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Emma Macdonald

Emma Macdonald is a senior reporter for The Canberra Times.

Work bans for ANU staff over 'derisory' pay offer


Emma Macdonald Academic and general staff at the Australian National University are almost certain to begin a round of work bans next month and could end up striking to protest a "derisory" 2 per cent pay offer by...

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ANU ranked second to Melbourne on research

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Emma Macdonald The Australian National University has fallen two places on the world's most influential ranking of uni research performance.

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Painful reality of work mishap

Send them home safe

Emma Macdonald Stephen Hellyer is an ACT construction site statistic.

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ANU review to gauge value of large forums

ANU Deputy Vice Chancellor Marnie Hughes-Warrington.

Emma Macdonald A review tutorials at the ANU will consider the consultation process as well as the evidence for and potential risks of large forums.

Safety cloud on ACT worksites

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Emma Macdonald The ACT has bucked a nationwide trend towards safer construction sites, according to new figures that show a 17 per cent spike in serious accidents on local worksites between 2011 and 2012.

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ANU vice-chancellor says news of tutorial cuts caught him by surprise

Vice Chancellor of the ANU Professor Ian Young at the opening of the National computational infrastructure Climate High Performance Computing Centre
The Canberra TImes
31 July 2013
Photo Jay Cronan

Emma Macdonald Australian National University vice-chancellor Ian Young has told students he had no idea tutorials were under threat at the College of Arts and Social Sciences - only hearing about it when contacted...

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Christian schools group defends approvals

ACT Budget 2013 ACT Minister for Disability Joy Burch.

Emma Macdonald Christian Schools Australia has accused public education groups of running a bullying campaign against the ACT government for approving three new religious schools, saying class warfare and religious...

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Canberra Uni gets $2.4 million to help disadvantaged students

University graduates.

Emma Macdonald The University of Canberra has scooped the pool of new projects aimed at supporting disadvantaged students – winning $2.4 million of $50 million in new federal funding.

Burch ignored advice on schools

ACT Budget 2013 ACT Minister for Disability Joy Burch.

Emma Macdonald ACT Education Minister Joy Burch ignored her own directorate's advice and approved two new private schools in Canberra despite warnings that one lacks viable enrolments and another threatens...

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Tutorials to stay while ANU holds a review


Emma Macdonald Australian National University Vice-Chancellor Ian Young has backed away from cuts to tutorials across the College of Arts and Social Sciences, instead referring the matter for a formal review.

Small is out at ANU, worrying students

NEWS: ANU masters of Philosophy student Rosanna Stevens,25 will be affected by tutorial cuts at the university. 1st August 2013 .Photo by MELISSA ADAMS of The Canberra Times..

Emma Macdonald Australian National University student Rosanna Stevens says her fondest learning memories of being an undergraduate were of tutorials, where she learnt how to think and how to express her thoughts.

Islamic school will use site in Spence

ACT Education Minister Joy Burch.

Emma Macdonald ACT Education Minister Joy Burch has given the At-Taqwa Islamic school permission to operate temporarily within the old Spence primary school site.

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Staff freeze and bug exposure leave ANU students susceptible

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Emma Macdonald Thousands of students returning to study second semester at the Australian National University have found themselves without tutorials, or are triple-booked into tutorial rooms as a result of a...

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ANU staff may strike over pay offer


Emma Macdonald Australian National University staff will consider industrial action in response to a pay offer by management which the National Tertiary Education Union has described as derisory.

Burch berated over school registrations

ACT Minister for Disability Joy Burch.

Emma Macdonald Minister has come under fire over her handling of private school registration and public school autonomy.

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Union condemns UC's $15m spend on research rockstars

26 April 2012 NEWS Canberra Times photograph by GRAHAM TIDY Story by Emma Macdonald. Students and staff at the ANU protest against staff cuts. Stephen Darwin, ACT Secretary of the NTEU, addresses the gathering.

Emma Macdonald The National Tertiary Education Union has condemned the University of Canberra’s decision to spend $15m to recruit ten new researchers given its recent budget cuts to languages and the introduction...

Fears of asbetos in commercial buildings

News: Workers wrap a plastic shield over a house in Downer for the safe removal of asbestos. 22nd of July 2013. Canberra Times Photograph by Katherine Griffiths

Emma Macdonald The ACT government has never checked non-residential buildings for a deadly form of asbestos.

Schools autonomy trial scaled back

Students student in class.

Emma Macdonald The number of Canberra schools taking part in a financial autonomy trial has been dramatically scaled back.

Schools panel is 'biased': lobbies

ACT Minister for Disability Joy Burch.

Emma Macdonald Government school groups have accused the ACT Education Directorate of using a biased panel to approve the registration of new private schools in the territory.

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Students protest language loss

University of Canberra Vice Chancellor, Stephen Parker.

Emma Macdonald Language students from the University of Canberra will hold a peaceful protest on the lawns outside Parliament on Friday over the axing of languages from their campus.

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