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Grata Flos Greig, First Female Law Graduate, c1904, University of Melbourne. Flos was the first woman admitted to the Australian legal profession. University of Melbourne Archives, UMA/I/5131

Hidden women of history: Flos Greig, Australia’s first female lawyer and early innovator

When Flos Greig first entered law school, it was illegal for women to become lawyers. Undeterred, she lobbied for change and became the first woman admitted to the legal profession in Australia.
Academic freedom therefore encompasses the freedom to research the topics we choose, to draw the conclusions we find compelling from the evidence and analysis we undertake, and to speak publicly on those matters. Shutterstock

As Melbourne University staff strike over academic freedom, it’s time to take the issue seriously

Academic freedom is routinely recognised as an important principle that is enshrined in a range of governance policies - but staff at one university say it is under threat.
A new academic work which covers all of Australia’s history is a timely addition to Australian historical scholarship. Australia image from

Our past revisited: new Cambridge History of Australia gives us the big picture

This week’s launch of the two-volume Cambridge History of Australia comes just as the Coalition government fires the opening salvo of a new battle in the Australian history wars. Over the past 12 months…
A university event where women and men were asked to sit separately raises more questions. Islamic women image from

The real story behind Melbourne University’s gender segregation case

The fallout from an event at the University of Melbourne where women and men were asked to sit separately has been intense. The media coverage so far has focused on the issue of segregated seating in a…
While it is not demanded by Islamic tradition, many Islamic countries practice gender segregation in public places such as universities. Richard Roche

Separation of men and women in lecture theatres: another Islamic controversy?

Last week, there was a troubling news item about possible gender-based “segregation” at an event held at the University of Melbourne. The event was held by an external Muslim group, on the university campus…
The University of Melbourne has come under fire over reports of gender segregation at a public lecture on Islamic culture. avlxyz

Clash of principles, not cultures, in Islamic lecture case

Last week The Australian reported that female attendees at a recent Islamic studies event held at the University of Melbourne had been directed to sit at the back of the lecture theatre, in breach of the…
A focus on research has paid off for the University of Melbourne. Steel Wool/Flickr

Research funding pays off as Australian unis power ahead in rankings

Research funding has never been more important to Australian universities say experts, after Australia gained ground in the annual Times Higher Education World University Rankings. The University of Melbourne…

Indians rank Australia highly

Indians’ ranking of Australia as a good place to do business, study or travel has risen to 8th out of 38 countries, up from…
The University of Melbourne will oversee a new effort to measure the returns on science investments. Flickr/Geoff Penaluna

Top Australian unis to test new science metrics system

The University of Melbourne and Australian National University will perform a “stocktake” of all scientific research projects at the two institutions from the electronic era in an effort to map their social…
Trinity College at the University of Melbourne, Australia’s most highly-regarded tertiary institution. Flickr/Julie Smith David

Melbourne University regarded top in country, but reputation isn’t everything

Melbourne University is Australia’s most highly regarded tertiary institution among academics, according to a global survey that ranks universities by reputation. Melbourne came 43rd in the Times Higher…

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