Universities Australia accentuates the positive

UA isn’t endorsing the government’s student place funding (and related) bill, but it isn’t building a barricade against it

Australia’s universities are pleased the government has heard the sector by making changes” Chair Deborah Terry says. She points to positives, including;

* “legislative protection” for funding of student places

* a three-year transition fund

* “adjustment in fees for psych and social work students

“Education Minister Tehan has recognised the need to meet an increase in demand for student places,” Professor Terry (Uni Queensland VC) adds.

Neatly done. It’s enough for the minister to use with cross-benchers but not so much as will upset every HE lobby which thinks the bill is a bunch of bad ideas.

UA follows, up to a point, the Regional Universities Network which, “fully supports the timely passage of the bill,” (CMM August 26).