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30 May 2014 A wink's as good as a nod (etc) ………………………………………………………………………………………………………  After nearly three weeks, the controversy around the Budget has barely abated. Opinion polls tell us it’s the most unpopular Budget ever, perceived as unfair and littered with broken promises. That’s one thing about opinion polls: politicians can no longer resort to the sanctuary of the Silent Majority; however well informed, the Majority, these days, is loud and clamorous. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......……  It’s a tricky situation for a first term government delivering its first budget, not helped by the fact that senior ministers, from the prime minister down, are apparently not … [Read more...]

The campus is dead: long live the campus?

The Conversation     |      7 March 2014 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… Virtual communities can provide an alternative to the on-campus experience but, as yet, there is little evidence to suggest that virtual engagement with peers and with content matter experts can provide the same benefits as being immersed in the intellectual culture on campus, writes Jason Lodge of Griffith University. And do read this related essay by Kate Bowles on the creation of the space - or part of it, anyway - that the University of Wollongong occupies - For Leon Fuller. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… Much hype and discussion has surrounded the evolution of online … [Read more...]

Energy company announces scholarship program for indigenous uni students

Arrow Energy Media    |    28 November 2012 Arrow Energy has announced a two-year $780,000 commitment to provide Indigenous scholarships at all six Queensland-based universities. The commitment is spread between $222,000 of tertiary scholarships and $168,000 of associated support programs each year, for scholarships offered at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ), Queensland University of Technology, CQUniversity, Griffith University, University of Queensland and James Cook University. Arrow CEO Andrew Faulkner says the 25 scholarships being offered under the statewide educational partnership underlined Arrow’s commitment to improving the education of Indigenous … [Read more...]

Grattan fee proposal irks experts

The Australian Financial Review     13 August 2012 Leading higher education analyst Professor Simon Marginson has blasted the  Grattan Institute report Graduate Winners that recommends withdrawing government tuition subsidies and allowing universities to raise fees.  He says the economic assumptions contained in the report are “highly tendentious” and would be supported by very few international policy experts, although he expects the report to have influence within the political sphere seeking spending reductions. Marginson said the report gifted future governments with justification for cutting funding for universities while increasing pressure on the nation’s deferred loan scheme. … [Read more...]

This week in Campus Review

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