Early bird gets the worm on university participation

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.

Her Rights at Work – Speech by Dr Anne Summers

The Political Persecution of Australia’s First Female Prime Minister (Vanilla Version) By Anne Summers AO Ph.D 2012 Human Rights and Social Justice Lecture University of Newcastle 31 August 2012 © Anne Summers 2012 This speech is copyright and is not to be reproduced or quoted from without the express permission of the author. Good afternoon […]

Benefits-based fees plan under attack

BY TIM DODD THE AUSTRALIAN FINANCIAL REVIEW OCTOBER 22, 2012 The controversial call by the Grattan Institute think tank for students to pay more for university degrees has been challenged by one of the authors of the federal government’s review of higher education funding. Professor Louise Watson of the University of Canberra criticises the Grattan […]

Is $6bn a year on degree subsidies justified?

BY TIM DODD THE AUSTRALIAN FINANCIAL REVIEW OCTOBER 22, 2012 Who would have thought universities would be so allergic to the spirit of critical inquiry? More than two months ago, Andrew Norton of the Grattan Institute released his Graduate Winners paper questioning whether the government should subsidise the cost of university degrees that lead to […]

Why the OECD is not always right

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 […]

The madness is in the method

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 […]

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