Feds propose TAFE takeover

Herbert Quote

Private providers to be put on funding par with TAFE The Age    |    4 February 2016 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… The Commonwealth government would take over TAFE funding from the states under a radical plan to be presented to the states and territories at the next meeting of the Council of Australian Governments in March. Under the Turnbull government proposal, TAFE fees would be deregulated and TAFEs would receive the same levels of funding as private colleges in a bid to increase competition in the sector. …………………………………………………………………………………….......…… States could provide some top-up funding for TAFE, but only enough to ensure "competitive neutrality" with private … [Read more...]

Pub signs

2 February 2016 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… After the excesses of the somnolent summer, many people go on FebFast, a month without alcohol - and, it being a leap year, one day extra in 2016.  The writers of these signs would be aghast. …………………………………………………………………………………….......……   … [Read more...]

Communications manager- vacancy

Position number: 31724 Cross-sell and upsell focus Package of up to $99k including 9.5% superannuation  Full-time, up to 12-months position, based at our Hawthorn campus ______________________________________________________________________ Swinburne is an incredible place to work.  Inclusive and diverse, ranked in the top 3% of universities in the world, and packed full of talented people, we exist to change the world for the better and to give our students the confidence they need to achieve their goals. We’re looking for an enthusiastic communications leader to help us improve student progression rates between different levels of our outstanding … [Read more...]

Academic Gongs – Australia Day 2016

26 January 2016 604 Australians  have been recognised with Orders of Australia on Australia Day 2016. As always, members of the tertiary education sector featured strongly in the honours list, with 77 awards (81 in 2015), particularly in the upper categories.  People associated with the tertiary sector received 4 out of the 11 Companion awards (36%), 24 out of 45 Officer awards  (53%),  36 of 174 Member awards (20.6%), for 27.4% of the higher awards (33% in 2015) .  In the most common category,  Medal of the order, only 15 of 374 awards were tertiary sector related people (3.7%). Women continue to be under represented with 40% of all awards, mainly in the Medal category; still, that's up … [Read more...]

WA main round university offers 2016

TISC 2016

88% of applicants receive offer 20 January 2016 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Applications from 2015 WA Certificate of Education (WACE) students showed a significant increase over 2014 (following the ‘half cohort’ last year) and a 6% increase over 2013. Offers made to 2015 WACE applicants are up 59% on last year, and 7% on 2013/2014, with 93% of those who applied receiving an offer (91% last year). …………………………………………………………………………………….......…… The decrease in non-WA Year 12 applications (including interstate and mature-age applicants) observed for several years has slowed, with a 3.5% decrease compared to a 13.4% drop the year before. Compared with last year, the total … [Read more...]

NSW main round university offers 2016

SMH

Applications down but offers up ever so slightly 20 January 2016 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… More than 44,000 domestic university applicants have received a Main Round offer for undergraduate study at a NSW university in 2016. …………………………………………………………………………………….......……   The University Admission Centre’s (UAC) participating institutions have made 44,344 Main Round offers, a decrease of 2,159 (about 5%) on last year but the total number of offers made this year is up on last year. UAC Director of Information Services Kim Paino said the Main Round is still UAC’s largest offer round, and, even though there are less offers made in the Main Round than in previous years, … [Read more...]

University offers favour wealthy and realistic students

Quelle surprise? The Age    |    18 January 2016 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… With tens of thousands of students around Australia receiving university offers this week, new research shows it is wealthier students with realistic expectations who achieve ATARS above 70 who mostly benefit. …………………………………………………………………………………….......……   The research by La Trobe and Swinburne universities reveals that poor students are twice as likely to receive no university offers than wealthier students. They are also 60% more likely to reject university offers. Students who are overly ambitious and fail to match their university application to the reality of their ATAR are less likely to … [Read more...]

Victorian tertiary offers – main round – 2016

Down slightly on 2015 18 January 2016 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Some 57,208 Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC) applicants received main round offers on 18 January 2016 for undergraduate courses in 2016. Since December 2015, VTAC has also issued 2,047 offers to international Year 12 students and 8,393 early offers. As a result, over 63,163 individuals have received at least one offer at this point, with several more offer rounds to come over the next month. Overall, this is a slight decrease from 2015 of 2.3%. …………………………………………………………………………………….......…… Universities issued 47,944 main round offers, 615 (1.3%) fewer than in 2015. TAFE institutes issued 7,080 main round … [Read more...]

Over there…..

Freedom Girls debut the "Official Donald Trump Jam" 16 January 2016 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… No wonder Donald Trump has opened up a double digit lead over his nearest rival in the Republican primary race, with lines like "Enemies of freedom, face the music.  Come on, boys, take 'em down". …………………………………………………………………………………….......…… … [Read more...]

Don’t believe it….?

Just watch! DamnedboredTV     |   10 January 2016 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… This is an amazing effort in editing and synchronisation, marrying the 2015 hit Uptown Funk with clips from films of the Golden Age of Hollywood. …………………………………………………………………………………….......…… … [Read more...]