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Universities Australia chair Deborah Terry’s job description includes openly lobbying government, an approach that has its origins in the sector’s post-war financial crisis. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Universities in crisis? They’ve been there before, and found a way out

A post-war funding crisis forced universities to take the initiative in making their case to the public. A new history explores how universities did it and the changes they brought about.
Land managers have embraced firestick burning as a highly effective tool — just one example of the value of Indigenous knowledge. AAP/AP

How a university can embed Indigenous knowledge into the curriculum and why it matters

Australian universities have committed to a process of Indigenisation. The University of Tasmania provides a case study in how to incorporate Indigenous knowledge into academic programs.
University leaders are determined to improve their responses to students who have experienced sexual assault or harassment on campus. AAP/Paul Miller

Universities Australia to survey prevalence of sexual abuse on campuses

Universities Australia will on Tuesday launch a survey designed to shed light on student experiences of sexual assault and sexual harassment on campus.
Education Minister Simon Birmingham has been consulting extensively on a university policy, but has not yet announced one. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Universities Australia calls for certainty in higher education funding

With the higher education sector still in limbo about the government’s plans for it, Universities Australia is calling for certainty and warning of the damage done by the current vacuum.
In the absence of public appetite to invest in public education, a measure of fee deregulation is the only way left to fund education quality to a reasonable standard. AAP/Alan Porritt

Glyn Davis: why I support the deregulation of higher education

Over recent weeks, some staff have written to vice-chancellors, urging them to reject the university deregulation measures advocated by federal Education Minister Christopher Pyne. Public universities…
Should universities stick to higher learning and leave on-the-job training to employers?

Higher education is more than vocational training

Universities Australia recently announced a joint initiative with business groups to get graduates “work ready” through vocational workplace training. This is to be welcomed but it is also to be questioned…
Not enough university degrees include vocational training.

Universities Australia deal to get students ‘work ready’

Universities Australia has announced an agreement with business groups to collaborate on vocational training to improve the employability of graduates. Universities Australia chair Sandra Harding made…
What is it that we’re trying to fix in teacher education? Teacher image from

Teaching standards to fix a ‘crisis’ that doesn’t exist

The past week has been a tumultuous time for university education faculties. First the NSW government announced minimum entry requirements for teaching degrees, and then the federal government trumped…
The Coalition looks set to only tinker around the edges of higher education policy. AAP Image/Alan Porritt

Decoding Tony Abbott’s plans for universities

What should universities expect from a Coalition government if Tony Abbott wins the September election? In his address to the Universities Australia conference in Canberra, the signals were fairly reassuring…

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