higher education

Welcome to the fifth #AARE2023 blog of the conference

We will update here during the day so please bookmark this page. Our EduResearch Matters social accounts are: The following post is by Helen Proctor, University of Sydney, who was the discussant for this session. The war between the underfunded and the overfunded Jane Kenway and Matthew Sinclair’s featured symposium, entitled “Critical policy junctures,private school

Working future: Now, how to build a bridge

By Steven Hodge

The Federal Government’s white paper Working Future argues for closer cooperation between vocational education and training (VET) and higher education (HE). The goal is a seamless array of lifelong education opportunities for Australians.  Here’s the problem. VET and HE don’t always work well together, prompting commentators to characterise the Australian tertiary sector as a ‘binary’.

How universities have become big business

By Ann Sardesai, Lee Parker and James Guthrie

Australian public universities have undergone extensive policy reforms since the 1980s, driven by neoliberal ideologies that emphasise free

What private school boys risk when they hit university

By Cameron Meiklejohn

Through a combination of wealth, influence, and polished marketing campaigns, elite schools project an image of superiority, which

The seven crucial ways university students think about getting a job

By Dawn Bennett, Paul Koshy, Ian Li and Lizzie Knight

Now more than ever, success in the Australian labour market requires a post-compulsory education – either at university or TAFE – with the National Skills Commission estimating that nine in ten jobs created over the five years to 2026 will require a post-compulsory qualification. Increasingly, this entry level qualification is a bachelor degree, with 50

Refugee Week: Why universities could – and how they should – offer refuge

By Tebeje Molla, Sally Baker and Verity Firth

Every year, a fraction of the world’s forcibly-displaced people get the opportunity to resettle in one of the main refugee-resettling countries, including Australia.  Refugees escape war and violence and search for a place to rebuild their lives. Access to and success in higher education supports refugee integration. However, while access to higher education is around

Universities Accord: Why this urgent deadline is mission (almost) impossible

By Andrew Norton

Every year Job-ready Graduates continues, with the top student contribution now above $15,000 a year, students charged this amount sink further into a debt that will take them many years, and potentially decades, to pay off.

What happens now to students who are first-in-family to go to university?

By Garth Stahl and Sarah McDonald

Students who are the first in their family to attend university remain severely under-represented, despite policy efforts to

We asked academics to be real about work. Here are our new findings

By Roxanna Pebdani

My children were two and three years old in March of 2020 when Sydney went into its first COVID-19  lockdown.  At the time, I was in an education-focussed leadership role but also still teaching and conducting research. I was supporting my colleagues as they pivoted to online learning at the same time as helping implement

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