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30 April 2012, by Associate Professor Elaine Stratford

In early 2004 I returned to normal duties following six months in Canada on sabbatical and found I had been nominated to serve as Deputy Head of School. At the time, I was a mid-level senior lecturer, engaged in coordinating the School’s honours and postgraduate programs, committed to working a fraction of my time as one of six ‘theme area’ coordinators for the University of Tasmania – focused upon community, place and change, and the mother of two boys then aged 12 and 8.
In mid-2005, when the Head and Professor went on study leave, I stepped up to Acting Head. Half way through his six months’ leave, he advised – after nearly a decade at the helm – that he wished to return to the ‘rank and file’ at the completion of his own sabbatical.
 

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The Graduate Longitudinal Study New Zealand at Baseline

27 April 2012, by Professor Richie Poulton

Measuring graduate outcomes has always been an important undertaking for universities and government policy makers worldwide. However, despite anecdotal evidence that a university education has an ongoing impact on many aspects of a graduate’s life, much of this work to date has been focused on employment outcomes in particular, has been specific to individual universities or has examined student experiences at a single point in time.

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Student and Teaching Staff Trends in Selected Australian Universities Part 2

26 April 2012, by Professor Emeritus Frank Larkins

Australian Universities with coursework enrolments between 25,000 and 40,000 students in 2010 have been examined for their staffing responses. There are eleven universities in this group and their average student number growth over the period since 2000 was 55 per cent and the average EFTSL growth 41%. These universities responded with an average FTE staff growth (TO+T&R+casuals) of only 24%. Wollongong, Newcastle and Macquarie, all NSW universities, had the largest increases in student numbers.

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