Following an extensive independent review, Sydney University is set to focus its health and medical research on four priority health and medical priority areas – obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease, cancer, mental health and neuroscience and infectious diseases. The Health and Medical Research Strategic Review, chaired by Peter Wills AC, was commissioned by vice-chancellor Michael Spence to assist the university “to strategically position itself over the next decade amidst changes to the health and medical research sector in Australia and globally”…..[READ MORE]….
Registered Training Organisations face tougher regulation after tertiary education ministers approved a shift from registration to licensing. Under the change, the right to issue qualifications – now an automatic entitlement for registered colleges – will require a licence. Licensed providers will need to meet tougher corporate benchmarks, and individual staff known as “accountable education officers” will be made responsible for the quality of training……[READ MORE]….
The impact of the $2.3 billion cut from the university sector to fund schools funding reform appear not have been properly analysed, it has emerged at a Senate estimates committee hearing. Nationals Senator Fiona Nash asked education officials for any analysis done to determine how the cuts will affect regional universities. Robert Griew from the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations told the committee “there was a great deal of information provided in consideration of all those savings measures and I can’t recall in all honesty that we provided information that went to individual universities in any group”…..[READ MORE]….
RMIT University has reinstated a professor, in line with a Federal Court order, after deciding not to appeal a judgement upholding claims she had been unfairly dismissed. Judith Bessant, professor of sociology and youth studies, had been dismissed after raising various complaints against her supervisor, including bullying allegations. She was reinstated on 7 June……[READ MORE]….
Monash University staff will push ahead with plans to withhold students’ results, prompting university management to withdraw from negotiations over pay and conditions. The National Tertiary Education Union has notified Monash management that it would implement a series of bans, including processing results, overtime and participation in events such as open days…..[READ MORE]….
Yarra Ranges Council will attempt to buy part of the Swinburne University Lilydale campus in a bold attempt to maintain the site as an education centre. The council plans to build its new $14 million offices on the site, a strategic move it claims is the only way post-secondary education will remain in Lilydale. Mayor Jim Child said that after nine months of discussions with different education providers, there was “very little serious interest in acquiring the site for education” and something needed to happen which “includes relocating the council offices there as the anchor tenant.”…..[READ MORE]….
RMIT University is expanding its presence to Europe by establishing a site in Barcelona, Spain, to build its European education, research and student mobility activities. RMIT vice-chancellor Margaret Gardner said the decision to establish a centre in Barcelona was to extend and deepen RMIT’s collaborative partnerships in Europe and to strengthen the global orientation and reach of RMIT’s education and research……[READ MORE]….
This Fulbright Scholarship is for employees within the vocational education and training sector or training leaders in business and industry. It is not for university academics that study VET as an academic discipline. Applications close 14 August 2013.
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 and public training facilities will be opened to private providers as well as the public TAFE institutes…..[READ MORE]….
11 June 2013 | Swinburne University is set to mothball its Lilydale campus in Melbourne next month after so far failing to find a new tertiary education provider to takeover the site, with Deakin University, La Trobe University and Box Hill TAFE apparently having all baulked at taking over the campus……[READ MORE]….
11 June 2013 | With the likelihood of a Coalition government in a few months, there’s increasing focus on the impact of a change of g0vernment on the tertiary sector. At the first of the 2013 Tertiary Education Policy Seminars, Bruce Chapman, creator of the Higher Education Contribution Scheme, said he expected a rise in student contributions (that is, fees), as occurred in 1996. …..[READ MORE]….
The National Centre for Vocational Education Research is Australia’s principal provider of vocational education training research and statistics. NCVER’s monthly newsletter reports on its latest research findings and publications.
The ACPET Journal for Private Higher Education is a peer-reviewed journal published twice a year, in June and December. It is a key outlet for displaying the quality of scholarship in Australia and beyond in private higher education, enhancing understanding of the diverse private higher education sector and sharing good practice.
Higher Education Policy Seminar
The tertiary education system has evolved from central control to demand driven. This seminar will explore the trajectory of the demand driven system and provide insight into future funding models. The speakers are Associate Professor Leesa Wheelahan (University of Melbourne) and Andrew Norton (Grattan Institute).
Conor King (Innovative Research Universities network) argues the government should apply the logic of the school reforms to higher education funding and allow universities to properly meet the needs of the students they enrol.
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The Australian Education Bill, introduced to the parliament last week, sets out the government’s Gonski reforms to school funding.
One of the reform’s key tenets is that extra money should go to schools with the greater number of disadvantaged students, including Indigenous students, those with a disability, and those from poor backgrounds.
But why should this funding principle only serve students in primary and high schools?
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Life & stuff
This vignette supporting equality in marriage rights was produced by Flowers Vasette and shot in and around Flinders Lane Melbourne.
Maximising a competitive advantage for RTOs
26 & 27 June 2013 | Rydges | Melbourne
The creation of MOOCs opens up many questions both in the short term future with regard to the viability of the current MOOCs model, as well as in the long term with reference to the democratisation of education and what it means for the future of universities. Such complex and far reaching consequences raise significant questions for Australian universities across a spectrum of issues.