Monthly Archives: May 2013

Quartet pay hefty admission fee to join elite club

Quartet pay hefty admission fee to join elite club  | Paul Jump | Times Higher Education | 30 May 2013

Russell Group’s latest members have agreed to stump up £500,000 each adminstration fee.


Labor to slash red-tape burden

Labor to slash red-tape burden | Stephen Matchett | The Australian Higher Education | 29 May, 2013

In a radical policy change Tertiary Education Minister Craig Emerson has neutralised higher education as an election negative while creating the possibility of a quality-based two-tier system. This morning Dr Emerson will release a new approach to quality control, which meets university demands for a lighter regulatory burden, which could gut Labor’s own creation, the Tertiary Education Quality Assurance Agency. While Dr Emerson is only announcing a regulatory review, measures included in the announcement make it clear he has heard and understood the concerns of Universities Australia and the Group of Eight and accepts that an estimated $280 million in annual compliance costs for universities to report to government is unacceptable. “The review will ensure more of the government’s record investment is directed at student tuition than administration,” he will say.


Bleak prognosis for health funding budget transfer

Bleak prognosis for health funding budget transfer   |  Elizabeth Gibney | Times Higher Education | 23 May 2013

Treatment to avoid cuts would do more harm than good, critics sayLeading university figures have raised the alarm about the plans being mooted to move medical education and research budgets across Whitehall in a bid to avoid huge spending cuts to the academy.

Southampton shows teeth and watchdog backs down

Southampton shows teeth and watchdog backs down | Jack Grove | Times Higher Education | 16 May 2013

Russell Group member successfully appeals against full QAA review


Labor tosses sector a few sweeteners

Labor tosses sector a few sweeteners  | Julie Hare | The Australian Higher Education | 15 May, 2013

THE federal government has funded an additional 1650 postgraduate and enabling places in the budget despite a discussion paper on ways to address the irrationality of the current postgraduate funding system. The postgraduate places will be targeted at teaching, nursing and Asian languages.


Research heavyweights deny ‘ganging up’

Research heavyweights deny ‘ganging up’ | Paul Jump | 9 May 2013

A new grouping of southeast institutions accounts for a third of EPSRC-funded work


System exposes visa rorts as students ‘jump ship’

System exposes visa rorts as students ‘jump ship’ | Bernard Lane | The Australian Higher Education | 08 May, 2013

SOME Indian students are using the university-only streamlined visa system to get to Australia, and are then jumping ship to cheaper private providers, education agents have said.

Two well-regarded Indian agents, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the abuse appeared to be on a small scale now but was bound to increase as student arrivals gain momentum under the new system. “I think it is going to escalate in July because the intake will be bigger,” said a Melbourne-based agent.


Lower-grade foreign queue-jumpers a ‘myth’, data suggest

Lower-grade foreign queue-jumpers a ‘myth’, data suggest | David Matthews | Times Higher Education | 2 May, 2013

The long standing suspicion that universities accept international studnets with weak qualifications to boost their income appears to be unfounded, according to research by Times Higher Eductation.

At some institutions, such as teh highly international London School of Economics, it is British students who have fewer tariff points.


VET hit by funds crossfire

VET hit by funds crossfire | John Ross | The Australian Higher Education | 01 May, 2013

The federal government has withheld about $300 million from the cash-strapped vocational education and training sector because it is in dispute with state governemnts for cutting similar amounts from TAFE. An estimated $187 of VET capital funding has not been passed on to the sector, even thought the education Investment Fund advisory board recommended about six months ago that a dozen projects should proceed.