The Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations (CAPA) warns that the damaging $173.7M cut to Research Training Scheme (RTS) funding and the associated new fee on research degrees included in the Higher Education Research Reforms bill (HERR) have not been dropped, or even mentioned in the Minister for Education and Training’s last last minute attempts to ‘create a clear choice for [the] Senate’.
The Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations (CAPA) is celebrating an enthusiastic response from the new Senate to their No Fees on PhDs campaign, with seven Senators in two days pledging to vote against Research Training Scheme cuts.
The postgraduate students community at Griffith University is pleased that Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has promised to set aside $10.9 million for a safety education program following the murder of French student Sophie Collombet near the William Jolly Bridge on March 28.
Australians like to learn. According to data provided by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), last year alone an estimated 2.9 million people were enrolled in formal study. Approximately 1.2 million of these students were working towards a bachelor, master or even a doctoral degree at one of Australia’s universities.
In response to plans by the Abbott Government to cut higher education funding, Vice Chancellor Ian O’Connor has vowed that Griffith University will maintain tuition fees at the current level for domestic undergraduate coursework students enrolling in the 2014 mid-semester intake.
A new personal safety campaign targeting international students will begin screening in a Brisbane cinema complex, months after two high-profile killings of foreign students.
Higher Degree by Research students are being asked to foot the bill for their Masters and PhD qualifications as a result of the 2014-15 Federal Budget, with the Research Training Scheme to be slashed by $173.7 million and RTS places added to the HELP scheme from 1 January 2016.