Academics

31 Oct The curious case of Australia’s missing industries: HECG Trendwatch

By DAVID MYTON In its recent report Securing Australia’s Future, the Australian Council of Learned Academies said a key priority for Australia was to build better links between business and industry and researchers. Among other things, this would require economic, social and cultural changes “driven by visionary leadership and targeted investments...

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02 Aug The rise and rise of the PVC: HECG Highered Trendwatch

By DAVID MYTON On any measure higher education today is a big enterprise. In Australia alone, the sector employs more than 100,000 staff, educates over a million students, total operating revenue amounts to around $27 billion, and conducts often ground-breaking research across diverse fields. The university “business model”...

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21 Jun Are universities failing to support women’s career aspirations? HECG Highered Trendwatch

By DAVID MYTON It’s been a heady time for highered policy wonks and number crunchers in England with the release recently of the new Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) data. LEO is particularly interesting because it links tax data to education records, offering a new insight into how university graduates...

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07 Apr Collaborative research links get a welcome lift: HECG Highered Trendwatch

By DAVID MYTON The Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda has copped its share of flak during its lifetime (viz: “whimsical cash-splash for inner-city hipsters”) but there it still is, chugging along, funnelling not a little of its $1.1 billion in the direction of highered. One of...

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04 Apr Are academics equipped to deal with the big digital disruption? HECG Highered Trendwatch

By DAVID MYTON It is widely accepted that universities are facing massive challenges as society transitions from the industrial age into the digital era. Higher education’s traditional “business model” is being battered by technological disruptions in parallel with growing demands that it be responsible for the constant...

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30 Mar Can universities answer ‘the greatest question of the digital age’: HECG Highered Trendwatch

By DAVID MYTON “If you aren't feeling anxious and uncertain yet, then you are in denial.” By the time Jeffrey Bleich spoke these words during his keynote address to the recent Universities Australia conference in Canberra the audience was paying rapt attention. Some people had considered skipping the former...

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20 Mar Why universities may be failing to promote the best academic leaders: HECG Highered Trendwatch

By DAVID MYTON Academic leaders in Australia are usually recruited and promoted without a full assessment of their interpersonal skills and strategic and operational competence according to a paper in the NTEU’s latest Australian Universities’ Review. And current university recruitment and promotion procedures have not yet found...

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