Tag Archives: funding

Research funding for casuals

Research funding for casuals

I can’t save you There are serious structural problems in universities worldwide. The number of permanently employed staff is shrinking. The number of precariously employed staff (casual, adjunct, paid by the hour) is increasing. I can’t change that. This situation isn’t getting any better. It gets worse. Unionism (like the National Tertiary Education Union in Australia) […] … learn more→

The new North-South divide: public higher education

The new North-South divide: public higher education

The headlines have been pounding out a drumbeat of angst and activism over such reminders of contentious division as Confederate flags at the universities of Alabama and Mississippi and statues of southern soldiers from the same era at the universities of Texas, Mississippi, and North Carolina. But some campuses in this region are part of […] … learn more→

Are bonds the right way for your university to fund investment?

Are bonds the right way for your university to fund investment?

As with clothes, holiday destinations and cars, corporate finance is subject to fashions and fads. The latest one in the higher education sector is for bonds to fund investment. But one size doesn’t fit all, and an ill-fitting finance product is far harder to fix than an ill-fitting suit. For those looking for long-term funding […] … learn more→

How does being second-last in the OECD for public funding affect our unis?

Australia aspires to have some of the best universities in the world. Australians expect their universities to feature in global rankings – where there is a strong correlation between money spent and ranking achieved. Student numbers are increasing, while Australians continue to advocate for equitable access to higher education. But, as a nation, are we […] … learn more→

Higher Ed needs more cash, not more catchwords

California’s public higher education systems are plagued by years of funding cuts. Everyone knows that. All the clever ideas – the silver bullets that will “save” us – collapse in the face of one simple fact. Nobody can deliver quality higher education on the cheap. We need to fund our state universities. Critics of public […] … learn more→