higher education

At least six ways COVID has crushed higher education (now university managers make it worse)

By Fiona McGaughey, Richard Watermeyer and Kalpana Shankar

Even less work-life balance, anxiety around online skills, fears the pandemic will be used to crush academic autonomy

There are direct actions we can take now to make university access fair

By Sally Patfield

While in recent decades there has been a focus on improving equitable access to higher education, inequalities cannot be overcome by simply exhorting more young people to go to university. Policies must also address the disparities between students that affect their capacity to ‘choose’ higher education.  Australia has seen substantial growth in university enrolments since

Online learning will never be a substitute for face-to-face

By Andrew Norton

In 2020 higher education student satisfaction with their ‘entire educational experience’ hit its lowest point since Australia’s national survey of current students began in 2011. But the detailed survey results, which cover many aspects of student life, paint a mixed picture. Despite an unexpected shift to online learning due to COVID-19 restrictions, satisfaction with many

I found my PhD journey extremely stressful and mentally exhausting

By Lynette Pretorius and Luke Macaulay

The secret lives of doctoral students and how academics can help Every year, thousands of students enrol into doctoral programs across Australia and around the world. New PhD students enter an environment characterised by the persistent pursuit for knowledge – there is always something more to learn. They also hear advice about academia from all

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

Six factors that impact student mental health

By Wendy Larcombe

For one in three university students in our study, their experiences are negative. This appears to contribute to a spiral of stress, disengagement and mental health difficulties.

New evidence: Stark inequity of online access for rural and remote students

By Cathy Stone and Monica Davis

It’s long been known that those in regional and remote areas of Australia do not have access to

I was excited to be interviewed for a permanent lecturing job and then this happened

By George Variyan

As a doctoral candidate coming to the end of my journey, the ever present need to find a

The strange world of medical school for working-class and Indigenous students: doing extreme social mobility

By Caragh Brosnan and Erica Southgate

What happens when becoming a doctor is a battle between staying true to yourself and fitting in to

Vice Chancellor Stephen Parker: Pyne’s higher education reforms doomed to failure

By Stephen Parker

Christopher Pyne and I were on diametrically opposite sides over the Higher Education and Research Reform Bill and