Equity in University Courses

University course fees may yet be deregulated, based on government intentions to save money on the cost of tertiary education. One of the plans set out in the recent budget “Options Paper” is to allow universities to highlight particular courses as their ‘Flagship’ offering. The concern here is that if fees are indeed deregulated, the […]

Does ‘university access for all’ mean lowering standards?

  This is a very interesting article by David Gough, shared here today from The Conversation. What is useful here is to pay attention to the detail provided that serves to clarify statistics that, on face value, may mislead. When researching university courses it is wise to check information on graduate outcomes, pass rates and […]

Correction from ‘The Conversation’ re Student Loans

  Academic rigour, journalistic flair Today’s newsletter sponsored by the C20 Summit. Melbourne 2014. EDITOR’S NOTE Yesterday we removed two articles from our website: “Modelling shows more students face lifetime debt under deregulated fees” and “Students could be in debt for the rest of their lives”.Both were removed due to a significant error in the modelling on […]

Modelling shows more students face lifetime debt under deregulated fees

Here’s a report from The Conversation highlighting the likely outcomes of the Federal Government’s proposals regarding educational funding in Australia. Interestingly it is believed that such changes may initiate some investigation on the part of students and parents, into international university courses as these become more financially competitive. Watch this space. Debtors prison: under the […]

All in the name of progress

As a school girl I never closely questioned how cultures were brought together on the basis of their relative usefulness. Nor did I consider for long the 1960s tragedy of a small Welsh village being dammed for the sake of infrastructure development. There wasn’t a subject in the school curriculum that allowed space for a […]