The cash nexus: how teaching funds research in Australian universities


by Andrew Norton

More than $2 billion in surpluses from teaching are being used to fund research in Australian universities. Universities have powerful incentives to spend on research, but the benefits for students are less clear.

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    Andrew Norton

    Andrew has worked as a policy adviser to the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Melbourne and as a research fellow at the Centre for Independent Studies. He has written widely on higher education, and in the late 1990s was higher education adviser to the then federal education minister, Dr David Kemp. With Dr Kemp, he conducted a federal government review of the higher education demand-driven funding system, with its report published in April 2014.


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