Education (841 Stories)

$10m for digital schools admin system


The ACT Government will spend up to $10 million developing a more efficient digital school administration system to improve interaction between families and schools and streamline administrative process.
ACT Minister for Education Shane Rattenbury said the new package would deliver a range of improvements to schools, including:
• An enhanced online enrolment experience so parents only need [...]

Budget 2016 | Fee deregulation scrapped but universities still face big cuts

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The Turnbull Government has abandoned full university fee deregulation but is still banking $2 billion in savings from higher education.
Scott Morrison’s maiden budget ditched the controversial proposal, citing community concerns and evidence about the financial impact on the FEE-HELP student loan scheme.  The proposal to allow universities to set their own course fees sparked claims [...]

UC signs 15-20 year, $1.7b deal for residence project

Stephen Parker

The University of Canberra has signed a $1.7 billion agreement with CIC Australia, Peet Limited’s Canberra-based subsidiary, for a multi-stage development of up to 3300 residences to be built on its Bruce campus over the next 15 to 20 years.
Peet Limited is a West Australian developer.
The residences will consist of townhouses and units, with the [...]

ANU seeks ACCC help in admissions centres stoush

Marine Hughes Warrington

The Australian National University has lodged a complaint with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission alleging anti-competitive behaviour by state-based university admissions centres.
ANU Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Professor Marnie Hughes Warrington said the University has raised anti-competition concerns with the ACCC after being denied membership of three state-based university admissions centres.
As Australia’s national university, around half [...]

UC appoints new Vice Chancellor: University of Toronto Vice President Professor H. Deep Saini

Professor H. Deep Saini

The University of Canberra has appointed plant physiologist and University of Toronto Vice President Professor H. Deep Saini to replace outgoing Vice Chancellor Professor Stephen Parker.
The University of Toronto is Canada’s top-ranked, largest and most research-intensive university, according to a statement from UC announcing the appointment today.
Professor Saini, a former doctoral student of the University [...]

Schmidt seeks to reinvigorate School of Music, announces consultation

Brian Schmidt

One month after succeeding Professor Ian Young as Vice-Chancellor of the Australian National University, Professor Brian Schmidt AC has announced a comprehensive community consultation on the ANU School of Music with the aim of reinvigorating it by 2017.
Professor Schmidt said the consultations would involve discussions with a wide range of interested parties and would be [...]

Which school model works best?

Rear view of elementary school children with raised arms.

With the kids heading back to school, I found myself wondering about the history of schooling in Australia and how we ended up with our current system in the ACT.
It turns out that having a society with a large proportion of convicts is a good way for governments to get involved in funding education. Schools [...]

School Holiday Workshops @ The National Archives of Australia

By 22 December 2015

[ 11 January 2016 to 15 January 2016. ] School Holiday Workshops
Learn some new tricks or a secret skill from the experts! Join us just for a day or a whole week of school holiday fun.
11 – 15 January 2016 | 10am – 12pm
Suitable for ages 8 to 12 years
Cost: $20 per workshop, or all five workshops for $80
National Archives of Australia
Queen Victoria Terrace
Parkes ACT

Monday [...]

Franklin P&C to fight housing proposal

By 2 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Franklin Proposal

Franklin residents are rallying to fight for community land behind their Early Childhood School as the government flags the possibility of using it for public housing instead of reserving it for the school’s possible future expansion.

P&C flyer
Government public notice

Franklin Early Childhood School P&C President Amy Thomas contacted RiotACT today to ask us to publish the [...]

UC ranks in top 100 unis under 50

By 24 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Stephen Parker

The University of Canberra is celebrating reaching one of its strategic plan’s goals two years early today after squeezing into the top 100 universities in the world under the age of 50.
The Quacquarelli Symonds rankings agency placed UC just inside in the top 100 universities in the 91-100 section of the list, which was announced [...]

Driver, aide stood down after pillow case allegations

Jay and Danielle McMahon

The bus driver and aide at the centre of allegations about mistreatment of a special needs child have been stood down and are longer driving students with special needs to and from school.
The ACT Government has also reminded a bus company contracted to transport children with special needs of its obligations to engage staff with [...]

Canberra Grammar to go co-ed

Canberra Grammar School

Private school parents and students in the capital are either celebrating or having conniptions today after learning the Canberra Grammar School will become a co-educational school from Year 3 to Year 12.
The news means Canberra girls will be able to take the HSC from 2018, an option previously unavailable to them.
Parents can apply for places [...]

Intensifying challenges in Canberra require leaders to pick up their pace

By 23 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

True leaders don’t walk the corridors of power – they stride.
The nation’s capital is where pivotal decisions are made, and it’s an ever-changing, high-pressure environment many aspire to being part of. It’s inspiring, exciting and can be extremely rewarding.
However, to be considered a serious player, an Executive MBA is now considered essential, and the QUT [...]

Public talk: Robotics

By 5 October 2015

[ 1 December 2015 at 5:30 pm; ]

Join us at the Academy as we explore our new public lecture series ‘Science Fiction Becomes Science Fact’

Our monthly talks will discuss the ways in which popular culture has often fuelled real life scientific discoveries.

In December, Professor Mary-Anne Williams will discuss Robotics, as she works with her research team in the Magic Lab to bring science fiction [...]

Public Talk: Quantum computing

By 30 September 2015

[ 10 November 2015 at 5:30 pm; ]

Join us at the Academy as we explore our new public lecture series ‘Science Fiction Becomes Science Fact’

Our monthly talks will discuss the ways in which popular culture has often fuelled real life scientific discoveries.

This month Professor Andrew White will discuss quantum computing and his current research which aims to explore and exploit the full [...]

ACT Education failing autistic students

By 27 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The Commonwealth Government has just released its final report on Evaluation of the More Support for Students with Disabilities Initiative 2012-2014. Sadly, the report shows that compared to most other states and territories, the ACT did very little to improve education outcomes for autistic students.
The number of Australian children formally diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder [...]

Celebrate Earth Science Week this October

By 24 September 2015
geoscience australia earth science week banner

[ 11 October 2015 to 17 October 2015. ]

Earth Science Week is taking place from 11 to 17 October 2015. This annual celebration promotes the importance and relevance of the geosciences to society.

There are many ways you can take part!

Join a behind the scenes tour of Geoscience Australia – 12-16 October
Take the Online Earth Science Quiz – coming soon
Host your own Earth Science [...]

Autism advocacy group loses confidence in ACT Government

By 22 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Advocacy group Speaking Out for Autism Spectrum Disorder (SOfASD) has passed a no confidence motion in Minister Joy Burch and the ACT Government. 
SOfASD advocates for autistic people in the ACT, including students diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
SOfASD members lost confidence in Minister Burch after she claimed that the recent abuse of an autistic student in an [...]

ANU now one of world’s top 20 universities

By 15 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
ANU Building and architecture

The Australian National University has climbed into the world’s top 20 universities and strengthened its position as Australia’s top-ranked university.
The latest QS World University Rankings for 2015-16 rated ANU as equal 19th in the world, up from 25 last year, and among the world’s great research and education institutions including Oxford, Cambridge and the great [...]

ACT Government finally responds to school cage incident

By 8 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

It’s been 165 days since the ACT Government discovered a cage was built in one of its schools for a 10-year-old student with autism.
We found out today that the school’s principal has been sacked, and will no longer be able to work at any ACT Government school. The inquiry, overseen at arm’s length from Minister Joy Burch’s office, found the [...]

Local leaders – Camilo Potocnjak Oxman and Rish Ratnam (Implement Imagination)

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Implement Imagination co-founder Camilo Potocnjak Oxman (pictured above, right) describes teaching as a very rewarding chronic condition.
“The thing about teaching is that it’s not a job, or even a vocation. It’s a chronic condition. You contract it at a certain point and then you have to deal with it for the rest of your life,” [...]

Public talk: Nanoscience – are nanoparticles alive?

By 26 August 2015

[ 6 October 2015 at 5:30 pm; ]

In the world of science fiction, nanotechnology is often shown as swarms of micro-machines that act without the need for human supervision. Much like their biological counterparts, these imagined devices even sometimes possess their own intelligence.

In this talk, Dr Amanda Barnard will take us through the latest advances in nanotechnology and answer the fantastic question: [...]

The case for smarter public school planning in the ACT


The ACT’s public school system is one we can be rightly proud of. However, as Canberra’s housing density increases, many of our city’s public schools are struggling to meet demand.
In the last few years, Belconnen and Bruce‘s populations have increased by a quarter. The number of 0-4 year olds in the area has increased by over [...]

Chifley Preschool spring fair

By 20 August 2015

[ 13 September 2015 at 10:00 am; ]

This just in:
Chifley Preschool Spring Fair, to be held at the preschool, 60 Maclaurin Cres, Chifley on Sunday September 13 2015 from 10am – 1.30pm.


Free night of edutainment

By 11 August 2015

The ANU Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition final
An 80,000 word research project would take nine hours to present. Their time limit . . . three minutes!
Join us for an evening of education and entertainment. Come along to the Australian National University (ANU) and see a snapshot of the amazing research projects that are being conducted on [...]

Geoscience Australia open day

By 7 August 2015
geoscience open day

[ 23 August 2015 at 10:00 am; ]

Geoscience Australia’s annual open day offers a diverse program of free hands-on activities, science displays and talks for all ages. Come along and learn about the exciting range of work carried out by Australia’s national geoscience agency.

See the robot which helps make your GPS more accurate, find out how earthquakes are detected, pan for gold, [...]

Public talk: Can we alter our genetic destiny?

By 1 August 2015

[ 1 September 2015 at 5:30 pm; ]

Science fiction giant Phillip K. Dick’s 1956 classic The Minority Report raised disturbing questions about how society might behave if we knew that the environment could alter our genetic destiny.

The field of epigenetics is now very much science fact: the finding that we may carry in our DNA the legacy of our ancestors’ environmental conditions [...]

Food forests, olive oil and ginger beer workshops this August

By 31 July 2015
canberra environment centre

The Canberra Environment Centre has launched a new set of workshops as part of the Sustainability Workshop Series.
Workshops are refreshingly relevant to the evolving Canberra ‘scene’; markets, fresh food and a good drop.
Topics include growing a food forest (4th August), making olive oil (a talk, 18 August), and making ginger beer with Garry Sully from [...]

Panel forum and book launch: Die in battle, Do not despair: the Indians on Gallipoli, 1915

By 30 July 2015
die in battle do not despair book

[ 5 August 2015 at 6:00 pm; ]

Join us at UNSW Canberra at ADFA on the 5th of August for a panel forum and launch of Professor Peter Stanley’s book: Die in battle, Do not Despair: the Indians on Gallipoli, 1915.

Panel forum?
Indians in the Gallipoli Campaign
Hosted by Mrs Manpreet Singh, Executive Producer, SBS

Reception and book launch?
Die in Battle, Do Not Despair: the Indians on Gallipoli, [...]

Participants wanted for road safety study

By 21 July 2015

I am an undergraduate Psychology student at the Australian National University and I am seeking participants to take part in my road safety study.
The objective of the study is to explore factors that influence drivers’ perception of safety in urban and rural driving environments. Participants will be asked to complete a computer-based questionnaire which includes [...]

Research project: Greater ease with dental treatment

By 15 July 2015

Feel nervous when due to see the dentist?  Or “just hate going”?  Tempted to put it off…and off again? Participate in a trial of therapeutic self-help technique shown to be helpful for many fears and phobias, and for reducing stress in measurable ways.
The trial is open to anyone less than comfortable with dental treatment.  Even [...]

Canberrans taking a microscopic invention to the world

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Hi fellow Canberrans!
We are three ANU engineering graduates who would like to share with you our invention!
In 2014, Dr Steve Lee from the Australian National University was awarded the ANSTO Eureka prize for most innovative use of technology.  We spent the next 12 months designing a device that can make his plastic lenses in the [...]

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