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  1. Two rounds enough: ERA does more harm than good

    Posted 22 October 2014 by Jeannie Rea (NTEU National Office)

    This article by NTEU Naitonal Vice-President (Academic), Andrew Bonnell, appears in today's The Australian

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  2. Australian public investment in research lowest in over 30 years

    Posted 13 October 2014 by edXpress (edXpress)

    An analysis of the recently released ‘Science, Research & Innovation Budget Tables’ undertaken by the Parliamentary Library on behalf of Adam Bandt, Greens spokesperson on science and ...

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  3. ITEE Town Hall Meeting- August 2014

    Posted 29 September 2014 by Juliet Fuller (University of South Australia)

    Staff in ITEE were invited to attend a Town Hall meeting on 28 August hosted by the ITEE PVC, Rob Short. In part, the invitation to the meeting stated that in the face of a specific set of ...

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  4. Media Release: Australian public investment in research lowest in over thirty years

    Posted 29 September 2014 by Courtney Sloane (NTEU National Office)

    An analysis of the recently released ‘Science, Research & Innovation Budget Tables’ undertaken by the Parliamentary Library on behalf of Adam Bandt, Greens spokesperson on science and ...

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  5. NTEU Expert Seminar Series #2 - Off Track? Research Staff and Insecure Employment in Australia

    Posted 25 September 2014 by Helena Spyrou (NTEU National Office)

    Off Track? Research Staff and Insecure Employment in Australia

    Thursday 9 October 2014

    6:30 drinks for 7:00pm

    FEU Building, Ground Floor, 120 Clarendon St, Southbank VIC Take light rail 96 (Crown ...

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  6. Fund R&D, then maybe universities can support industry

    Posted 14 August 2014 by Jen T. Kwok (NTEU National Office)

    By Associate Professor John Rice

    Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane (right) wants universities to be more supportive of industry, but without significant funding into research and development, that's ...

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  7. Nature asks what is the ERA doing to the future of Australian science?

    Posted 28 July 2014 by Jeannie Rea (NTEU National Office)

    Australia and New Zealand’s research quality assessment policies have come under scrutiny in the latest edition of Nature. In her article “The limits of excellence”, Annabel ...

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  8. Things I wish I'd known about alt-ac: The Research Whisperer

    Posted 23 July 2014 by Paul Clifton (Uni Casual)

    When I was first approached to write this article for Connect, I felt compelled to present a stats-ridden view of why thinking about alternative academic (alt-ac) pathways was not only possible, but necessary. 

    What I’ve ended up writing, though, is what I wish I’d been told about alt-ac career paths when I was at various job decision points in my life. 

    While stats can be good to give an overview of the sector, they don’t help when it comes to making highly personal and contextualised decisions about what you choose to do. 

    I have been to and fro several times between being an academic and professional administrative staff. Some of those jobs were by choice, and some were forced by circumstance.  A continuing academic position is often thought of as the traditional ‘destination’ for a PhD student. It varies from discipline to discipline, with some – like those in engineering - particularly bemused by many disciplines’ dependency on the academy for a

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  9. RTS: Fees for degrees

    Posted 22 July 2014 by Jen T. Kwok (Uni Casual)

    Considerable pre-Budget speculation neither predicted the cuts to the Research Training Scheme (RTS), nor the introduction of up to $3900 in fees for research training. So what do these changes mean for Australian higher education? And what do they mean for you?

    What was announced in the Budget?

    The Abbott Government declared universities will be able to charge Higher Degree Research (HDR)  students an annual fee of up to $3900 (for a high cost degree), and $1,700 (for a low cost degree). The quantum of funding dedicated to the Research Training Scheme (RTS) is being reduced by 10 per cent (or about $174 million) because universities will have the ability to collect revenue through student contributions. Though unlikely, universities have the discretion not to charge fees.

    When will this reform start?

    Both measures come into effect on 1 January 2016.

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  10. Thesis Whisperer: Academic assholes and other jerks

    Posted 8 July 2014 by Paul Clifton (NTEU National Office)

    About a year ago, I wrote a post on my blog called ‘Academic assholes and the circle of niceness’. In it I asked ‘do academics get further in their career if they act like jerks?’ I wrote the post after reading The No Asshole Rule by Bob Sutton, which included research suggesting we tend to assume mean people are cleverer than nice people. My contention was, since cleverness is so valued in academia, it might be advantageous to be an asshole.

    If this is true, people who play nice would tend to be under-valued, even pushed out, which, over the long term, would feed an increasingly nasty and unhappy workplace. I suggested one way to counter this problem was to consciously cultivate what my friend Rachael Pitt calls ‘the circle of niceness’. Inside a circle of niceness we know and trust that colleagues will be generous and supportive of each

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  11. Science meets Parliament 2014

    Posted 26 June 2014 by Paul Clifton (NTEU National Office)

    The 14th Science meets Parliament (SmP) event (17–18 March 2014) provided the platform and opportunities for scientists, government, parliamentarians, industry and community representatives to engage and interact with the sole aim to advance the role and impact of science and technology in

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  12. NTEU Research in Parliament

    Posted 2 June 2014 by edXpress (edXpress)

    The NTEU’s research and Budget responses have been referenced in Parliament by several MPs and Senators from the Greens, the Palmer United Party and the ALP.

    Federal Member for Canberra, Gai ...

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  13. Savage cuts to research

    Posted 2 June 2014 by edXpress (edXpress)

    The Budget had some nasty surprises included for science and research.

    It included significant cuts of about $880million, including over $74million from the Australian Research Council, $120million ...

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  14. Commission of Audit guarantees politically convenient government interference

    Posted 2 May 2014 by Jen T. Kwok (NTEU National Office)

    The NTEU says that the Commission of Audit’s recommendations on research and development will guarantee ongoing interference by government into the independence and ...

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  15. Is the ERA antithetical to intellectual freedom?

    Posted 9 April 2014 by Jen T. Kwok (Research)

    This article by Jen Tsen Kwok appeared in the March 2014 issue of Advocate


    A year after the release of the Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) 2012 National Report, the Australian Research ...

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  16. Commission of Audit: one-sided, secretive and political

    Posted 7 April 2014 by Paul Clifton (NTEU National Office)

    This article by Terri MacDonald appears in the March 2014 issue of Advocate


    In October, the Federal Government announced the commencement of the National Commission of Audit, intended to be a ...

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    Advocate, March 2014

    Vol 21, no. 1.

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  17. Call for submissions to Senate Committee review about ISDS Secret Tribunals

    Posted 1 April 2014 by Jen T. Kwok (NTEU National Office)

    On the 5 March 2014, Greens Senator for Tasmania Peter Whish Wilson introduced the Trade and Foreign Investment (Protecting the Public Interest) Bill 2014. The Bill seeks to prevent the Commonwealth ...

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  18. The neo-conservative war on science

    Posted 21 March 2014 by Terri Macdonald (NTEU National Office)

    A Canadian cautionary tale for Australia: The neo-conservative war on science

    In 2013, former Australian PM John Howard took the stage at a conference of conservatives in Ottawa. ‘Can I start ...

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  19. Humanities and social science under attack

    Posted 20 March 2014 by Paul Clifton (NTEU National Office)

    Humanities & social science under attack

    The Abbott Government has announced it plans to redirect Australian Research Council (ARC) funding from ‘ridiculous’ research in the ...

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    Journal
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    Advocate, March 2014

    Vol 21, no. 1.

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  20. NTEU supports the Respect Research pledge

    Posted 19 March 2014 by Paul Kniest (NTEU National Office)

    At the conclusion of the Science meets Parliament 2014, Adam Bandt, the member for the seat of Melbourne, Deputy Leader of the Australian Greens and spokesperson on science and innovation, launched ...

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