Acting Melbourne University vice-chancellor Margaret Sheil has warned that the Federal Government’s higher education reforms could have “a major impact” on the university, putting at risk its unique degree model that encourages students to undertake post-graduate study.

Philanthropy has become a top priority for Australia’s universities amid federal funding uncertainty, with specialist staff numbers rising sharply and pressure on senior leadership to court big donors.

Teaching Australian school children about sustainability appears to be a case of hit and miss despite a decade-long push to make it a priority across the national curriculum.

Academics, journalists and aid workers are often called upon to go where others fear to tread. Krati Garg reports on efforts to keep them safe in the field, including an innovative university subject and new technology. 

A web-based app that teaches 8-to-10 year-olds about racism and discrimination will be available for use in primary schools from next month.

Australia is a popular destination for students looking to study abroad, with international enrolments accounting for one-in-every-four places in undergraduate courses across the country.


Melbourne University has extended the term of Glyn Davis, ending speculation that the innovative vice-chancellor was poised to become the new head of the ABC.

Making school safe and more inclusive has become a mantra for Overnewton College, reports Rachel Furolo.

A talented group of primary school students in Footscray have written and produced their own magazine. But beware, their tales carry a sting, reports Kate Stanton.

The State Government has again ignored the pleas of frustrated parents for a school in Melbourne’s Docklands, despite investing $500 million for new schools in growth areas.