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Perth students take to the street to protest budget cuts to education

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By Rebecca Trigger Students have taken to the streets in Perth this afternoon as part of a national protest against plans to overhaul the education system which they say will make it accessible only to the elite. Students are rallying around the country against measures including the deregulation of university fees, which they say will push costs up. With chants ... Read More »

Australia: Regional unis feel the heat from budget changes

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As students hold a day of protest against changes to higher education, regional universities have spoken out against the budget, fearing they and their students will be out in the cold. Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his education minister Christopher Pyne were forced to abandon a visit to Deakin University in Geelong, Victoria, over security concerns as protests kicked off ... Read More »

Education Minister Christopher Pyne announces support for fee competition among universities

Leader of the House Christopher Pyne during House of Representatives question time at Parliament House in Canberra, Monday, March 24, 2014. (AAP Image/Daniel Munoz) NO ARCHIVING

By James Glenday Federal Education Minister Christopher Pyne says he supports allowing universities to compete on price, in what is the strongest indication yet that the Government is moving towards deregulating university fees. In a speech to a private audience at Monash University, Mr Pyne said the nation’s higher education institutions would struggle to join the ranks of the world’s ... Read More »

Fee hikes could lose money, NTEU warns in lead up to National Day of Action

The National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) supports the National Union of Students (NUS) National Day of Action (NDA) to be held Wednesday 26 March. The NDA will give voice to concerns over the $2.3 billion of damaging cuts to higher education and student financial support being proposed by the government. Students are also protesting against possible increases to HECS-HELP (fee ... Read More »

Universities back ban on payday loan ads

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Universities are banning adverts by payday lenders on campus over fears they could add to students’ debts. Northampton, Northumbria and Swansea universities have backed a campaign by the National Union of Students, which wants more to follow their lead. Pete Mercer, the union’s national vice-president for welfare, said: ‘Students are struggling to make ends meet and this is having an ... Read More »

Scottish universities to accept poorer children whose exam grades fall short

By Christopher Marshall Children from poor backgrounds will be able to go to university despite not having the grades under new plans to increase access to higher education in Scotland. Scotland on Sunday has learned that every university in the country is set to “contextualise” new entrants, taking into account a candidate’s background rather than simply refusing a place based ... Read More »

Sharp fall in number of UK university students

By Zach Reed The number of students applying for universities in the UK has dropped by 8.9 percent compared to last year. The decline is a direct result of the tripling of tuition fees to £9,000 for students beginning their studies this autumn. The latest figures come from the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Tuition fees of £1,000 a ... Read More »

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