In solidarity with our colleagues in the humanities and social sciences, and via a unanimous resolution of its Annual General Meeting, the ACDS deplores the unwarranted and unreasonable intervention of the Minister for Education in vetoing the award of a tranche of ARC grants.
We call upon the Minister to explain the basis on which he decided to defy the results of a robust review process by national and international experts.
We reject any implied criticism of the ARC, whose grant processes are conducted with the highest standards of integrity and expertise.
We call upon the government to commit publicly to ensure that no further ministerial interference occurs in the award of ARC or NHMRC grants.
Enrolments at Australian universities increased 56% in 2002-2015, but only 32% in STEM due to a crash of 23% in IT numbers.
Taken separately the sciences and engineering appear to fare better than average, with growth of 67% and 73%. However, this better than average performance is due entirely to overseas student enrolments. Take them out, and domestic student enrolments increased only by the university average of 56% in the sciences. In engineering the increase is well below, at 43%.
These figures and much more are contained in the report, STEM in Australia: The statistical patterns of university science and technology in the twenty-first century, the latest in a series by Dr Ian Dobson, commissioned by the ACDS. You can find the whole report, or the entire series on our Publications page.
The 2018 ACDS National Research Forum was held on September 24-25 in Melbourne. 27 Universities were represented including all but one Go8 and all but one ATN. Ten deans attended, several bringing their ADR’s and AD Graduate Students with them.
Presentations by Leanne Harvey on the ARC Engagement and Impact exercise, Jens Goennerman on Working with Industry, and a panel led by Margie Atkinson on CSIRO University relations in the age of engagement and impact, made a strong impression, as did Holger Meinke’s talk on leadership of a research institute.
See the full program here. Presentations from the Forum will be available soon on the Forum web page.