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D'Agostino, Fred; Greste, Peter – Australian Universities' Review, 2021
It is easy to confuse academic freedom with freedom of speech, but it is illuminating to consider the responsibilities that frame academic freedom and thus distinguish it from the less constrained freedoms to speak that characterise our roles as citizens of democratic societies. In particular, scholars and scientists are subject to standards of…
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, Freedom of Speech, Journalism, Democracy
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Watts, Rob – Australian Universities' Review, 2021
In November 2018, the Australian Government commissioned Robert French, a former Chief Justice of the High Court, an active scholar and Chancellor of the University of Western Australia, to report on the state of academic freedom in Australian universities. In particular, French was also asked to assess the effectiveness of university policies and…
Descriptors: Universities, Academic Freedom, Judges, Administrator Attitudes
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Schröder-Turk, Gerd E. – Australian Universities' Review, 2021
The governing boards of Australian public universities, known as Senates or Councils, are bodies with broad legislated powers. The composition of these bodies is crucial to ensuring sound strategic management of universities and maintaining academic standards. The key aspect of Council processes in Western Australian (WA) that this article seeks…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Administration, Governing Boards, Administrators
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Bonnell, Andrew G. – Australian Universities' Review, 2021
Traditionally, threats to academic freedom are associated with repressive government actions, and sometimes also with compliant university managers. In democracies, academic freedom can be undermined in more subtle ways. Where public funding for university research and teaching has diminished, universities have increasingly pursued relationships…
Descriptors: Corporations, Academic Freedom, Educational Finance, Universities
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Lewis, Robert – Australian Universities' Review, 2021
Launched in 2010 by the Gillard Labor Government, the Australian Tertiary Admissions Rankings (ATAR) system is the first national unified system for reporting the educational attainment of successive cohorts of Year 12 school leavers. The system is widely regarded as fit for purpose, being both predictive of academic success and rates of…
Descriptors: High School Graduates, Educational Attainment, Foreign Countries, Grade 12
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Stein, Sharon – Australian Universities' Review, 2021
Conversations about academic freedom are never just about protecting the intellectual rigour of academic knowledge as an abstract object; they are also about the relational rigour of how, by whom, and to what ends that knowledge is produced, transmitted, circulated, and ultimately impacts both humans and other-than-human beings (Stein, in Lobo et…
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, Higher Education, Cognitive Processes, College Faculty
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Hil, Richard – Australian Universities' Review, 2021
Despite mounting evidence, universities continue to insist that academic freedom -- one of the most cherished of all tertiary values -- remains an immutable part of institutional life. After all, how can the modern university retain its image as a bastion of free, critical thought if academies are muzzled? Still, as the manageriat likes to remind…
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, Universities, Foreign Countries, Neoliberalism
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Rea, Jeannie – Australian Universities' Review, 2021
The attacks on university staff and students engaged in teaching, researching and speaking out against the state, military and religious powers, and for fairness, democracy, and equality, are increasing. As has been noted by many academics and commentators, liberal democratic principles of free speech and movement, alongside academic freedom, are…
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, Educational Finance, College Students, Foreign Countries
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Richards, Anne – Australian Universities' Review, 2021
This paper engages with current debate on the role of the university following COVID-19, exposing the ongoing corruption of traditional values of the tertiary sector, and the shift in teaching and learning expectations across the academy. It highlights the negative impact of the huge decline in government funding since the 1990s, salary inequity,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Universities, College Role, COVID-19
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Goriss-Hunter, Anitra; White, Kate – Australian Universities' Review, 2021
This article reports on the findings of a study that explored the benefits and challenges for women of working at an Australian regional university in early 2020 before the COVID-19 pandemic. It examines whether living and working at a regional university with dispersed campuses presented particular challenges for women and whether it had an…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teamwork, Universities, Professional Personnel
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Tomlinson, Michael – Australian Universities' Review, 2021
To what extent do higher education regulators and quality agencies need to assess the level of scholarship in universities and other higher education providers? To answer this question, we need to address the following issues: What is scholarship and why does it need to be upheld? Does it feature in higher education quality standards and codes,…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Scholarship, Constructivism (Learning), College Faculty
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Burns, Edgar A.; Rajcan, Adam – Australian Universities' Review, 2021
In this article, we investigated the publishing practices of Australian sociology PhD students during enrolment. It examines a five-year cohort of PhD completions 2013-17 from sociology departments and interdisciplinary schools of social sciences for all Australian universities. The key question considered is: do sociology PhD students publish in…
Descriptors: Writing for Publication, Doctoral Students, Doctoral Dissertations, Periodicals
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Sherratt, Sue – Australian Universities' Review, 2021
Ostracism in the academic workplace has not received attention commensurate with its frequency and seriousness. One of the more detailed models of workplace ostracism incorporates the organisational antecedents of ostracism, its pragmatic and psychological impact and behavioural outcomes. Using a detailed written account of experiences within an…
Descriptors: Alienation, Rejection (Psychology), Group Dynamics, Bullying
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Aspland, Tania; Datta, Poulomee; Talukdar, Joy – Australian Universities' Review, 2021
This research explored the academic and non-academic lived experiences of higher degree onshore international doctoral students studying in one Australian university. While the academic dimension of experiences included curricular, resource, research and supervision issues, the non-academic dimension focussed on students' inter-personal…
Descriptors: Student Adjustment, Foreign Countries, Doctoral Students, Foreign Students
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Andrew, Martin – Australian Universities' Review, 2020
At a time when universities internationally participate in continual processes of restructuring, repositioning and reprioritising, calls for 'voluntary' redundancy among teaching and learning staff become frequent events. Australian and New Zealand academics, whose stories inform this study, have, particularly, been made subject to severance,…
Descriptors: Financial Problems, Retrenchment, Job Layoff, Foreign Countries
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