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Science gets little attention in Australian budget

Science gets little attention in Australian budget | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Scientists are pleased there are apparently no further cuts.


Blink and you missed it. Science got barely a mention in Australia’s 2016–17 federal budget released yesterday. Total spending won’t be known until someone tallies the line items scattered across government departments. But there is little to suggest any recovery from the $2.2 billion decline in support for science, innovation, and research since 2014. It was “no surprise that there is little new for science in [the] budget,” says Catriona Jackson, CEO of Science and Technology Australia in Canberra, the country’s top scientific society. (...) - Science, by Leigh Dayton, May 4, 2016

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Australian scientists welcome new government's $1 billion ‘ideas boom’

Australian scientists welcome new government's $1 billion ‘ideas boom’ | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Incoming prime minister Malcolm Turnbull reverses deeps budgets cuts

Scientists at Australia’s premier science agency are breathing a sigh of relief. After losing U.S. $84 million in funding and 1400 jobs since 2013, the new government will hand the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) a welcome U.S. $166 million. (...) - Science, by Leigh Dayton, 7 December 2015

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[Australia] Visa changes ‘set to lure more foreign students’

Australia is welcoming unprecedented numbers of international students in 2015 and changes to the visa rules will stimulate further growth, government ministers said last week. (...) - University World News, by 31 October 2015, Issue No:388

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[Australia] Universities warned to brace for 20% funding cut

Universities have been warned their funding will be cut by 20% almost immediately, an average of A$32 million (US$24 million) a university, if the federal government can get its higher education reform package through the senate by the end of the year, reports The Australian.

Despite no clear signs of support for the legislation, which has been delayed until at least the spring session of parliament, universities have been issued with a new funding formula for the 2016 academic year. (...)  - University World News, by The Australian, 03 July 2015 Issue No:374

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Leaders of Australian universities see pay rise as they seek more tuition funds

Leaders of Australian universities see pay rise as they seek more tuition funds | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

University leaders in Australia have been pocketing large salary increases at the same time that they seek federal legislation to allow fee deregulation based on the ­argument their institutions are cash-strapped. (...) - InsideHigherEd, April 15, 2015

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[Australia] Top universities abandon support for government plans

The nation’s leading Group of Eight, or Go8, research-intensive universities has done a sudden about-turn in its support for the federal government’s higher education reforms and called for an independent “depoliticised” review by the learned academies and employer and business organisations. (...)  - University World News, by Geoff Maslen, 31 March 2015 Issue No:361

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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’s national labs learn details of staff cuts

Australia’s national labs learn details of staff cuts | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Climate scientists skeptical of plans for new center.


After months of uncertainty, scientists at Australia’s premier research agency today learned their fate. More than 275 jobs will be cut, with climate science taking the biggest hit. Up to 75 jobs will be lopped from the Oceans and Atmosphere division of the Commonwealth Scientific and Technological Organization (CSIRO) as part of a restructuring first announced in February by CSIRO Chief Executive Larry Marshall. (...) - Science Magazine, by Leigh Dayton, Apr 26, 2016

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[Australia] Online courses can work if designed in the right way

Early attempts by universities to put their courses online haven’t been hugely successful so far in terms of generating strong grades and engagement.

Both the government and universities are concerned about the impact of publicly supported students dropping out of online courses.(...) - University World News, by Dror Ben-Naim, 27 November 2015 Issue No:392

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Australian government shelves plan to uncap fees

Australian government shelves plan to uncap fees | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

New education minister Simon Birmingham announces at THE summit in Melbourne that controversial policy will not come in next year (...) - Times Higher Education, by john Morgan

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Australia takes university cash to pay for research facilities

Australia takes university cash to pay for research facilities | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

But overall flat science funding in latest budget is seen as a reprieve after last year’s heavy cuts.

Australia’s government is removing funding from university grants to keep key national research facilities running, its latest budget reveals. (...) - Nature, by David Cyranoski, 13 May 2015

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Research Academics in Australian Universities

Research Academics in Australian Universities | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

This research is drawn from Work and Careers in Australian Universities (WCAU), a survey of academics and allied staff in 19 Australian universities. We received nearly 22,000 responses. The survey was part of an Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage grant (LP0991191), based at Griffith University and partnered by Universities Australia Executive Women, the National Tertiary Education Union, and Unisuper. (...) - The Research Whisperer, 2015/04/07

 

 

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[Australia] Reform vote leaves universities uncertain of funding

An inept government and its even more inept education minister have left the nation’s vice-chancellors uncertain where their future funding will come from after the senate rejected a higher education reform bill for the second time. (...) - University World News, by Geoff Maslen, 18 March 2015 Issue No:359

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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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