As the new government settles in, there has been heated speculation around major changes to the higher education system. Education minister Christopher Pyne’s comments to the media have raised questions across the sector about the Coalition’s vision for universities in Australia
13 unis make the top 100 under 50 by Julie Hare – The Australian
World’s top 100 universities under 50: ranked by Times Higher Education – The Guardian
Aussie universities are the real achievers by Bruce McDougall – The Daily Telegraph
Opinion article* published in The Conversation written Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics at University of Canberra Lauren Williams and Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Faculty of Education and Arts, University of Newcastle, Professor John Germov.
A University of Newcastle city campus has been locked in with Australian Government backing of $30 million announced today by the Federal Minister for Higher Education and Skills, Sharon Bird, and Member for Newcastle, Sharon Grierson.
Following 13 years with the University of Newcastle, the last four at the helm as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor Mike Calford will head south to lead the Illawarra Institute for Health and Medical Research.
Like Australia, the UK has set ambitious targets to widen access and improve participation in higher education. Last week saw the release of an important report, written by former UK Cabinet Minister Alan Milburn, that called on universities to “step up to the plate” on improving the attainment, aspiration and achievement in higher education of under-represented groups, particularly students from low socio-economic backgrounds.
Response to the Grattan Institute report Graduate Winners – Assessing the public and private benefits of higher education At the University of Newcastle, we are clear that broad access to a high quality university education is the key to a stronger Australian workforce, economy and society. In turn, these are all important contributors to establishing [...]
BY GEOFF SHARROCK THE AUSTRALIAN OCTOBER 19, 2012 12:00AM I HAVE been asked why I have argued against critics of the Grattan Institute’s Graduate Winners report, while professing to oppose the funding cuts and fee increases it advocates. While I don’t like the vibe of Graduate Winners it deserves a more serious debate. It can’t [...]
BY SIMON MARGINSON THE AUSTRALIAN OCTOBER 19, 2012 12:00AM I THANK Andrew Norton and Geoff Sharrock (10 October) for their spirited and lengthy responses to my short critique of Graduate Winners (3 October). It is hard to achieve a robust intellectual debate about policy free of name calling, though we need this badly. I did not [...]