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
Speaking on behalf of the NSW Vice-Chancellors’ Committee (NSWVCC), the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Newcastle, Professor Caroline McMillen, today welcomed the NSW Government’s decision to provide transport concessions for international students.
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.