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Emma Macdonald

Emma Macdonald is a senior reporter for The Canberra Times.

Part of campus put up for grabs

Emma Macdonald The University of Canberra is opening up 40 hectares of its Belconnen campus for development in the hope of generating $100 million in capital investment each year for the next decade.

Canberra's oldest school attempts to capture a bit of history

Telopea Park School today celebrated their 90th birthday. A group photo of current students and teachers.
Filed: Wednesday, 11 September 2013 11:59:00 AM 
Photo by Rohan Thomson, The Canberra Times


Emma Macdonald Canberra may be celebrating its centenary, but Telopea Park School is not far behind.

ANU tops the Australian rankings


Emma Macdonald The Australian National University has come in as Australia's top ranked university in the latest international league table.

Search for world's happiest suburb starts in Crace, Canberra

Search for world's happiest suburb.

Emma Macdonald Is Crace the most contented suburb in Canberra, Australia or perhaps the world?

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Weapons of choice for students scaling test success?

News.  from left Gungahlin College year 12 students Tarryn McClenahan- Brown, Peta Finglas- Watson, Brooke Commons, Louis Grant and Katherine Zeman having a chat while they eat their breakfast before starting their AST Moderation Exam.  The school provided the students with breakfast before the exam to better prepare them for the day.  3 September 2013. Canberra Times photo by Jeffrey Chan.

Emma Macdonald Whether it is feeding students a hearty breakfast prior to sending them into the examination hall, or teaching them yoga and relaxation techniques to keep them calm once they’re in there, ACT...

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Protesters threaten ANU open day


Emma Macdonald Australian National University students are threatening to disrupt one of the university's major public relations events by protesting budget cuts during Saturday's open day.

Canberra Open Day expected to draw the crowds


Emma Macdonald From shooting a loaded weapon to enjoying a free ride on Skywhale, getting a new hairstyle or watching a team of paramedics displaying life-saving prowess, Canberra's five tertiary institutions will...

$25m to move medical school across campus

John Curtin School of Medical Research at the ANU.

Emma Macdonald The ANU will spend $25 million moving its medical school 500 metres across campus.

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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

ANU logo

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

AFR photo Tamara Voninski.  A house under construction in the suburbs of Sydney.  generic housing construction house houses property building work blue collar worker wages mortgage interest rates loan economy builder roof hammer

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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