Universities



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The viewpoint diversity crisis at Canadian universities: political homogeneity, self-censorship, and threats to academic freedom

The study, based on a survey of professors and members of the public, reveals that Canadian universities are political monoliths whose lack of viewpoint diversity contributes to serious problems on campus. Professors, especially the 9 percent of conservative professors whose views differ from the overwhelmingly...
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At the crossroads: what is the post-COVID future of Australia’s public universities?

This report analyses the current worrying state of Australia’s higher education sector based on current funding and policy trends, and provides an ambitious national vision for higher education that re-aligns the sector with its public service mission.
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Report of the Inquiry into national security risks affecting the Australian higher education and research sector

This inquiry report makes 27 recommendations to address the serious threats posed by foreign interference to Australia's most critical research institutions. The recommendations are targeted at securing sensitive, taxpayer-funded research and protecting student safety on campus.
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Teaching with cultural heritage materials during the pandemic

This report captures the perspectives of instructors who were directly impacted by the shift to remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic in one common way - they were no longer able to provide in-person learning opportunities with cultural heritage materials for their students.
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The elephant in the room: precarious work in New Zealand universities

Precarious working arrangements, defined by temporary, casual and fixed-term employment agreements, are a complex, often hidden feature of academia in New Zealand. This report provides an insight into the reality of insecure academic work in universities from those who responded to the 2021 Precarious Academic...
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What’s next for national security and research?

This report reviews what measures are in place to protect research in the United Kingdom from foreign interference, including the new National Security and Investment Act (2021) that came into force on 4 January 2022.
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University research commercialisation: action plan

This strategy document aims to ensure that Australia’s universities play a bigger role in the nation's economy, working with Australian businesses to develop the next generation of great Australian products and companies.
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What is a research core? A primer on a critical component of the research enterprise

Research cores can be described as shared research enablement facilities that are used on a cross-department, if not institutional basis. In this paper, the authors offer a landscape overview of research cores at large public and private institutions in the United States, with the objective...
Briefing paper

Impact of the pandemic on the 2020 financial health of 37 Australian universities

This paper provides a snapshot benchmark as to the financial health of Australian universities at the end of 2020. This will enable greater insight to be gained into the on-going effectiveness of university strategies to deal with the impact of the pandemic when future annual...
Briefing paper

An avoidable catastrophe: pandemic job losses in higher education and their consequences

Eighteen months after Australia's borders were first closed, things are getting worse for universities, not better. This research confirms that tertiary education has been hit by bigger job losses this year than any other non-agricultural sector in the economy.
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Australian investment in higher education

Pandemics, border closures and government reforms of student funding arrangements have resulted in the Australian higher education sector facing some of its greatest challenges. This report is part of a series examining investment in different parts of Australia’s education system, and examines investment over at...
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Australian universities Vice‐Chancellor and senior staff remuneration code

This voluntary code provides government and society information on appropriate, transparent and competitive remuneration of Vice‐Chancellors and senior university staff.
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An Australian DARPA to turbocharge universities’ national security research

More than at any time since World War II, science and technology (S&T) breakthroughs are dramatically redesigning the global security outlook. In this paper, the authors propose establishing a formal partnership between the Defence Department, defence industry and Australian universities.
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The state of higher education: one year in to the COVID-19 pandemic

This report looks at comparative statistics the OECD has collected across a number of education systems to track developments in the higher education sector throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
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“They don’t understand the fear we have”

This report from Human Rights Watch asserts that Australian universities have failed to protect the academic freedom of students from China, and of academics who criticise the Chinese Communist Party.
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Improving the linkages between university and work

This paper argues that COVID-19, the skills gap and automation have all conspired to change the work landscape in Canada, and post-secondary institutions must respond to those changing 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...
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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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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.