Report

The crisis in the overseas student industry: how should government respond?

This report argues that universities should be required to deliver educational and research activity relevant to Australian domestic students and to Australian industry needs.
Briefing paper

Academic research budgets

This paper examines some of the budgetary issues facing the scientific research enterprise in the United States. The goal of this paper is to provide an overview of the key issues facing university budgets and research enablement and support services they fund, to determine whether...
Report

Rethinking Australian higher education

The Australian unified national system for higher education was established in 1988 for a range of reasons, but its essence was a solution to resolve a funding problem. This publication provides a detailed analysis of the current problems and issues, and examines opportunities to move...
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Report of the Independent Review of the adoption of the model code on freedom of speech and academic freedom

This document is the final report of Emeritus Professor Sally Walker AM's review of Australian universities' alignment with the Model Code on freedom of speech and academic freedom, recommended by the Hon. Robert French AC in his 2019 Review of freedom of speech in Australian...
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Tertiary education institutions: 2019 audit results and what we saw in 2020

This report summarises the main findings of the 2019 audits of the 27 public tertiary education institutions (TEIs). These consist of eight universities, three wānanga, and 16 institutes of technology and polytechnics.
Discussion paper

Beyond business as usual: higher education in the era of climate change

With climate change continuing to be the biggest global threat, this paper argues that universities and colleges should take a leading role in putting the world on a more sustainable footing.
Report

The Senior Research Officer: experience, role, organizational structure, strategic directions, and challenges

The senior research officer is an extremely important position at major research universities, playing a principal leadership role for what is typically a vast research enterprise. To examine the role within these institutions, the authors of this report interviewed 44 incumbents at US research universities...
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Inquiry into the University of Auckland’s decision to purchase a house in Parnell

This report reviews the decision made by the University of Auckland to purchase a $5 million house in Parnell, Auckland. It was found that University has not been able to demonstrate that this purchase met key principles of managing sensitive expenditure well.
Report

Tackling racial harassment in higher education

The recommendations outlined in this report are the product of an advisory group convened by Universities UK in October 2019, and come just over a year after the UK Equality and Human Rights Commission uncovered widespread evidence of racial harassment on university campuses.
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Coronavirus and international students

This report explores the current decline in international students in Australia following COVID-19 restrictions, and models potential further falls that could occur if Australia's borders remain closed.