Sydney University under fire for vet scholarship giving preference to males

The University of Sydney is under fire for a new scholarship of nearly $30,000 that gives preference to male applicants, with the head of the scholarships office likening it to grants that “discriminate” against students who are not Aboriginal. The Prof Marsh Edwards AO scholarship, offered for the first time this year, is available to students enrolled in the postgraduate doctor of veterinary medicine degree at the University of Sydney. The successful applicant will receive $6,750 a year for four years. The release states that “preference will be given to…

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Parliament passes bill to scrap troubled VET loans, overhaul vocational education sector

The former Labor government extended HELP student loans to the vocational training sector in 2009. Since then, dozens of scandals emerged as dodgy private operators rorted the multi-billion-dollar scheme. The Senate last night passed a bill scrapping the VET FEE-HELP program and replacing it with a new VET Student Loans program to begin on January 1. “VET Student Loans will ensure students and taxpayers are protected, that skills shortages are addressed and that the reputation of the vocational education sector is restored,” Education Minister Simon Birmingham said. “We have rebuilt…

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