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  1. Academic escape fantasies (Advocate 24 02)

    Posted 10 July 2017 by Paul Clifton (NTEU National Office)

    Thesis Whisperer, by Inger Mewburn

    I’ve been thinking a lot this last two months about leaving academia. For some years now, I’ve planned a series of romantic novels set on Australian university campuses, with characters and situations based on my everyday life. 

    I must confess I’ve only got as far as generating a series of provocative book titles like Unsatisfactory peer review and n=1 is the loneliest number, but my campus romance novel writer fantasy has certainly kept me amused during boring committee meetings. In a small corner of my soul I imagine these books, should I ever get around to writing them, would help me transition into an academic afterlife as a best-selling romance writer. To be honest, this seems like a natural next step after being a celebrity blogger.

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  2. Marching for science, and for our society (Advocate 24 02)

    Posted 10 July 2017 by Paul Clifton (NTEU National Office)

    Lowering the Boom, by Ian Lowe

    The March for Science was an amazing development. It began in the USA as a response to the attacks by the Trump administration on science in particular and evidence-based policy in general. But the problem is not confined to the US, although it is obviously an extreme example.

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  3. Twitterography (Advocate 24 02)

    Posted 10 July 2017 by Paul Clifton (NTEU National Office)

    News from the Net, by Pat Wright

    Hardly a week goes by that some elderly sage doesn’t condemn social media for shrinking the brains of the young. Twitter comes in for more than its fair share of the criticism because of its apparent limit to 140 characters – almost as though multiple tweets and embedded links to webpage documents and images were not possible. True, a single, isolated tweet requires a very short attention-span, but to blame Twitter for shrinking attention-spans in Millenials puts the cart before the horse and misconstrues the way in which Twitter is best used.

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  4. Trump's hair raising higher education agenda (Advocate 24 02)

    Posted 10 July 2017 by Andrew MacDonald (NTEU National Office)

    By Andrew MacDonald, Media & Communications Officer

    Suggestions of Russian interference, military posturing, a sacked FBI Director’s testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee and speculation about ‘secret tapes’. Given these are among the dramas which have beset the presidency of Donald Trump, it is perhaps understandable that the international media has been kept enthralled by plotlines which wouldn’t be out of place in a spy thriller. Yet while the Administration’s higher profile scandals have hogged most of the headlines, the implementation of President Trump’s agenda domestically has also caused some concern, including in relation higher

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  5. Exploiting the refugee crisis (Advocate 24 02)

    Posted 10 July 2017 by Jeannie Rea (NTEU National Office)

    By Jeannie Rea, National President

    A new study launched by Education International found that nearly half of private companies involved in Syrian refugee education are supporting some form of educational technology, which is often decontextualised from the reality on the ground, in terms of content, form, delivery, and needs.

    The report by Francine Menashy and Zeena Zakharia (University of Massachusetts Boston) explores the complex interrelationship between conflict and private sector participation in education through a case study of the education of Syrian

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  6. Quality public education for refugees needed more than ever (Advocate 24 02)

    Posted 10 July 2017 by Jeannie Rea (NTEU National Office)

    By Jeannie Rea, National President

    With the number of forcibly displaced people at its highest in history, World Refugee Day on 20 June revealed the urgent need for sustainable investment in public education to see that millions of children can access quality learning. 

    Major conflicts raging around the world have driven 65.6 million from their homes, according to the UN Refugee Agency in its latest report for 2016. Of them, 22.5 million are refugees, half of whom are children.

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  7. Students & staff suffer in VET wash up (Advocate 24 02)

    Posted 10 July 2017 by Andrew MacDonald (NTEU National Office)

    By Andrew MacDonald, Media & Communications Officer

    During the fevered height of VET FEE-HELP rorting linked to unscrupulous private for-profit providers, the true scale of the costly debacle proved hard to keep up with.

    On an almost weekly – if not daily – basis, fresh horror stories emerged involving the scamming of millions in taxpayer dollars, recruiters targeting the vulnerable, and students being stranded with half-finished, or useless, qualifications and significant

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  8. CDU’s inaugural IDAHOBIT marks new era of acceptance (Advocate 24 02)

    Posted 10 July 2017 by Paul Clifton (NTEU National Office)

    [email protected] has come and gone, but the strength of the local community shone through with their support on 17 May 2017. There was so much love and acceptance displayed by all who attended. 

    It was an historic day at CDU as it was the inaugural IDAHOBIT and a successful beginning to a new era in LGBTI recognition and acceptance. This recognition will ensure that the voices of the LGBTI community will continue to emerge and grow here, not only at CDU, but in the wider NT

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  9. NTEU celebrates IDAHOBIT 2017 (Advocate 24 02)

    Posted 10 July 2017 by Paul Clifton (NTEU National Office)

    By David Willis, Virginia Mansel Lees, Andrew MacDonald

    NTEU held events around the country on 17 May 2017 to support International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOBIT). IDAHOBIT is an annual opportunity for communities to reflect on the past and present experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people throughout the world, to celebrate these communities and contribute to change for LGBTI

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  10. Intergenerational warfare (Advocate 24 02)

    Posted 10 July 2017 by Paul Clifton (NTEU National Office)

    By Sophie Johnston, National President, National Union of Students

    There has never been a worse time to be a young person in Australia. We will see a generation of working poor, walking around with price tags of debt on our shoulders for the rest of our lives. 

    While our mates in Canberra paid either nothing or very little to go to university, young people today walk away with debts reaching the $100,000 mark. The value of high quality, face-to-face learning has been beaten down and replaced with the churning through of consumers. Our universities are turning into technical colleges, as students grapple to balance part-time work, dodgy unpaid internships, and still getting to class on time.

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