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Australia’s universities face ‘inevitable decline’

The peak body representing Australian public universities has called on a Senate committee to back the government’s plans to lift restrictions on vice-chancellors setting their own tuition fees, warning that unless this was done “the performance, competitiveness and reputation of higher education would be condemned to a path of inevitable decline”. (...) - University World News, by Geoff Maslen, 09 October 2014 Issue No:338

  
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[Australia] ‘Traditional’ academics are an endangered species

Profound changes have transformed the role of the ‘traditional’ academic in Australian universities, so much so that this once typical academic might soon be numbered among the nation’s endangered species.

A ‘policy note’ released by the Group of Eight, or Go8, research-intensive universities this week says that whereas academics were once employed full-time to undertake teaching and research, these fortunates are fast disappearing. (...) - University World News, by Geoff Maslen, 09 September 2014 Issue No:334

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Australia: University reforms are no laughing matter – students need our support

Australia: University reforms are no laughing matter – students need our support | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Australian government displays a shockingly dismissive attitude towards students’ concerns, says our anonymous academic. (...) - The Guardian, 30 August 2014

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Australia's top eight universities push for higher fees, fewer students

Australia's top eight universities push for higher fees, fewer students | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Group of Eight vice chancellor describes deregulation as ‘holy grail’ for universities.

 

Australia’s prestigious Group of Eight (Go8) universities are likely to reduce the number of people they enrol while increasing fees for each student after deregulation, a key backer of the reforms has predicted.

Ian Young, vice chancellor of the Australian National University (ANU) and chairman of the Go8, argued this downsizing would be good news for the non-Go8 universities as it would “free up” more capable students to attend other institutions – “a trickle-down or a flow-across effect”. (...) - by Daniel Hurst, The guardian, 30 July 2014

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Cuts to Australian higher education: deregulation of fees is the only option

Cuts to Australian higher education: deregulation of fees is the only option | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Give universities the power to set the price students pay and they'll drive a diverse system – it may be the UK's best bet too.

 

Australian and UK higher education policy have a remarkable ability to leap frog each other without learning too much from the experience of the other. Issues such a research assessment exercises, income-contingent loans and financing the ever expanding costs of higher education are good examples. (...) - by Ian Young, The Guardian, 14 July, 2014

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[Australia] Helping postgraduate students adapt to study abroad

I am leading an international collaborative research project, funded by the Australian government’s Office for Teaching and Learning, which involves universities in Australia and China.

We are interested in exploring how Chinese students might make the transition more successfully into postgraduate coursework studies in communication and media in Australia – and possibly in other fields and other Western countries as well. (...)  - University World News, by Christine Daymon, 27 June 2014 Issue No:326

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Australia: Botched budget forces implementation backdown

Australia: Botched budget forces implementation backdown | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

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Budget launches in Australia generally attract praise and condemnation, depending on which side of politics the commentators are from. Only rarely is a budget almost universally condemned by the public – but this has happened with the first budget of Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s right-wing government. (...) - University World News, by

Geoff Maslen, 28 May 2014 Issue No:322

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Australia shakes up science budget

Australia shakes up science budget | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Clean-energy agency axed and major funding cuts hit the government's science agency, while biomedical research celebrates gains.

The first budget announced by Australia’s conservative coalition government has polarized scientists.

While medical research is boosted, major cuts will see the abolition of  Australia's renewable-energy agency, as well as cuts and job losses amongst scientists at the government's science agency, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). (...) - by David Cyranoski, Nature, 14 May 2014

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Australia: Federal audit stuns science community

A 'razor gang' operating under the title of a "commission of audit" established by Australia's conservative federal government has called for sweeping changes to the national economy that include widespread cuts in spending and abolition of major science projects with modification of others.

Elected last September, one of the first acts of the government of Prime Minister Tony Abbott was to appoint the commission, dominated by senior business figures and a former conservative senator, to inquire into and recommend ways of overcoming what the government calls "an economic crisis facing Australia". (...) - University World News, by

Geoff Maslen, 02 May 2014 Issue No:318
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Survol des modes de financement de l’enseignement supérieur dans différents pays

Pour mieux comprendre les enjeux du financement des universités au Québec, l’Université du Québec a réalisé un survol des modes de financement de l’enseignement supérieur au Québec, en Ontario, en Alberta, en Colombie-Britanique, en Angleterre, en France, en Australie, au Texas, en Nouvelle-Zélande, en Finlande, en Norvège et en Californie.  Ces travaux sont cités dans le rapport d’étape du Chantier sur la politique de financement des universités. (...) - L’éveilleur, par Lise Lafrance, 24/04/2014

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Australian researchers decry oppressive grant-application process.

Tough grant-proposal deadlines can have severe impacts on researchers, according to an Australian study. The authors surveyed 215 academic researchers across all career stages in Australia who prepare annual applications for project grants from the National Health and Medical Research Council (D. L. Herbert et al. Br. Med. J. 4, e004462; 2014). Most respondents reported that the 23-month application process each year takes top priority, superseding research and publishing, their health and their personal responsibilities. Almost all said that they would support adding more grant cycles and deadlines to lessen the burden for applicants. (...) - Nature 508, 277, 09 April 2014

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Conservative government of men scraps science ministry

Conservative government of men scraps science ministry | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Australia’s 28th prime minister, Tony Abbott, has dispensed with a minister of science and a minister for climate change in a new cabinet he announced last Monday. It is the first time since the science portfolio was created in 1931 that Australia has not had a science minister.

But Abbott came under most fire from within and without his party for his cabinet’s ‘female-lite’ composition: only one woman among the 18 men and a total of five women in a ministry of 30, plus one female parliamentary secretary out of 12. (...)  - University World News, by Geoff Maslen, 17 September 2013 Issue No:288

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Postdoc salaries hold strong Down Under - 31 July 2013 - New Scientist

As research funding takes a hit the world over, Australian postdocs are weathering the economic storm

When funding cuts lead to the closure of small labs around the globe, what's a postdoctoral fellow to do? For an increasing number of postdocs the world over, the answer is simple: go to Australia. (...) - NewScientist, by Sarah-Jane Collins, 31 July 2013

 

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Australian cuts rile researchers

Australian cuts rile researchers | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Political scorn on top of shrinking funds creates hostility between scientists and Tony Abbott’s government. (...) - by Daniel Cressey, Nature, 08 October 2014

  

  
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Australia: Research postgraduates to pay for the privilege

As well as generating alarm among Australia’s academics with his reform plans for higher education, federal Education Minister Christopher Pyne has caused consternation among research masters and doctoral students by proposing to make them pay fees for the first time.

Under the new scheme, planned to be adopted in 2016, postgraduates undertaking research degrees would be charged up to A$3,900 (US$3,600) a year. At the same time, Pyne wants to cut A$175 million from the government’s research training scheme which enables universities to enrol research students without them having to pay fees. (...) - University World News, by Geoff Maslen, 29 August 2014 Issue No:332

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Australia: Thousands of foreign students in visa fraud racket

Tens of thousands of foreign students have become permanent residents in Australia as a likely result of widespread fraud and corruption within and outside the federal Immigration Department.

Documents provided to Fairfax Media journalists and an investigation by Monash University academics has revealed that thousands of foreigners have avoided federal regulations and been granted illegal permanent residency visas. The huge numbers involved has led directly to rising unemployment levels among young Australians, including university graduates. (...)  - University World News, by Geoff Maslen, 08 August 2014 Issue No:330

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Australia: Senate blocks cuts to university funding

The Tony Abbott government's savings drive has taken another hit after the senate blocked A$435 million (US$408 million) in university cuts originally proposed by Labor, writes Matthew Knott for The Sydney Morning Herald.

The vote is the first indication of how the new senate may vote on the government's sweeping higher education reform agenda, which includes a full deregulation of fees, a 20% across-the-board course funding cut and increased interest on student debts. (...) - University World News from The Sydney Morning Herald, 18 July 2014 Issue No:329

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Australian budget hits science jobs

Australian budget hits science jobs | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Research-agency staff protest over slashed spending and concerns about country’s future research capability.

Joining together in vociferous chants of defiance, nearly a thousand scientists at Australia’s premier science agency protested across the country last week as it began to shed jobs in response to deep funding cuts.(...) - by Leigh Dayton, Nature, 01 july 2014

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Australian scientists take to the streets to protest job cuts

Australian scientists take to the streets to protest job cuts | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Demonstrators in 14 cities criticize the government’s research policies.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA—Abandoning their usual reserve, nearly 1000 scientists across the country downed instruments and grabbed placards this week to protest pending job losses at the nation’s leading research organization, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). “Scientists are not known for rushing to the barricades,” says Anthony Keenan of the CSIRO Staff Association, who adds that while staff members are concerned about job cuts at CSIRO, they are “dismayed” at the government’s short-sighted approach to science.(...) - by Leigh Dayton, Science, 26 June 2014

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[Australia] Outraged students protest against budget impacts

[Australia] Outraged students protest against budget impacts | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Tens of thousands of university students held protests across Australia last Wednesday as outrage spread at the impact the federal budget would have in sharply increasing the cost of higher education. Dozens of students were arrested in Melbourne, Sydney and other cities when they held street marches, blocked traffic and tried to enter state parliaments. (...) - University World News, by Geoff Maslen, 20 May 2014 Issue No:321

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Australia: Higher education faces another major upheaval

Australia: Higher education faces another major upheaval | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Australian universities are preparing for one of the biggest shake-ups higher education has experienced since a Labor government reshaped the sector by consolidating universities and colleges of advanced education in the late 1980s.

Federal Education Minister Christopher Pyne appears to be preparing the ground to extend federal funding to for-profit universities and non-university colleges to create a United States-style system in Australia. (...)  - University World News, by Geoff Maslen, 01 May 2014 Issue No:318

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Funding UK higher education: why we shouldn't copy Australia

Funding UK higher education: why we shouldn't copy Australia | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Adopting the Australian tuition fee system could result in poorer students staying away from expensive courses. 

A new report by the Higher Education Policy Institute (Hepi) recommends that UK policymakers pay much closer attention to Australia's "advanced" university funding system, which shares many of the features of the UK system, but at considerably lower taxpayer expense. (...) - by Gill Wyness & Richard Murphy, The Guardian, 28 April, 2014

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Australia: Young researchers YouTube their work

Each year at its annual conference, the Australian Cooperative Research Centres, or CRC, Association holds a "Showcasing Early Career Researchers" session.

This year for the CRC Association's Innovating with Asia 2014 conference in Perth in May*, 48 researchers - two years out from submitting their PhD to five years after submitting - braved the cameras and shot a 30-second video explaining the topic of their research, what they have done and what it means. (...)  - University World News, 18 April 2014 Issue No:316

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University reforms: Australia should be bubbling with rage

University reforms: Australia should be bubbling with rage | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The Abbott opposition repeatedly claimed there would be no changes to higher education; the government is now considering reintroducing a cap on university places. Australians should be appalled (...) - The Guardian, by Luke Mansillo, 26 September, 2013

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Australia's Top Scientist Calls for a National Strategic Science Policy

Australia's Top Scientist Calls for a National Strategic Science Policy | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Australia's top science adviser yesterday warned the nation that it was time to feel a "sense of urgency" about its slipping science and technology expertise or risk falling behind the rest of the world scientifically and economically.

 

Ian Chubb, the Australian government's chief scientist, made the remarks while unveiling a position papercalling for a strategic plan to advance science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in the nation. (...) - Science/AAAS, by 2013-08-01

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