Great-grandfather graduates at 94

Original article by Alanah Frost
Herald Sun – Page: 17 : 11-Feb-19

Dr David Bottomley has become Australia’s oldest PhD graduate at the age of 94. Bottomley graduated from Curtin University with a Doctor of Philosophy in the week ending 8 February. He taught science for many years, as well as working in marketing research. Bottomley’s PhD looked at five principals who used science-based curriculum in the early 19th century, and he believes that the ideas that they used are valid today. Bottomley was the co-founder of Australian Sales Research Bureau, which was acquired by Roy Morgan in the 1970s.

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CURTIN UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY, UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE, ROY MORGAN LIMITED, AUSTRALIAN SALES RESEARCH BUREAU

Miners warn of graduate crisis

Original article by Matt Chambers
The Australian – Page: 19 & 22 : 29-Aug-18

The Minerals Council of Australia has forecast that the number of mining engineering graduates will fall from 171 a year to just 47 between 2017 and 2020 due to a decline in enrolments. However, the MCA’s modelling suggests that at least 200 new graduates will be required each year to offset the number of mining engineers who exit the sector. South32 CEO Graham Kerr and Newcrest Mining CEO Sandeep Biswas are among the industry executives who have expressed concern about the long-term impact of the decline in enrolments for mining-related university courses.

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MINERALS COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA, SOUTH32 LIMITED – ASX S32, NEWCREST MINING LIMITED – ASX NCM, DIGGERS AND DEALERS FORUM

Students’ skills no issue for employers

Original article by Stephen Fitzpatrick
The Australian – Page: 5 : 9-Jan-18

Universities Australia’s Catriona Jackson has downplayed the findings of an employer satisfaction survey which showed that many graduates do not think their degree has much relevance to their job. Jackson argues that employers’ satisfaction regarding all key graduate metrics has increased since the survey was undertaken in 2017, and more than four out of five employers are satisfied with the graduates whom they employ. National Tertiary Education Union president Jeannie Rea in turn says the focus should be on whether graduates consider their degree to be relevant after they have been in the workforce for several years.

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UNIVERSITIES AUSTRALIA LIMITED, NATIONAL TERTIARY EDUCATION INDUSTRY UNION, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF EDUCATION AND TRAINING, THE AUSTRALIAN INDUSTRY GROUP

Students face higher ed budget cuts

Original article by Phillip Coorey
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 & 6 : 19-Apr-17

The Australian Government’s May 2017 Budget could include new measures that target university students and graduates. Stalled measures in the 2014 Budget are tipped to be abandoned, prompting speculation that the Government will seek to offset the failed $A7bn worth of spending cuts. These could potentially include an increase in students’ fees and a reduction in the income threshold for the repayment of HECS-HELP debts. At present, graduates must begin repaying their student debt when their annual income reaches $A54,869.

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AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF EDUCATION AND TRAINING

Career dreams dashed as graduate oversupply worsens

Original article by Marianna Papadakis
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 32 : 20-Mar-15

There are not enough positions for Australian law graduate, and many of them are forced to work in other sectors. As law schools are producing too many graduates, they have started to promote law as a generalist qualification which does not necessarily lead to a career in law. Amanda Cutajar, the head of the Australian division of human resources at DLA Piper, says law firms are now in a comfortable situation of being able to be quite selective in recruitment

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DLA PIPER, GADENS LAWYERS, ASHURST AUSTRALIA, KING AND WOOD MALLESONS

Law graduates undeterred by dire job hopes

Original article by Marianna Papadakis, Edmund Tadros
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 32 : 27-Feb-15

The latest Australian Law Students Survey has highlighted the challenging job market for law graduates. The Survive Law website’s survey found that 33 per cent of law students are not confident that they will gain a job after graduating, while more than 50 per cent say that universities should offer greater assistance in searching for jobs. In addition, more than 50 per cent of law students indicated their desire to practice law after graduating

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SURVIVE LAW, AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY, UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND, UNIVERSITY OF NEW SOUTH WALES, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF EDUCATION AND TRAINING

Graduates face worst job market in 20 years

Original article by Tim Dodd, Edmund Tadros
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 7 : 30-Jul-14

Data from Graduate Careers Australia (GCA) highlights the challenging employment market for new university graduates. A survey by GCA has found that just 71.3 per cent of bachelor degree graduates had jobs four months after leaving university in 2013, compared with 76.1 per cent in 2012. The decline was particularly acute among law, accounting and civil engineering graduates

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GRADUATE CAREERS AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIAN BUREAU OF STATISTICS, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY

Decision will hit graduates

Original article by Edmund Tadros
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 3 : 7-Jul-14

The Australian Government has decided to retain accounting as an occupation in demand for skilled migrants. The Department of Employment wanted to remove accounting, as it felt that there was a surplus. Universities support the retention of accounting because of their reliance on international students in the field. The two accounting bodies noted that there are shortages in rural areas and in some specialisations. Two experts said that graduates will have difficulty obtaining employment

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AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF EMPLOYMENT, AUSTRALIAN WORKFORCE AND PRODUCTIVITY AGENCY, NEWCASTLE BUSINESS SCHOOL, CPA AUSTRALIA, THE INSTITUTE OF CHARTERED ACCOUNTANTS IN AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIAN BUSINESS DEANS COUNCIL INCORPORATED, UNIVERSITY OF WOLLONGONG, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF IMMIGRATION AND BORDER PROTECTION