Universities futures

IS THE LECTURE DEAD?

Universities all over Australia are welcoming back students – but what will the learning experience look like? The Australian National University’s vice-chancellor Brian Schmidt told staff last week:: “We need our teachers to be more than just people who stand at the front of the lecture hall or before a video camera. We need them

COVID-19 has destroyed academic careers & stalled equity in our universities: Death knell or opportunity?

By Troy Heffernan

In mid-March, my university sent me and my colleagues home to work remotely for what everyone thought would be a week, maybe ten days. It was meant to be just enough time for Victoria to get on top of the virus that was increasingly in the news. More than 280 days later, most of us

Universities are investing in teaching at the expense of research. Here’s why we should fight it

By Lew Zipin and Marie Brennan

The will and vital capacity of Australian universities to support academics to combine teaching and research is under