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The Scan #175 11 December 2015

__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ News __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ VET FEE-HELP skewering system   11 December 2015      |       Explosive growth in the VET FEE-HELP scheme has masked massive direct public disinvestment in vocational education and training. While a report by NCVER shows a notional growth of 1.7% in 2014 over 2013 (plus $141.0 million, from $8512.4 million to $8653.4 million), it’s all in VET-FEE Help payments: actual direct expenditure by governments, … [Read more...]

Innovating an “Ideas Boom”

7 December 2015 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull unveiled his much-anticipated Innovation Statement, saying he wanted to drive an "ideas boom".  The statement allocates almost $1.1 billion over the next four years to promote business-based research, development and innovation. …………………………………………………………………………………….......…… Key measures A key focus of the plan revolves around strengthening ties between the business community, universities and scientific institutions. A $200 million innovation fund will co-invest in businesses that develop technology from the CSIRO and Australian universities. CSIRO will also get an extra $20 million to help … [Read more...]

Ministry reshuffle reunifies education and training…

21 December 2014 ...and unifies industry and science ………………………………………………………………………………………………………  In a wideranging reshuffle of the Abbott ministry, education and  vocational education and training have been seemingly reunified and industry and science unified. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......…… Education minister Christopher Pyne will become minister for education and training, with VET coming from the industry portfolio to be reunified with education ( why was it ever separated?). Parliamentary secretary Simon Birmingham will become his new assistant minister, with prime minister Abbott saying he will have a key role in policy and programs relating to skills formation. … [Read more...]

Honey Bees

Catalyst     |     25 September 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… At a time  when the government is seeking to linking research funding to "practical" outcomes, here's an example of truly engaged research involving CSIRO, the University of Western Australia's Centre for Integrative Bee Research and the University of Tasmania's Institute of Agriculture.   CSIRO suffered substantial funding cuts in the 2014 Budget, as did science generally.  This is a truly engaging bit of television with a simple message (apart from the everyday importance of science): If we want to keep taking advantage of all the benefits that bees offer, then it's only fair that we provide good food, … [Read more...]

University research and innovation seminar

  Wednesday   10 September  5:30-7:30pm (drinks and canapes from 5pm). 50 Marcus Clarke St, Canberra City ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… With limited resources and a desire to exceed, Australia must focus national and institutional research priorities carefully, and ensure funding and dissemination yield maximum returns. Chaired by Leo Goedegebuure, join Paul Jensen, John McCallum and Dominic English to discuss these issues. With the decline of manufacturing, research and innovation edge closer to core business for Australia. But global competition is on the rise and Australia lacks scale and expertise. What is required to build Australia’s future research system … [Read more...]

Weatherill call for structural reform of SA university sector rebuffed

 22  August 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… A call by SA Premier Jay Wetherill for Adelaide’s three universities to consider a full or partial amalgamation has been rebuffed. Nevertheless, a proposal from the three universities proposing the creation of a joint research commercialisation company is expected to be sent to the premier shortly. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Weatherill has warned the state’s universities are failing to get full commercial value from their research and says a radical option of merging the three institutions must be considered to create jobs and industries. He says “structural reform” of SA’s university sector must be … [Read more...]