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Education (816 Stories)

Doszpot still surprised he’s not in government

By 17 September 2013

The Liberals’ Steve Doszpot is astonished that the Government has resolutely not implemented his policies on Autism:
Shadow Minister for Education Steve Doszpot has condemned ACT Labor for refusing to provide a specialised early intervention service for families with autistic children, but has congratulated the University of Canberra which is in the final planning stages of [...]

UC wants help filling in its open spaces

By 16 September 2013

The UC Vice Chancellor’s blog has a thrilling invitation to industry to help fill in the campus.
It’s a speech heavy on ungainly metaphors. One has to wonder why medieval cathedral towns would be the inspiration for the UC of the future and not, perhaps, medieval universities? (And I’m pretty sure “cloud” is used to mean [...]

Hunting the dark matter in three minutes

By 16 September 2013

ANU has just posted this for our edification:
Did you know we can only see 15% of the universe? The other 85% is known as dark matter and cannot be observed directly. So how do we study something we can’t see?
In this video, Suryashree Aniyan condenses her PhD down to three minutes for the Three [...]

Tuck shop reforms

By 16 September 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Joy Burch has announced the outcomes of the loftily titled “High Level Ministerial Taskforce on Canteens”:
“The 2013-14 ACT Budget committed $200,000 to support our school canteens, and the Taskforce’s report gives us clear direction on how we can use these funds to simplify canteen operations for schools and families,” Ms Burch said.
“The $200,000 for Canteen [...]

Learn Sign Language in Canberra?

By 15 September 2013

I was wondering if anyone could tell me if there is anywhere that teaches Auslan (Australian Sign Language) in Canberra.
I know that CIT used to offer a night class but it seems to not run anymore which is really disappointing.
I have been interested in learning this for such a long time and am [...]

Teaching the NAPLAN test like nobody’s business!

By 13 September 2013

Joy Burch is celebrating sterling results by the ACT’s children:
ACT Minister for Education and Training welcomed the report by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA), which conducts the national testing, which shows that mean scores of ACT students were top or equal top across 17 of the 20 areas tested, relative to other [...]

You cannot live without chemicals. Lecture at the ANU

By 12 September 2013

[ 13 September 2013 to 14 September 2013. ] One of my favourite pieces of stupidity is people who try and live “chemical free”.

It’s by far the most wonderfully ridiculous of all the ‘new age’ nonsense that people like to sprout.

Short of ejecting their consciousness from their bodies and floating around some astral plane, I really don’t see it happening.

Peter Wothers is presenting a [...]

Joy Burch opens Franklin Early Childhood School

By 11 September 2013

Today Joy Burch officially opened the new state-of-the-art Franklin Early Childhood School.
I imagine this was somewhat confusing to the students and staff of Franklin Early Childhood School, as they’ve been working/learning there since February.
Ms Burch said the $30.1 million school, along with the $50.4 million Neville Bonner school that also opened this year, are examples [...]

ANU still in the top 30

By 10 September 2013

Vice Chancellor Young is celebrating ANU’s ongoing place at the top of the QS World University Rankings:
The QS World University Rankings 2013/2014 released this morning show that ANU remains among the top 30 universities in the world, ranked 27th globally.
While rankings are imperfect measures and jump around year-to-year (we ranked 24th in 2012 and [...]

ANU researcher looking to take back eucalyptus oil crown

By 9 September 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

A PhD student at the ANU is looking to make Australia known as the producer of the finest eucalyptus oil in all the lands.
It is rather interesting to hear we are not the biggest producer of eucalyptus oils.
Australia is being beaten at its own game.
The emblematic eucalyptus is grown in enormous quantities overseas, meaning Australia [...]

Robyn Williams presents: Promise of miracles? The popularity, politics and future of science

By 8 September 2013

In episode one of Radio National’s The Science Show, hosted by Robyn Williams AM, the publisher of Scientific American said there was a stampede away from science. Was there? On 31 August 2013, almost two thousand episodes later, The Science Show celebrated its 38th birthday, and is still going strong.
Robyn has witnessed firsthand how [...]

Vietnamese language #2

By 7 September 2013

For anyone with a little background in Vietnamese, basic study or equivalent, Centre for Continuing Education at ANU are running Beginning Vietnamese 2 starting early October. One night a week for 9 weeks $269. Minimum class size to proceed, register your interest ASAP. If class size doesn’t meet the minimum no charge! Get [...]

Katy Gallagher meets with Mayor of Beijing Wang Anshun

By 5 September 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Katy Gallagher met with the Mayor of Beijing Wang Anshun today as a part of her StudyCanberra delegation visit to China.
Chief Minister Katy Gallagher today met with Mayor of Beijing Wang Anshun as part of her StudyCanberra delegation visit to China.
“It is with great pleasure that I met with the Mayor of Beijing nearing the [...]

Platypus spotting in Quangers

By 4 September 2013

The Queanbeyan City Council is making it known they’re offering platypode spotting walks:
Twilight Platypus Spotting
There will be free twilight platypus walks held during the Spring months, starting from the Suspension bridge at the bottom of Isabella St, Queanbeyan. All you need is a good pair of walking shoes, warm clothes and the time to walk [...]

Niraj Lal wins ACT Young Tall Poppy Science Award

By 3 September 2013

The Tall Poppy Science Awards recognise the outstanding achievements of Australia’s scientific researchers and communicators.
Dr Niraj Lal won the 2013 ACT Young Tall Poppy Science Award and The Australian National University Medal for the ACT Young Tall Poppy of the year.
Dr Lal’s research in nanophotonics, photovoltaics and renewable energy impressed the judges.
Along with his research [...]

Canberra youth to learn the Huawei way…

By 2 September 2013

Chief MInister Gallagher has announced she’s deepening Canberra’s ties with the People’s Liberation Army subsidiary tech giant Huawei (which has been banned from working on the NBN for national security reasons):
Chief Minister Katy Gallagher today secured an agreement with Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei for local ACT students and academics to study and learn with the [...]

ANU students pile up bodies to protest dying tutorials

By 2 September 2013

ANU students continue to show their dissatisfaction with the ANU administration.
Upset with what they view as a failure on behalf of the administration to fund tutorials, provide decent conditions for staff, and hold “genuine consolation” with concerned parties, the students of ANU decided to crash Deputy Vice Chancellor Marnie Hughes Warrington’s opening address at the [...]

Skywhale at UC

By 1 September 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

The Centenary team have sent in some pictures from Skywhale’s outing at the University of Canberra yesterday.
Hi John
We thought you might like to see these Skywhale photos from this morning at the UC Open Day. Skywhale’s number 1 fan, Adam, travelled from Sydney to see her. He also went to Dark Mofo in Hobart to [...]

Revolting ANU Arts Students

By 30 August 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

This just in:
On Wednesday the 28th of August at the Student Forum, the ANU Education Action Group presented a list of demands to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Marnie Hughes Warrington and the Dean of the College of Arts and Social Sciences Toni Makkai.
With School Staff being excluded from [...]

ANU abandoning humanities for space

By 29 August 2013

As the Australian National University makes does away with pesky messy humanities it’s good to hear the focus is turning to a place with a vanishingly small presence of messy meatbags, space:
A multimillion dollar Space and Spatial Innovation Partnership, to be headquartered at Mount Stromlo, will create industry growth and jobs.
Federal funding was announced [...]

Community Consultation on what to do with clever kids

By 26 August 2013

Joy Burch announced that the ACT Government will begin community consultation soon on their review of the 2008 ACT’s policy for gifted and talented students.
The review policy is designed to educate schools and families as to the best way to supporting the gifted and talented.

“We want to ensure that it continues to meet the needs [...]

Greater Britannia Rules and lifts ANU with it

By 26 August 2013

The Australian National University is proudly announcing that its journal Britain and the World is bringing them much credit:
Thousands of history journals hit the press every year, but ANU proudly hosts the top journal in the field in Australia: Britain and the World.
This journal, now six years old, has been ranked in the Thomson [...]

Panel reviewing non-government school approvals

By 23 August 2013

Today Joy Burch announced a panel which will be providing advice as a part of a review of the in-principle approval process for non-government schools in the ACT.
Still following me?
Craig Curry and Narelle Hargreaves, who both have extensive education backgrounds, have agreed to analyse the submissions from interested groups about the current processes.
“They both bring [...]

ANU on where it gets its money from

By 22 August 2013

Vice-Chancellor Ian Young has produced a video in an effort to educate people on how the ANU makes and spends its money. Worth a look if you’ve been following this whole budget saga unfold.
In this video the Vice-Chancellor explains the University’s budget model. Budgets are allocated across the University using a formula where colleges receive [...]

THINK CANBERRA bringing conferences to Canberra

By 22 August 2013

Katy Gallagher yesterday launched the THINK CANBERRA Conference Support Program, a cunning plan designed to lure international conferences to Canberra, presumably using CAPITAL LETTERS as bait.
THINK CANBERRA is an initiative of the Canberra Convention Bureau.
“THINK CANBERRA is not just about $10,000 to bid for or put on a conference. It’s about the enormous expertise and [...]

NTEU unanimously endorse action industrial action against ANU

By 21 August 2013

The ANU members of the National Tertiary Education Union unanimously endorsed a protected action ballot yesterday to further their claims for decent salaries and workloads in response to the new ANU Enterprise Agreement.
The application for this ballot will be lodged today for the bans and stoppages endorsed by the meeting. On the advice [...]

UC hosts crystal growing competition

By 21 August 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

More than 3,000 kids have created their own crystals to compete in UC’s crystal growing competition, which is a pretty fantastic thing.
The crystals will be displayed at Questacon also, which is another pretty fantastic thing.

ANU establishes new chair

By 21 August 2013

A new industry sponsored chair was announced today at the ANU.
The Sirtex chair (funded by Sirtex Medical Limited) will be held by Professor Ross Stephens will focus on research into localised cancer treatments.
Sirtex has made a commitment to sponsor the Chair for a total of up to three million dollars over three years.
ANU Vice-Chancellor Professor [...]

Chifley Preschool Spring Fair

By 20 August 2013

[ 8 September 2013 at 10:00 am; ]

This just in:

Chifley Preschool Spring Fair, to be held at the preschool, 60 Maclaurin Cres, Chifley on Sunday September 8 from 10am – 2pm.

There will be sausages, miso soup, jumping castle, ice cream, espresso coffee, cake stall, second hand books and toys, craft stall, hair spray and fake tattoos.

We will also [...]

ANU claiming crack-proof encryption

By 19 August 2013

Courageous ANU Researchers are claiming to have perfected encryption:
Current encryption systems have flaws – as ASIO and Sony can no doubt tell you. But QuintessenceLabs – a cyber security company developed by ANU researchers – has invented a crack-proof encryption system that has been attracting attention from some of the world’s largest organisations.
Secret codes [...]

ANU Three Minute Thesis Final

By 19 August 2013

[ 18 September 2013 at 6:30 pm; ] The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition: 80,000 word research projects presented in just three minutes!

Join us for an evening of education and entertainment.

Come along to ANU for an hour and see a snapshot of the amazing research projects that are being conducted on the campus by PhD students.

On the night, watch eleven [...]

Learning difficulties

By 16 August 2013

Joy Burch has announced her response to the Taskforce on Students with Learning Difficulties Final Report.
The ACT Education and Training Directorate will improve training and support for teachers so they can better support students with learning difficulties, in response to a taskforce’s report.
ACT Minister for Education and Training Joy Burch said the Government had agreed [...]

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