theresa May for a new statutory duty on universities and…

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