Tag: universities

The Democratic University

There is an alternative... centred on concepts of faculty and student democracy with strong, sometimes generations-deep, social ties to the many communities that they engage with…

Downsizing the competition: What higher-education managers might learn from the AFLW

…both [sport and universities] have seen a massive growth of competitive performance development… The growth of these fields has been associated in both cases with a ballooning management stratum.

Hollowing Out the Humanities: Morrison’s attack on Australia’s Political Potential

… a humanities education is one of the most effective for the underprivileged, offering an environment in which to be critical of the structures that govern our lives while giving rise to discoveries both academic and personal.

Cruel Irony or Structural Cruelty? How Good People are Destroying Our Universities

Here, the cruel irony (of destroying people’s working lives in order to balance the budget) shifts into a further phase: what might be called ‘structural cruelty’.

Where the Mind Is Without Fear…

Universities in India are a microcosm of wider social desires and domains. What we are seeing playing out in universities are the fear and competitive hatred seen throughout Indian society under its present leadership.

Last Chance for Universities?

How bad will it be? Up until the COVID-19 pandemic, international-student revenue for Australian universities had been around 25 per cent across the sector, with many of Australia’s ‘sandstone’ universities relying on international students for at least a third of their income. The loss of much of this revenue for the near to mid-future represents the biggest crisis the sector has faced. …universities will act vigorously to manage their finances.

Ramsay’s Groupthink, by Nick Riemer

The stock critiques made by Ramsay and its friends on the Right show how little it actually knows about the humanities

Teaching to the SET, by Grazyna Zajdow

The student as consumer and monitoring academic staff

‘Look on My Works, Ye Mighty, and Despair!’, by Bruce Buchan

On the ruins of Western civilisation

‘To the Edge of Freedom’: May ’68 and Now, by Alison Caddick

Here, then, in Paris, in one of the heartlands of the Western tradition/logos, in one of the oldest universities in the world, there seems to have been a sense that the whole of existence was being newly lifted into the political.

The University Does Not Think, by Simon Cooper

The fate of knowledge in an age of innovation

Statement from NTEU Victorian Secretary Colin Long on the Suspension of Roz Ward

3 Jun 2016

Wednesday was a bleak day for Australian universities, for freedom of speech and for democracy. On that day, the management of La Trobe University suspended from work Roz Ward, NTEU member and Safe Schools advocate, on serious misconduct charges. Her alleged offence? That she wrote, in a private Facebook post, that it would be good if the “racist” Australian flag flying over Parliament were one day to be replaced by the red flag. It is…