Budget bouquet

The NSW budget includes a bunch of money for applied research and translation (CMM yesterday), which rates a rave from the Academy of Technology and Engineering (via Twitter), “an exemplar of a forward-thinking, tech-powered strategy to increase prosperity.”  Premier Perrottet is looking good for the translation vote in the March election

There’s more in the Mail

In Features this morning

AI in teaching in is imminent. Josiah Koh (Open Polytechnic NZ), Michael Cowling and Meena Jha (CQU), and Kwong Nui Sim (Auckland UT) explain what’s about to go on as learning packages create the base for educational intelligence.

plus James Guthrie on what Uni Wollongong’s annual report reveals about the businesses it is in.

with, Understand reporting requirements for equity funding? Oh that it was so. There are new rules for evaluating the impact of initiatives. But fortunately, there are ways to find out what you need to know. Sonal Singh (UTS) and Nadine Zacharias (Swinburne U) explain in Commissioning Editor Sally Kift’s celebrated series, Needed now in learning and teaching.

And in Expert Opinion

The university teacher of the year awards are on again (thanks Universities Australia) which is good – but Australia’s great learning and teaching culture deserves more.  Liz Johnson (Deakin U) and Sally Kift (president, Australian Learning and Teaching Fellows) set out what could be done and what should be done to foster learning and teaching research and achievements. HERE

Tim Winkler (Twig Marketing) has been to a bunch of open-days to find that they can present what managements like to see,  which isn’t necessarily what prospective students want to hear. In CMM, Tim talks about where open days are and where they need to be. HERE

Comparisons, undoubtedly odious

The Fair Work Ombudsman is investigating eleven universities over staff payment, according to Nine Newspapers Tuesday

Maybe they are all new – or maybe three have come off the Ombudsman’s list last year of 14 (CMM October 11 2021).

The FWO reports universities and “large corporates” are on its priority sectors list, which also includes sham contracting and contract cleaning.

Where community need tops publishing prestige

Wbile English-speaking research domains use the article processing charge model, publishing is done differently in other languages

Bianca Kramer and Cameron Neylon analyse open access research publications for the excellent COKI (as in Curtin U’s Open Knowledge Initiative).

They report that of English language research articles in OA journals only 21 per cent are in ones that don’t set APCs. But in other languages 86 per cent are not APC.

“ As is often the case, innovation rooted in community needs is more common away from traditional centres of prestige,” they write.

Umultirank released for 2022

It covers 2202 HE institutions from 96 countries, including 40 from Australia and six from Zealand

 Umultirank designed for prospective students wondering where will work for them, not uni marketers in need of spinnable numbers.

Indeed, UMr rejects the premise of rankings,  “there’s no such thing as the best university in the world. What’s best depends on who you are, what you want from your student experience, and even what you want from life.”

But it still rates institutions by relevance, by selecting the ones that meet users’ choice of criteria. And it relies, like rankings, on institutional data, metrics and surveys.

OA of the day

Hooray for Erich C. Fein, John Gilmour, Tanya Machin and Liam Hendry

The University of Southern Queensland team have created, Statistics for Research Students which is, for all to access, here. It is said to replace a commercial text. CMM has no idea what that is, but print works on the subject can cost $100-$200 and e-books up to $100.

Appointments, achievements

The Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering has $41m from the feds for the “Elevate: Boosting women in STEM.” It announces an advisory group of “STEM champions,” including, * Marguerite Evans-Galea AM STEM Careers Strategy, (the Academy) * Shanan Gillies (Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources) * Marlene Kanga (the Academy) * Beata Khaidurova (patent attorneys FB Rice) * Scarlet Kong (DMTC, ormerly known as the Defence Materials Technology Centre) * Jan Mason (Chief Executive Women) * Morley Muse (Women in STEMM Australia) * Adi Paterson (the Academy) * Udani Reets (Women in Leadership Development) * Luke Sheehy (Australian Technology Network) * Lisa Harvey-Smith (Women in STEM Ambassador) * Frazer Thorpe (Cooperative Research Australia) * Sumeet Walia – (Science & Technology Australia) * Kylie Walker – (the Academy) * Julie Wheway (commercialisation advisor, gemaker) *Sally-Ann Williams (Cicada Innovations).

The PM announced public service leadership appointments yesterday, Michele Bruniges stays at Education while Industry, Science and Resources is tbc.

Nic Smith will be the next VC of Victoria University of Wellington. He will leave QUT, where he is provost in September.

Uni Sydney’s United States Studies Centre announces appointments to its board of directors, Michael Green (USSC MD) and Kirsten Andrews (the university’s Vice Principal, External Relations). CMM is sure Ms Andrews’ billing as Vice Chancellor for External Relations will have been fixed by this morning,

The WA Government’s Future Healthsearch and Innovation Fund announces fellowships for researchers who were near-misses for National Health and Medical Research Council funding. The NHMRC-equivalent $600 000 awards are to undertake the research winners pitched to the ARC.  The fellows are, Hannah Moore (Curtin U), Stephen Macdonald (UWA), Marc Sim (Edith Cowan U) and Anna Waterreus (UWA).