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Ziggy’s VCA Review fails to impress

VCA activists have slammed a report into the organisation’s future, describing the 16-page prescription as “impotent” because it fails to tackle the core concerns raised by staff and students.

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Mass exodus at VCA as music staff exit stage left

The Victorian College of the Arts’ music school is facing a troubled Christmas after 20% of its academic staff opted for early retirement in the wake of controversial changes to the institution, writes Andrew Crook.

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Glyn Davis’s modelling debut

Melbourne University Vice Chancellor Glyn Davis appears to have launched a modelling career spruiking the buttoned-up business section of The Age.

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Melbourne Muddle: elite students turning away from law in droves

Elite students are turning away from the once-prestigious Melbourne University law school in droves, shunning the Melbourne Model in favour of not only long-time rival Monash, but also RMIT and Deakin University.

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University of Melbourne spinning themselves a lie on VCA

Management and spin doctors are in denial over the unpopular changes to the Victorian College of the Arts, writes Scott Dawkins.

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Melbourne Uni Arts faculty anger at Dean’s re-appointment

Arts faculty staff at The University of Melbourne are in active revolt this morning after the man blamed for implementing widespread sackings and cost-cutting was re-appointed for a five year term as Dean.

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Who will be the next ambassador to the US?

Obama’s pal Jeff Bleich was announced as the new US ambassador to Australia. Dennis Atkins speculates on the contenders for the plum job of Australian ambassador to the US.

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Melbourne Uni’s $265m slush fund won’t save job cuts

The University of Melbourne is under mounting pressure to explain recent job cuts after leaked internal documents uncovered a $265 million plan to line its coffers.

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Self promotion in a nutshell

Guy Rundle wonders what was going through the mind of Glyn Davis when he launched Paul Monk’s work on the virtues of the West last night, which boldly argues that “freedom, political and intellectual, was invented by the Ancient Greeks”.

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Davis: Cutting to keep Melbourne University sound

The University remains in the black, but must slow future increases in spending to ensure its long-term viability is not compromised, writes Glyn Davis, the University’s Vice Chancellor, in an email to staff.

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Closing the gap: tertiary education

Students from poorer socio-economic backgrounds struggle to convert academic potential evident at year 9 to year 12 results. We need to close this gap to help get them to uni, says Glyn Davis, VC at the University of Melbourne.

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So what does Glyn Davis actually do?

Melbourne Uni’s Peter McPhee is retiring less than two years into his three year contract. Will vice-chancellor Glyn Davis resume at least some of McPhee’s duties? asks Erica Cervini.

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Melbourne University’s ‘model’ provost departs

Melbourne University provost Peter McPhee has resigned. What’s the story? asks one Crikey reader.

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The Grattan Institute: Centre for Ruddist Thinking

The $50 million Grattan Institute is about remake the think tank landscape in the PM’s image, writes Andrew Crook.

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No talking please, it’s a gabfest

Suppose they gave a talkfest, and nobody was allowed to talk? Bernard Keane goes 2020.

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2020 Summit snubs over-75s and Queenslanders

So who are these 1,000, or should we say 890, people? wonder Possum Comitatus and Jane Nethercote.

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2020 vision: Glyn Davis reveals the lucky (semi-female) 1000

Professor Glyn Davis — 2020 Summit chair and University of Melbourne Vice Chancellor in his spare time — today announced the completion of the selection process for the summit, writes Zoe Barron from the University of Melbourne.

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Comments, corrections, clarifications, and c*ckups

The PM’s 2020 steering committee … Allco’s scandals … Morris Iemma … tricky Tiger’s luggage limit scam … ABC Learning … The West …

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Blogwatch: 2020 and the lack of women factor

I’ve seen the future and it’s still a boys’ club … You call that innovation? … To being miffed I say “me too”.

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2020 summit: Talk for the sake of a talkfest

First community cabinet meetings, now a 2020 summit. Labor’s approach of government by stunt is shaping up nicely, writes David MacCormack.

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