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Birmo’s pride and prejudice show ARC grants need new rules

Birmo’s pride and prejudice show ARC grants need new rules

Most academics perceive the minister’s role in grant applications to be akin to the governor-general, making Simon Birmingham something of a John Kerr.

Uni VCs selling Australian students short for a quick buck

Uni VCs selling Australian students short for a quick buck

University vice-chancellors, whose eyes are on the bottom line, support a free market for education. But George Morgan, a founding member of the National Alliance for the Public University, says this does not mean universities themselves are in favour.

The greatest threat to unis comes from their own leadership

The greatest threat to unis comes from their own leadership

University vice-chancellors have singularly failed to live up to the ideals of social justice and equity they so frequently profess, writes Nick Riemer, senior lecturer at the University of Sydney and a member of the NTEU Sydney University branch committee.

A floral tribute to the federal MPs who got a free ride at uni

A floral tribute to the federal MPs who got a free ride at uni

Christopher Pyne reckons students should send flowers to taxpayers to say thanks for their education. Freelance journalist Sally Whyte discovers there ought to be a lot of flowers coming from Parliament House.

A federal takeover of unis? A greater threat to academic freedom

A federal takeover of unis? A greater threat to academic freedom

Will the NSW government give up its right to run the state's universities? It's a logical next step but it comes with risks to academic freedom, writes Grattan Institute's higher education program director Andrew Norton.

Pyne’s crusade: campus fight looming over uni services fees

Pyne’s crusade: campus fight looming over uni services fees

Campus Liberals are celebrating after Christopher Pyne moved to act on voluntary student unionism. But Labor and the Greens are rallying to defeat any moves to abolish compulsory fees.

Pyne’s pitch for uni fees abolishment entrenched in Liberal doctrine

Pyne’s pitch for uni fees abolishment entrenched in Liberal doctrine

Christopher Pyne wants to abolish compulsory fees for university student services. The fight has been a long one, writes Grattan Institute Higher Education Program Director Andrew Norton.

Tips and rumours

Tips and rumours

IT wobbles at DIAC ... some Coalition types dumping Mirabella in Indi? ... who is Barnaby Joyce anyway? ...

With tighter budgets, universities must change course

With tighter budgets, universities must change course

The federal government's university cuts will hit staff and students hard. And the lobbying effort will need to change course, writes Grattan Institute higher education program director Andrew Norton.

Grattan’s penny-pinching on unis music to Abbott’s ears?

Grattan’s penny-pinching on unis music to Abbott’s ears?

The Grattan Insitute is cutting a dash in education policy. Its thoughts could prove irresistible to a penny-pinching future Coalition government.