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The Scan 28 June 2016 #181

Apprentice numbers slump 28 June 2016    |     The number of apprentices across Australia has plunged since the Coalition took office, government figures show, with some of the steepest falls occurring in high-unemployment marginal seats still up for grabs at Saturday's election.  Western Sydney has lost 10,642 apprentices and western Melbourne 4782, while the national total fell 28 per cent from 383,562 to 278,583, between December 2013 and December last year, documents obtained under Freedom of Information and NCVER data reveal.  Labor claims the falling take up of apprenticeships is a direct result of the $1 billion stripped from trades support programs since the change of government, … [Read more...]

Great 8 propose caps on enrolments

Fairfax Media    |  15 June 2016 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… The elite Group of Eight universities have proposed that the Commonwealth government reintroduce limits on how many students each university can enrol, a suggestion slammed by other vice-chancellors as "cancerous" and "selfish". …………………………………………………………………………………….......……   The Group has released a paper calling for a "moderation" of the demand-driven system that allows universities to enrol as many students as they want. Group of Eight chair Michael Spence said the uncapping of university places in from 2009-21012 had blown out the budget by billions of dollars while leaving important university … [Read more...]

Go8’s new chair

26  November 2015 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Dr Michael Spence is the 25th Vice Chancellor of the University of Sydney and takes over as Group of Eight (Go8) Chair for two years from 1 January 2016, succeeding ANU's Ian Young. …………………………………………………………………………………….......…… Australian born, the son of a high school headmaster (and presumably Mrs Spence), Dr Spence graduated from the University of Sydney with first class honours in English, Italian and law (working “five or six part time jobs” along the way).  He then lectured in law at the University and worked for the Australian Copyright Council before moving to the UK to undertake doctoral studies. Dr Spence is recognised … [Read more...]

Go8 Newsletter November 2015

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HILDA on education attainment and the graduate premium

16 July 2015 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… The Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey is an Australian household-based panel study which began in 2001.  HILDA data, when weighted, describe the Australian population (excluding those not living in households).  The latest HILDA Report provides fascinating insights into Australian society and life.  To be really happy in Australia, it seems the best chance is to  be an unpartnered woman with kids.  You will need to live in a smallish town in Queensland and get to know the neighbours.  But, please, don’t smoke  and don't drink any more than 42 glasses of wine a week.  With respect to education, the … [Read more...]

Go8 Newsletter June 2015

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The Scan in May 2015

31 May  2015 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… In May The Scan posted 60 items and published 3 editions (#168, #169 and #170) .  Regulatory issues in the VET sector continue to attract most reader attention, led by the troubles of  ASX-listed private training provider Vocation.  There's more than one way to skin a cat and it seems that action under consumer protection laws may prove an increasingly  useful way to deal with dodgy providers.  The Victorian consumer protection authority successfully prosecuted one notoriously dodgy provider and the national agency has up to 10 providers in its sights for unethical conduct.  May is, of course, budget month. Universities Australia's … [Read more...]

High Wired

The Australian      |    21 May 2015 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… The Scan always checks The Australian's  offbeat but always insightful High Wired for its take on higher education issues.  The edition of 21 May is a particularly informative one. Here are snippets. …………………………………………………………………………………….......…… Cutting to the chase Amid all the welcoming noises about education minister Christopher Pyne’s review of the research training sector, HW was relieved to see the Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations finding a different narrative. They made the (obvious) point that the review comes as the government is cutting the research training scheme by 10 per cent — … [Read more...]

The Scan # 169 15 May 2015

__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ GDP spending on higher education set to fall to half OECD average 15 May 2015    |    Spending on higher education as a proportion of GDP will fall from 0.56% in 2015 down to 0.48% in 2018, well below the OECD average of 1%, an analysis of the 2015 Budget figures has determined. According to Vin Massaro, an honorary professorial fellow with the Centre for the Study of Higher Education, higher education spending is slated to drop from $9.3bn in 2015, to $8.9bn in 2016, $9.1bn in 2017 and back to $9.3bn in 2018, representing a drop in GDP every year. … [Read more...]

Go8 News May 2015

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