2013: the year that was in education


The Conversation     |    23 December 2013For most education watchers, this year has rushed by in a policy blur. So much so that we thought we had better launch our very own shiny Education section just to help you keep on top of things.The launch of the Education section – an area close to our hearts – meant we could finally give education issues pride of place.And what a time to do it – yes, this year was the year of Gonski. And whether it was a conski or goneski, this one word – derived from businessman David Gonski’s review into schools funding – went from symbolising a policy vision to becoming a political football in a few short months.In amongst some spectacular political … [Read more...]

The Scan | #143 | 11 November 2013

_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Typhoon Haiyan slams the PhilippinesSuper Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful on record, destroyed thousands of homes as it tracked across central Philippines. Winds of more than 300km/h, flash flooding and landslides have left families without shelter, food and water. Thousands of people are feared dead. Red Cross staff and volunteers are on the ground in the disaster-affected communities, helping people evacuate and providing emergency first aid and relief supplies, such as food, water and … [Read more...]

The Scan | #141 | 25 October 2013

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____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Medical research funding announced The government has announced more than $559 million in funding to Australian health and medical research through the National Health and Medical Research Council. This is over $100m less than the previous government allocated in each of the past two years. The Gillard government spent $652m in last year’s October round and a record $674m in 2011, funding some 1140 grants each year.  However, NHMRC funding allocations are staggered through the year, with another substantial round expected in … [Read more...]

The Scan Main Edition # 130


26 July 2013 _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Don't rush reform - UA Major policy reform of the demand-driven system cannot be rushed in just 72 hours and needs further consultation to avoid unintended consequences, according to Sandra Harding, chair of Universities Australia.  At a recent meeting with vice-chancellors, higher education Minister Kim Carr asked them for advice on possible budget-neutral alternatives to the $900 million university funding cuts announced in the May budget, possibly by reining in growth in student places.  While UA hasn't developed an alternative … [Read more...]

The Australian Higher Education Supplement 17 July 2013

This is The Australian‘s own summary of lead items in its online edition. As this is a subscription service, you or your organisation will need to have a subscription to The Australian to view the full article. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Graphic illustration of fee 'madness' Julie Hare   COURSE fees for graphic design at Canberra Institute of Technology have risen 1000% in five years, an advanced diploma costing double that of a bachelors degree at nearby Canberra University.   Pat Forward, national TAFE secretary for the Australian Education Union, said government reforms … [Read more...]

Go8 argues for tighter entry standards


Australian Financial Review    |   15 July 2013 Go8 chairman and University of NSW vice-chancellor Fred Hilmer is pressing higher education minister Kim Carr to clamp down on entry standards, dampening enrolment growth to help save $1.4 billion. Carr is due to meet with peak body Universities Australia this week. Hilmer is responding to Carr’s invitation to bring forward budget-neutral alternatives to $2.8 billion in cuts announced by Labor before this year’s federal budget. The savings will be redirected to schools. Under the plan, entry to undergraduate degrees would require a minimum ATAR of 60 and 70 for entry to teaching. The limits would help rein in costs of the uncapped … [Read more...]

The Scan Early Edition 18 June 2013 – #124


_____________________________________________________________________________________________ Not happy Universities launch regional ad campaign against cuts Universities Australia has launched a print advertising campaign in over 80 regional and local areas around the country,  aimed at informing residents of the potential consequences to local economies of the Government's $2.8 billion in cuts to university funding and student support measures.  The regional and local advertising blitz forms part of Universities Australia's $5 million Smartest Investment Campaign which has been running nationally on TV, radio, print and online since the end of February.....[READ MORE]..... Australian … [Read more...]

Australian researchers call for non-partisan backing

Invest in research

Universities Australia     |    17 June 2013 Australian research bodies have come together to urge non-partisan support for science and all forms of research, demanding that all parties make a commitment to the fundamental value of research in the physical, biological and social sciences, through to engineering and humanities. The research alliance has a broad base, including researchers across business and industry, universities and medical research institutes. The call comes from peak bodies from across the research spectrum, in science, education, social sciences and humanities and from our eminent scientists and engineers, including Australia's most recent Nobel Laureate, Brian … [Read more...]

The Scan Early Edition 11 June 2013 #122

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Early Edition | 11 June 2013 | #122 _____________________________________________________________________________________________ Qld opens TAFE assets to private providers 11 June 2013 | The Queensland government has released a “reform action plan”, its detailed response to the report of the Queensland Skills and Training Taskforce. Great skills. Real opportunities confirms that full contestability of public funding will be phased in from 1 July 2013, to come into full operation from 1 July 2014. It also takes the concept of “competitive neutrality” to another level in Australia: the ownership of what are now TAFE facilities are to transferred to a new, yet to be determined entity, … [Read more...]

…unis steady


Seven of Victoria's eight universities reported a surplus in 2012, with the sector generating a total surplus of $454.6 million, compared to a $478.5 million surplus in 2011.  Student fee revenue grew by $107.4 million, mainly due to higher domestic student fee income. Victoria University, which had a deficit of $6.5 million,  was assessed as having medium financial sustainability risk due to its poor self-financing indicator.  Monash University's financial sustainability risk was assessed as high due to low liquidity, however it had financial assets classified as 'available for sale' which can be converted to cash if required.  The remaining six universities had a low financial … [Read more...]


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