Star gazers will fill space in our knowledge of the universe
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by Tim Dodd
1d ago
Two Swinburne University astronomers are embarking on a major project that will unlock a flood of information on six million galaxies in the sector of the universe nearest our Milky Way galactic home. Edward Taylor and Michelle Cluver, both associate professors at Swinburne, are leading a multi-national 70-strong team to carry out the work using the European Southern Observatory’s 4MOST telescope facility in Chile. Over five years, starting in 2024, the telescope will gather data from every one of the six million target galaxies, plugging a massive gap in astronomical knowledge. While the new ..read more
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HEDx podcast: celebrated author Paul Le Blanc of SNHU on industry transformation – Episode 64
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by Martin Betts
1d ago
Professor Paul Le Blanc is the president of Southern New Hampshire University and joins the HEDx podcast for the first episode of 2023.   He outlines a philosophy that's driven his institution and is influencing the sector to be truly distinctive by putting "Students First" which is the title of one of his two acclaimed books. CampusReview · HEDx Podcast - celebrated author Paul Le Blanc of SNHU on industry transformation- Episode 64 ..read more
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Fair Work rejects CDU enterprise agreement
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by Emilie Lauer
1d ago
The nation's employment watchdog has rejected Charles Darwin University's non-union enterprise agreement due to voting irregularities. The university enterprise agreement had been approved in November 2022 with 62 per cent of staff saying 'yes' to a four per cent pay increase and up to $500 sign-on bonus. Fair Work Australia commissioner Christopher Platt rejected the proposal after the NTEU raised concerns about ineligible casual staff who took part in the vote. “This raised an issue as to whether the proposed agreement has been genuinely agreed," Platt said. Platt found the ballot included b ..read more
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Tens of thousands of Chinese students to return to Australia
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by Emilie Lauer
1d ago
Australian Universities are bracing for the return of tens of thousands of Chinese students to campus after the government announced an online study ban last week. On Sunday, the Chinese government announced an online learning ban for students enrolled in foreign universities. Universities Australia chief executive Catriona Jackson said around 40,000 Chinese students are expected to return to Australian campuses next semester. “Happening so close to the new academic year, there are obvious logistical issues that need to be worked through to ensure the smooth return of Chinese students,” Jackso ..read more
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The next step: the assignment marking bot? – opinion
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by Jim Mienczakowski, Greg Whateley
3d ago
Amazing new AI bots are now able to convincingly write cogent academic essays and assist in penning other student assignment tasks. The release of OpenAI’s ChatGPT has caused consternation in a higher education environment already struggling to sustain its own relevance and credibility and the first jerk of the knee response by Australia’s GO8 has been to foreshadow a return to paper and pen examinations.  It’s an obvious and sensible response – but one with financial implications – it involves providing examination hall real estate, invigilators, heating/ air conditioning and paper and p ..read more
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Australia signs international education treaty
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by Emilie Lauer
3d ago
Australia has signed its first international higher education treaty which recognises students’ education worldwide and improves studying opportunities abroad.  Last week, Education Minister Jason Clare and Skills Minister Brendan O’Connor announced Australia was the 21st country to join the UNESCO Global Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications concerning Higher Education.  The treaty ensures that domestic and international students who study in Australia will have their degrees recognised globally fairly and transparently.  Clare said Australia’s endorsement of the Glob ..read more
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Unis combat new AI cheating software
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by Eleanor Campbell
1w ago
A free AI tool has sparked fears over a dramatic spike in student plagiarism, but a technology expert says universities should learn to embrace new technologies. The release of ChatGPT in November 2022 stunned academics with its ability to generate unique, human-like text responses to a range of user prompts. The software was developed by Elon Musk’s for-profit company Open AI and has been described as a major disruptor to global education. Earlier this month, peak body Group of Eight (Go8) announced it will be "proactively tackling the emergence of AI" using new detection strategies. This inc ..read more
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Thousands of staff affected by QUT hack
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by Eleanor Campbell
1w ago
Thousands of staff at the University of Queensland had their personal information stolen in a ransomware attack last month. Around 2,500 current and former faculty members, including 67 students, had personal data stolen after hackers targeted a single storage drive in late December. This led the university to shut down all of its IT systems after ransomware notes threatening to publish “critical data” were sent through campus printers. In a written statement, QUT vice-chancellor Margaret Shiel said stolen data included personal information that could “assist in identity theft.” “We are obviou ..read more
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2023: setting goals to improve your academic career
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by Emilie Lauer
1w ago
An organisational behaviour expert has encouraged academics to set concrete goals this year to help advance their careers.  UNSW Professor Dr Peter Heslin said setting goals can help to direct focus, identify challenges and accomplish higher achievements.  “Goals can help meet the vast range of university expectations many of us encounter such as publishing more, in ways that we find viable, sustainable and worthwhile,” he said.  Heslin joined Campus Review to discuss the art of goal setting and how educators can keep themselves motivated during 202 ..read more
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Eating walnuts can reduce academic stress: study
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by Emilie Lauer
1w ago
Eating walnuts has proven effective to reduce academic stress, a new study by the University of South Australia says. The study, published in Nutrients in October 2022, suggests that consuming walnuts daily could promote overall-well being, counteract academic stress and improve sleep quality, particularly in women.  Co-lead author UniSA PhD candidate Mauritz Herselman said walnuts are ideal for students as they are an easy and natural ingredient to add to a diet.  “Academia is generally quite a competitive environment and there's always deadlines to meet, the pressure is constant ..read more
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