Education

Research priorities: towards a culture of ideas

Research priorities: towards a culture of ideas

Last week, I looked at the new Coalition government’s intention to circumscribe the range of acceptable topics for Australian Research Council grants. I think – aside from the obvious ‘condemn’ – that might also provide a useful starting point for […]

“Death of an Adjunct”

“Death of an Adjunct”

I’ve just seen a truly tragic story about the death of an Adjunct Professor at Dusquene University in the United States, Mary Margaret Vojtko. Vojtko, 83, was a well loved Instructor in French who was suffering from cancer, and had never […]

Philosophy talks back to power

Philosophy talks back to power

I was very heartened to read a comment piece in The Guardian by Paul Redding, Professor of Philosophy at Sydney University. Redding is one of the recipients of an ARC grant which was ridiculed by the Coalition in the week […]

Already doing more with less: “Gonski” and the Gillard cuts to higher education

Already doing more with less: “Gonski” and the Gillard cuts to higher education

I’ve been critical in two previous posts about the appallingly stupid higher education cuts, which were perversely made to fund “Gonski”. (Note that David Gonski does not support the uni cuts, so perhaps that’s one reason why the government has […]

Another higher ed funding graph Labor is spinning misleadlingly on Facebook

Another higher ed funding graph Labor is spinning misleadlingly on Facebook

I was critical in a post the other day of the assumptions that were not disclosed in the graph circulated around Facebook by the Labor Party and Julia Gillard purporting to reassure people about the impact of cuts to higher […]