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Pandemic exposes universities' dirty secret

Australian universities have come to rely not only on international students, but high levels of casual staff. Many claim they are systemically underpaid, with some institutions under audit for wage theft more akin to the hospitality industry. Damien Cahill argues that ending exploitation and putting staff back on the books should be part of the sector’s recovery.

Opinion Opinion

Moving on up not the smartest deal for universities

Universities across Australia are increasingly setting up in CBDs, with federal government funding tied to a wider policy of revitalising cities. But sacrificing space and amenity for vertical expansion often isn’t a great deal for students, research or the university’s bottom line, argues Geoff Hanmer.

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Opinion

Universities should be more than job factories

A Federal Government move to prioritise “job ready” university courses by cutting some course fees but dramatically increasing the cost of arts degrees will penalise students, narrow choice and impose an economy-first mindset on the spirit of higher education, argues Andrea Michaels.