28 mars 2015

The Final Countdown Has Started : 50 days until the IAU GMA 6

The Programme of the IAU GMA 6 is now final. Debates promise to be exciting and very stimulating!
Focusing on Social Innovation: Challenges and Perspectives for Higher Education, this 6th edition of the GMA will invite participants to discuss whether and how associations of higher education institutions and their members can have an impact on the development of a more sustainable society and can contribute to find new and innovative solutions for today's and tomorrow's challenges.
To register for the event or to learn more about the programme, please go to the GMA website now!
Contact: Élodie Boisfer, Programme Officer. More...

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Learning Together for Change (Conference)

Learning Together for Change: Advancing Education For All (EFA) through Higher Education is a conference organised by the Association of Swedish Higher Education (SUHF) as a contribution to IAU's important work and involvement in the UNESCO-led EFA movement.
The aim of the conference is to gather representatives from different sectors, including academia, to discuss how higher education and research can be engaged in the process of achieving the right to education for all.
Structured around four different themes (sustainability and change; learning, technology and globalisation; rights, equality and gender; and quality), the conference will take place at the Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology in Arusha, Tanzania, from 27 to 29 April 2015.
Deadline for registration is 20 March 2015.
More information is available at: http://www.learningforchange2015.com/
Contact person at IAU: Isabelle Turmaine. More...

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A dirty international deal that could harm education

By Paul Clifton (NTEU National Office). Governments in New Zealand and Australia are currently negotiating an international agreement that could have a major effect on tertiary education. The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) has been under negotiation now in various forms since 2005 and multinational companies are desperate to see governments conclude discussions and sign the agreement in the coming months. More...

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Resisting ERA: Why not just say no?

By Paul Clifton (NTEU National Office). On 22 October 2014, I published an opinion piece in the Higher Education Supplement of The Australian under the title ‘Two Rounds Enough: ERA Does More Harm than Good’. In that article, I argued that ‘after two rounds of Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) I believe the evidence is now in that the ERA is doing more harm than good. It is driving intensified managerialism, creating invidious status hierarchies between and within disciplines, and undermining collegiality. Potentially, it may also threaten academic freedom as managers seek to direct staff more and more where to publish, and even not to publish.’ More...

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Which SuperCasual are you?

By Paul Clifton (NTEU National Office). The Victorian Division has hit the ground running with their 2015 SuperCasuals campaign, which will focus the fight to improve the working conditions and rights of casual employed academics. More...

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‘How could Australia not think of investing heavily in science? This is just insanity.’

By Paul Clifton (NTEU National Office). With all the dust and smoke in Canberra this summer, it was clear that our politicians weren’t paying much attention to research and innovation.  It probably wasn’t getting much public attention either. If it had been, the public discontent with the present government would probably have been even stronger. With all the attention on who was sitting in which deck-chair, few noticed that the vessel was listing heavily to starboard and taking water at an alarming rate. More...

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The sessional generation’s nostalgia for the Australian university of the past

By Paul Clifton (NTEU National Office). Such is the case with Through a glass darkly: The Social Sciences Look at the Neoliberal University, a collection of essays put together by Margaret Thornton after an Australian Academy of Social Science workshop on the ‘marketisation of the university’ held in 2012 (you can download a free copy here). More...

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NTEU art show celebrates CDU’s anniversary

By Paul Clifton (NTEU National Office). The NTEU’s NT Division celebrated a working partnership with the Territory’s own university – Charles Darwin University (CDU, previously NTU) – in the 2014 anniversary celebrations with a show of photographs and posters from the Union’s archives. More...

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Women’s Action Committee 2015

By Jeannie Rea (NTEU National Office). Bluestocking Week (10-14 August) will again be the NTEU Branch and Division focus for showcasing the achievements of and challenges for women in higher education and research. More...

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NTEU warns against Pyne’s deceptive proposal to split the higher education bill

By Jeannie Rea (NTEU National Office). The National Tertiary Education Union emphasises that Minister Pyne is not abandoning his 20% cut to university funding. His proposal to split it off from the deregulation bill is merely a six month deferral. More...

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