The University of Melbourne logoThe CSHE conducts the research and policy seminar series Ideas and Issues in Higher Education.
These seminars are open to the public.
Seminars are normally held from 1:00 to 2:00 pm on Mondays at CSHE (Level 1, 715 Swanston Street, Carlton). People interested in giving a seminar should contact Professor Hamish Coates ( with their proposal. Registration enquiries to Molly McKew ( or +61 3 8344 4605). Online registration below.

Monday 28th April, 1-2pm
Assuring graduates' English language learning outcomes: Options and strategies

Australian universities states that oral and written communication skills are important graduate attributes.  Yet there are perceptions within the community that graduates lack the necessary communication skills, as we see from employers and through allegations of soft-marking.  There is a gap between what universities state is important and public perceptions that raise questions about the quality of Australian higher education. This presentation will discuss the findings from an Office for Learning and Teaching Senior National fellowship focused on effective and economical ways of addressing the gap without increasing workloads for academics.

Associate Professor Sophia Arkoudis
Lecturer in Higher Education
Centre for the Study of Higher Education