HIGHER EDUCATION INDEXATION REVISION
The Go8 has welcomed new indexation arrangements for higher education which will deliver an additional $2.6 billion to universities over five years. Taken together with the increased funding for the indirect costs of research, the new indexation arrangement is a significant recurrent funding improvement. It will have accumulating benefits across a range of programs relating to university teaching and research.
Getlearning.com.au, 16 March 2015
By getlearning.com.au editor
The Federal Government’s decision to delink its 20% of funding cuts for Australia’s universities – and the future of NCRIS research funding - from the vital fee deregulation legislation is sensible, and is welcomed by the Go8.
11 MARCH 2014
Responding to the Government’s review of the demand driven system, the Group of Eight has made a series of suggestions about options to secure the long-term future of university education in Australia, to provide access to students from lower socioeconomic, rural and regional backgrounds, and better fund research.
Go8 Chair, Paul Greenfield responds to Federal Budget
One week before the Federal Budget I summed up my expectations for higher education as "treading water". Given the tough economic circumstances and some pre-budget nervousness about areas including health and medical research, universities might now be feeling a little more buoyant than I had expected.
This is the third infrastructure survey conducted by the Go8, focusing on the state of the buildings and infrastructure at the Go8 universities. This most recent survey collated data relating to aspects of the estate not previously explored, including leasing arrangements, space utilisation, parking, and transportation modes.
The Group of Eight (Go8) has commended Senator Kim Carr’s achievements as the Minister responsible for Research.
Today’s Cabinet reshuffle sees Senator Carr taking on the position of Minister for Manufacturing; and Minister for Defence Materiel.
The Group of Eight commends the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research, Senator the Hon Chris Evans, for his efforts to prevent Budget cuts in higher education and research. However two key problems remain – inadequate funding per student and a deep hole in funding for research infrastructure.
Presentation to the Financial Review Higher education Conference, Sydney, 28 June 2011
Michael Gallagher, Executive Director, Group of Eight
I have been tasked to talk about the review of base funding for higher education. I propose to do so by situating its importance in the context of global and domestic developments, and in relation to other policy initiatives on the part of the Australian Government.
The Group of Eight (Go8) today opened applications for its 2010 European Fellowships.
The Fellowships are open to early career researchers from Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia,
Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and, for the first time this year, Croatia.
Each fellow will receive benefits worth $20,000 to travel to Australia in 2010 and work at a Go8 university for up to six months.
In its 2009 Budget the Rudd Government has recognised the importance of investment in higher education and university research to stimulate and sustain economic growth.
A number of well-directed budget initiatives will underpin excellence and concentration in university research, enlarge access and equity in higher education, promote structural change and lift Australia’s competitiveness, according to the Group of Eight universities.