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“Why should we trust you?” and other questions worth asking

Jul 18, 2017

“Never lose a holy curiosity,” said Einstein. With something as critical as a student's education, we are always asked about our operations, processes, and our subject-specialists. So we popped the hood on the engine that is YourTutor, during an on-stage Q&A session at the STARS Conference.

Unis, Start-Ups, & Indigenous Education: #UAConf2017 Recap

Mar 9, 2017

Universities Australia (UA), the peak body representing Australia’s public universities, held its 9th conference in Canberra last week, and for those of us who can recall the early days of the event, this year’s gathering represented a stunning transformation, including wonderful performances.

Enrolment ≠ Success: How Unis Are Beginning to Address the Student Retention Challenge

Mar 10, 2016

The fate of the ATAR score is out in the open at the Universities Australia 2016 conference in Canberra this week.

Thankfully this discussion moves the focus from the “system” to real people: students as individuals with diverse, personal circumstances.

University Students As Stars: How To Prevent Them Fading Before It's Too Late

Jul 2, 2015

How do you prevent students dropping out of first year at university? Timing is everything, according to British university studies. So, when exactly is "just-in-time"?

A Solution to "Degrees of Deception": The obligation to international students

Apr 28, 2015
Earlier this week the ABC aired an investigation into Australia's universities entitled " Degrees of Deception." 
 
As the title suggests, the report dug into an issue that's been known about for years, though not often discussed: The conflict of interest that sits at the centre of much of the international student recruitment and education business.

Why our universities need to speed up the inevitable

Mar 16, 2015

In Geoffrey Moore’s seminal book ‘Crossing the Chasm’ he powerfully describes the adoption of new technology products by different user groups, and the “chasm” that exists between early adopters and the pragmatists that form the early majority.

While attending this week’s Universities Australia conference I was encouraged to see that many higher education executives have moved past a begrudging acceptance that our traditional university model must change.