Clover is friend as well as foe

Clover is friend as well as foe

Clare Varcoe

September 14, 2020

Most people view clover as an annoying weed in their garden, but clover is a natural fertiliser and vital for feeding livestock. The natural bacteria that grows in its root system takes nitrogen from the air and puts it into the ground to feed other plants, but unlike artificial fertilisers, it doesn’t...

The Power of Learning the Arts

Getting the chance to learn and develop skills in the arts can help young people thrive.

Isabella Poljakovic, Reporter

April 13, 2020

Students in schools across WA have been honing their creative skills for decades. It has a proven power to increase a child's brain function and learning ability. At America’s Princeton University, students who study the arts achieve 10 points higher on their SAT scores than those who don’t. Most...

WA not thrilled with Indigenous funding deal

Minister for Indigenous Health Ken Wyatt. Image supplied from electorate office.

Paul van Lieshout Hunt, ECU Reporter

August 14, 2017

Malcolm Turnbull’s announcement of a boost in indigenous education funding to $46.7 million in WA has sparked criticism from the State Labor Government who said that under the current agreement, indigenous students would be $5.5 million worse off. The deal will see funding for each indigenous student...

Experts divided on education investment

Experts divided on education investment

Cam Inglis, Staff reporter

May 4, 2016

'Education a focus with this year's Federal Budget' is a headline that could be in the paper every year, so it comes as no great surprise to learn that last night's 2016 Budget will impact Australia’s education sector. Minister for Education Simon Birmingham previously repeated claims that funding...

The young parent


James Williams, Staff Reporter

May 4, 2016

Name: Ally Tucek Age: 25 years old Occupation: Postgraduate student broadcaster How will the budget affect you: I'm concerned about whether the parenting payment and family tax benefits will decrease. Because I'm a university student I depend on these particular payments to make ends meet, an...

The insider’s guide to life after graduation

The joy of graduation doesn't have to be overshadowed by job hunting stress

Claire Montgomery, Staff reporter

October 27, 2015

Graduation is both an exciting and terrifying experience. On one hand, no more assignments or exams. Yay! On the other, it's time to find a real career and embrace adulthood. Not-so-yay. Graduate Careers Australia reports that 68.1 per cent of graduates in 2014 found full time employment within...

Push to introduce coding skills for children

Computer coding a 'well-rounded life skills set'

Kristina Simich, Staff reporter

September 24, 2015

Newly elected Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has called for the Australia of the future "to be a nation that is agile, that is innovative, that is creative" — and for many academics that has been a clarion call for coding in schools. The push for students to learn a computer language in school...

Call for sleep classes to be added to schools

Healthy sleep should be considered the third pillar of good help, says Prof Rajaratnam

Danielle Austin, Staff reporter

June 3, 2015

Health experts are calling for an end to the ‘sleep deprivation cult’ and for tailored sleep education messages to be delivered to workplaces and schools, as well as to the wider population. Sleep disorder expert Professor Shantha Rajaratnam from Monash University and the Alertness CRC  believes...

Does NAPLAN pass the test?

Do the pros to the NAPLAN test outweigh the cons?

Danielle Austin, Staff reporter

May 25, 2015

With the NAPLAN test wrapping up its eighth year of testing,discussions have reignited as to whether the standardised test is worth the time and the estimated $100 million of taxpayer money it costs annually. Monash University academic and educational studies expert Dr David Zyngier says that while...

UWA rejects government funding sparking a political debate

UWA rejects government funding sparking a political debate

Gemma Kelly, Staff reporter

May 12, 2015

The University of Western Australia has announced it will be handing back the Federal Governments allocated $4 million grant that was funded to establish an Australian Consensus Centre on its campus. There has been an outcry among the staff, students and alumni of UWA about the Consensus Centre, which...

Government to crackdown on overseas HECS debts

Government to crackdown on overseas HECS debts

Thomas Powell, Staff reporter

May 8, 2015

Australian graduates working overseas for longer than six months will be forced to repay their student loans according to new laws set out under the 2015 Budget. The measures were announced by Education Minister Christopher Pyne and will be implemented from 2017 onwards and could potentially affect...

UWA still under fire for climate change contrarian Bjorn Lomborg

UWA has come under attack for endorsing climate action opponent Dr Bjorn Lomborg

Mentari Sandiastri, Staff reporter

April 28, 2015

The University of Western Australia continues to come under fire after well-known adversary to climate action Dr Bjorn Lomborg secured a four-year deal to establish a policy research centre in the university's business school, using $4 million funding granted by the Australian Government. A student-led...

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