Vice-Chancellor Award winners announced

The recipients of Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence, Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Programs that Enhance Learning and the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence for Sessional Staff in 2012, will be presented with their certificates at Graduation ceremonies in April 2013.

Opinion: Tests for trainee teachers: the experts respond

Opinion article* published in The Conversation co-authored by Dr Nicole Mockler, Senior Lecturer in Education at the University of Newcastle; Dr Tony Loughland, Director of Professional Experience, Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney; Dr Matthew Clarke, Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at the University of New South Wales; and Belinda Robinson, Chief executive, Universities Australia.

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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