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Gillard’s University Reforms

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on December 17th, 2009

Here’s a podcast from Radio National’s Background Briefing: Gillard’s University Reforms.
It provides a great overview of the outcomes of the Bradley Review and Budget 2009.  Looking to the future, it asks: What will be the mix of regulation and deregulation of universities?
Here’s an extract:
The fact is that no-one really knows what Australia’s higher education landscape [...]

Funding “excellence in teaching”

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on December 11th, 2009

From The Australian on Wedneday 9 December 2009:
Education Minister Julia Gillard has warned universities that she will be looking for results as the government ties new performance funding to teaching outcomes from 2012 …
Ms Gillard said universities in Canada, the UK and the US have been outperforming Australian universities in terms of graduate satisfaction. And [...]

Reminder: enrol for Bradley, Cutler and Budget workshop tomorrow!

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on June 10th, 2009

Higher Education Reviews and News: Bradley, Cutler, the Budget and us!
Thursday 11th June 2009, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM, E6A 116
Venturous Australia (the Cutler Report) and the Review of Higher Education (Bradley Report) were released in late 2008, with the Government responding to some of the recommendations (via speeches by the Ministers concerned) in March [...]

Upcoming LTC workshops – Bradley review, Developing a research program

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on May 22nd, 2009

Click on the title of the workshop to visit the registration page!
Research Workshops – Developing a research program – Tue 2 June, 10am-12pm
If you are an early career researcher, this workshop is for you! In the competitive international research market, it is not enough to write a single paper a year. To ensure that you [...]

Further responses to Budget 2009

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on May 21st, 2009

Following the celebrations reported in this blog last week, responses to Budget 2009 have been tempered.
The Australian reports that unis are facing a tough couple of years waiting for the money to start flowing.  Tim Brailsford, president of the Australian Business Deans Council and dean at the University of Queensland, said: “We are reliant both [...]

Responses to Budget 2009

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on May 15th, 2009

The overwhelming response to the Budget’s “education revolution” has been a positive one.
The VCs are happy – Steven Schwartz describes it as “a ray of light”, Ian Chubb is “delighted”, Alan Robson and Sandra Harding were similarly positive.
David Barrow, President of the National Union of Students said: “Thumbs up for massive education funding, thumbs up [...]

Budget 2009 and higher education

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on May 13th, 2009

With the Federal Budget 2009, the government has outlined its response to the Bradley and Cutler reviews.  Here’s how the Education Overview – subtitled Universities, Innovation and Education Revolution sums it up:
uncapped demand‑driven university system from 2012 – “students in, politicians out”- an additional 50 000 new students by 2013, 40% of 25-34 year olds [...]

Gillard’s “dance of the seven veils”

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on March 11th, 2009

The title of this post is how The Herald has described the government’s response to the Bradley Review:
Julia Gillard and the Innovation Minister, Kim Carr, are performing their version of the dance of the seven veils for Australia’s universities, vocation trainers and students. The slow unveiling of the Government’s principles for higher education reform in [...]