Author Archives: AAUP Administrators

A Commentary on the Proposed Merger of The University of Adelaide and University of South Australia

Merger Issues Mergers worldwide — such as the California State University System 50 years ago — are often introduced in response to a crisis of rapid population growth and huge unmet demand in a particular State or region. That is … Continue reading

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PUBLIC HEARINGS ON UNIVERSITY BUDGETS,GOVERNANCE AND PERFORMANCE

PUBLIC HEARINGS ON UNIVERSITY BUDGETS,GOVERNANCE AND PERFORMANCE

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Submission to the Australian Universities Accord

Submission to the Australian Universities Accord

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Open Letter to the Government Dear Prime Minister Albanese

The current composition of the Australian Universities Accord Panel and Reference Group gives professional academic staff no distinct voice. The academic staff and students are not a mere stakeholder group but ARE the University (as specified under the relevant state … Continue reading

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AAUP’S RESPONSE TO THE CENSORSHIP OF ARC

6 January 2022 The Acting Minister of Education, the Hon Stuart Robert MP, has vetoed the funding of six Australian Research Council’s (ARC) Discovery Project applications. These projects out of 3500 applications had been approved for funding by the ARC’s … Continue reading

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AAUP recommends reform of the Freedom of Speech Act

Recently, the Higher Education Support Amendment (Freedom of Speech) Act came into force and Minister Tudge is calling on all universities to implement it. However, there are serious issues with the Act, as explained below. We encourage all AAUP chapters to seek out their … Continue reading

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University Management and Academic Freedom

In 2019, Murdoch University management sued one of their own academic staff members for damages after Associate Professor Gerd Schroeder-Turk publicly expressed concern over the welfare of international students and admissions standards at the University. The action was withdrawn in … Continue reading

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Academic Freedom

Academic Freedom   Academic freedom is the freedom to conduct research, publish research outcomes, teach and make public comment within general areas of expertise, without improper interference or restriction from governments, corporations, managerial interventions, from institutional regulation, or from public … Continue reading

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Management is not “The University”

letters@smh.com.au Dear Editor, Management is not “The University” The Australian Association of University Professors (AAUP) notes with interest the ongoing debate regarding the proposed University funding overhaul, including your recent article about the support for the government proposal from UTAS: … Continue reading

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Job-ready Graduates Package — draft legislation submission

Job-ready Graduates Package — draft legislation submission https://docs.education.gov.au/node/54992

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