higher education

The kids aren’t all right. Neither are staff.

By Sally Kift

Good morning on R U OK? Day 2022. Today’s the perfect day to ask our higher education (HE) students how they are doing. According to the latest national 2021 Student Experience Survey (SES) released late last month, the answer is a depressing ’not so good’. The 2021 data again show that the top ranked reason

Broken but alive – COVID’s gender impacts in Australian universities now

By Emily Gray, Jacqueline Ullman, Mindy Blaise and Joanna Pollitt

“Two days to pivot online, it’s business as usual. We care about you, but your student evaluation scores are low. We’re in this together – where are your three research outputs?”

How to fix the fascinating, challenging, dangerous problem of cheating

By Phillip Dawson

Cheating is a big problem. By my reading of the literature, around one in ten Australian university students has at some stage submitted an assignment they didn’t do themselves. Add to that other types of cheating such as using unauthorised material in exams, and emergent threats from artificial intelligence, and you have a fascinating, challenging

Academics, we need useful dialogues not monologues

By Ameena Payne and Ashah Tanoa

(Illustration by Oslo Davis Copyright Oslo Davis 2022. Used with permission. www.osldavis.com) Some things in academia become normalised

O’Shea: All I want for higher education now and tomorrow

By Sarah O'Shea

Fresh from delivering a widely-applauded keynote at this year’s HERDSA conference, “Fragility or tenacity? Equity and participation in

Is this now the Federal government’s most bone-headed idea ever?

By Inger Mewburn

Apparently international PhD students in Australia now have to seek ministerial approval to change their thesis topic or

Now there’s one surefire way to stop the brain drain

By Ella Dixon

The pandemic has brought about an energetic rethinking of the role and nature of higher education into the

Why your doctorate can make you feel like you’re drowning

By Richard Stewart

This is not a cry for help. These aren’t my thoughts on the difficulties of managing money, time,

We struggled to make university more equal. Has that battle for equality worked now?

By Ian Li

Australian education policy has really focussed on getting  ‘equity groups’ into university and then onto completion with initiatives designed to improve access and participation. That worked.  Recent data indicate that there has been growth in the university enrolment of these equity groups in the past ten years. Published studies have also found evidence for comparable