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On standards or conventions specific to Australia's higher education system, which differs in structure and style from the systems in North America, Asia, or Europe.

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What is the most likely cause of short, quick, and useless reviews? [closed]

My theoretical computer-science paper that I submitted to an Australian (i.e., located in Australia this year) B-level (according to http://portal.core.edu.au/conf-ranks) DBLP-listed computer-science ...
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Being an academic far from the action

I'm currently halfway through a PhD in computer science at a good school in the US. After I graduate, I want to stay in academia. I also want to return home to Australia to be closer to my family. ...
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Would preaching in a church be advantageous for becoming a lecturer?

In general, the job of a lecturer (under Australian terminology- I think the terminology is different in America) can be divided up into two main areas of focus: research and teaching, with the latter ...
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What differences should an early career UK academic expect when moving to Australia (e.g., research culture, funding opportunities)?

I'm currently a Lecturer in Computer Science at a (medium ranked) institution in the UK and I've been given the opportunity to join one of the (top ranked) universities in Australia. While I do ...
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Redoing my bachelor’s degree for general specialisation and better GPA [closed]

I completed my Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree, in Computing Information Systems (IS) and in Information Technology (IT), respectively, at a university in Australia four years ago. Both degrees ...
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How hard is it to get an academic position in Australia/New Zealand with a PhD from the US?

I am originally from India, currently a PhD student in Mathematics in the US. As such I don't have very many ties to the US and I was wondering whether it is common for PhDs from the US to get ...
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Is it okay to scan a book (that I own) strictly for personal use?

I have a physical book from an Australian publisher which is nearly a thousand pages long, so it's quite hard to carry around with me. It is a book of worked solutions for a math textbook. It has no ...
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Can I use British English in an Australian conference paper?

I have written a peer-reviewed paper for an Australian academic conference. The reviews are favourable with a number of small and helpful suggestions. However, one reviewer has criticised the use of ...
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Is it inappropriate to ask for a salary specification when interviewing for a postdoc position?

I am in the last year of my PhD (neuroscience/biomed research) in Italy and I have applied for an interesting postdoc position in Perth, Australia, at a neuroscience research centre affiliated with ...
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What is the timeline for academic job postings in the humanities in Australia?

What is the timeline for the humanities (specifically literature) job search in Australia? In the US, jobs begin to be posted in September. Any advice for a US candidate looking for a level B (...
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How common is spousal hire (academic or non-academic) in the Australia/New Zealand system?

I am an academic with hoping for an offer at an Oceania university. I want to know how common in this system is it to ask the university to give my spouse a job? It is common and often successful in ...
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Authorship and reputation for British/Australian academic systems

I have recently been offered a position for a "postdoc" (fixed term level A position) in Australia. In the British/Australian (and European) academic systems, career progression is very different ...
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Do Australian universities pay expenses to attend a faculty interview?

I have been invited for an interview for a lecturer position at a university in Australia. I am based in Europe at the moment. It is not expicitly clear, at least to me, in the invitation email that ...
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What is Summa cum Laude and how do you get it? (USA)

What is Summa cum Laude and how do you get it (USA)? Is this equivalent to First Class Honors in Australia? What is the equivalent of an Australian University medal in the USA?
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As an Australian student with a UK citizenship, can I study in the UK? [closed]

Disclaimer: I wasn't sure where to post this but I thought this was as good a place as any so sorry if this is the wrong place. I am a high school student in Queensland, Australia studying for a ...
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What does “PI” mean in Australia?

In the United States a "PI" is a principal investigator. This is someone who leads grant applications. What does "PI" mean in Australia?
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Funding for applied mathematics postdoc - how does it work?

I am an applied mathematics Ph.D. student at the end of my Ph.D., looking for postdoc opportunities. My strategy has been to apply for different positions that are already funded. Now I am thinking ...
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At which level (D or E) should I apply for an advertised faculty position in Australia?

I am putting together an application for an academic position that has been advertised as either level D or E at an Australian university (equivalent to full professor or chair professor in the US). ...
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Which countries have funding opportunities like ERC Advanced Grant?

The eligibility of ERC Advanced Grant is very interesting, everyone from anywhere can submit a proposal, and upon approval he should work in a host institution within European Union. This gives an ...
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Can an international PhD Student in Australia make a living with an APA scholarship and 8 hours teaching work per week?

My "problem": I am from Austria and currently in the process of applying for a PhD position in Brisbane, Australia. My supervisors said that I might be eligible for an APA (Australian Postgraduate ...
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Can an international student manage his cost of living in Australia if his 4 years PhD tuition fee is waived off by the university?

I received an offer of admission from one of the Australian Universities in Perth. My supervisor recommended my application for tuition fee waive off scholarship and university has accepted that. I ...
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Should I tell my tertiary education provider about my autism and ADHD diagnosis?

I have high functioning autism / aspergers syndrome comorbid with ADHD. During highschool I went undiagnosed, but always suspected I was autistic. I had a few Dr's comment but I didn't really agree ...
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What is the equivalent of an Australian or New Zealand honours thesis in British universities?

Although it is somewhat discipline specific, in Australia, to receive honours for a bachelors degree, a student must undertake an additional, optional year of fulltime study, turning a three year ...
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How to best present a PhD application when moving from professional work without a masters or honours degree?

I have been invited by a potential supervisor to apply for a PhD scholarship based on some research I have done in a professional role. I have a history of presenting this kind of work at mixed ...
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PhD intellectual property

The Australian government pays for the research study fees. Who will, in such case, have the intellectual property rights for the research: the PhD student or the university?
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In Australia, possibility of transfer from a fixed-term Lecturer to a continuing appointment [closed]

Recently I got a position as a 3-year fixed-term lecturer at an Australia university. I wonder if there is any possibility to transfer to permanent position? Or I would have a better chance if I apply ...
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“scholarly activities” vs. “research activities” in Australia for the purpose of applying to a lecturer position

For the purpose of applying for a lecturer position in Australia in computer science (CS), what are "research activities" and "scholarly activies", and how do they differ? The applicant is asked to ...
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Is there a professional etiquette regarding jackets in academia? [closed]

So, I’m sure we all know about the stereotype of the professor in the tweed jacket. Based on a cursory web search, it looks like the stereotype started because tweed was a relatively cheap but warm ...
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Australian Research Council (ARC) grants for overseas applicants

I am currently a visiting assistant professor in Computer Science in the United States. I was wondering If there are any avenues (ARC programs) for someone like me to apply for research grants in ...
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Can New Zealand/Australian academics do consulting work during summers?

Is it possible (if not usual) to do consulting work during summers while working as academics in Aus/NZ universities? I guess the more important point is, is it allowed by the universities to earn ...
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Practicality of attaining a law degree despite difficulty remembering facts?

I am > 40 years old and have been heavily involved in IT for my adult life. 20-25 years ago I successfully studied 2 years of Information Technology at a polytechnic (I've always been good with ...
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Do I have to pay back an Australian IPRS Scholarship, if I decide to quit my PhD?

I am currently in an application process for a PhD position in Australia and my advisors said that I might be eligible for an IPRS Scholarship. Obviously this is a great opportunity, but at the same ...
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How to identify A/A* Journal

The academic promotions procedure at my Australian university includes specifically publications in A/A* journals. What defines A/A* and where can I find out which journals are in this category?
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Job advertisement: “Liaise professionally”

Australian academic job advertisements often ask for candidates to show they can liaise professionally with people in certain other academic roles. What sort of experience or achievements are they ...
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ARC DECRA eligibility exemption: how to demonstrate unemployment?

For me to apply for an Australian Research Council (ARC) DECRA grant in the next round, I will need to include an application for an Eligibility Exemption. The last round DECRA rules are below, and ...
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How does a standalone honours degree work?

I'm currently trying to apply for a PhD position, but am unable to meet the entry requirements. My (potential) supervisor has advised me to undertake an honours year to meet the requirements. I ...
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How to present a degree that was earned abroad on a business card?

I live in Australia and hold a M.A. degree from the University of Hamburg. That degree doesn't exist in Australia, so I can't get it acknowledged through the accrediting bodies. What is the ...
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What is a research assistant in the Australian system?

I've noticed postings for positions with the title “research assistant” from Australian universities. They require a PhD and are often (or exclusively) one-year contracts. Are these positions akin to ...
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(Australia) Conjoint senior lecturer? Do they teach?

In Australia, I see many non-university researchers (e.g. CSIRO postdocs) have a title of "conjoint lecturer" from a reputable university. Do they teach? Do they receive salary from the university? ...
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When was the Bachelor degree of Occupational Therapy introduced in Australia?

Sounds like a simple question, but despite a few hours of searching, I couldn't find the answer. I would also like to know what qualification was required beforehand in order to work in that ...
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Advice on getting a Ph.D with scholarship in Australia (Neuroscience) [duplicate]

I intend to write to potential supervisors soon and I had a few questions. I am currently in my second year of Masters of Neuroscience (In France, I'm Indian) and won’t finish until June 2018. I see ...
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What are “Numerically Weighted Transcripts”?

I was reading about a postgraduate scholarship. As part of application for the scholarship, a "numerically weighted" transcript is required. This is what my B.S. trancript looks like: (A part of my ...
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As an American considering a post-doc in Australia, how does superannuation affect me? [closed]

I have been offered a temporary (3 years) post doc in Australia with a salary and superannuation. As an American, Can I access this money? Is there a penalty? Can I transfer it to a tax-...
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As an Australian student who wants to end up in academia, should I do a PhD or postdoc somewhere other than Australia?

I'm a second year undergraduate psychology student in Australia. As a mature-age student, I have a very clear focus in that, I'd like to transition from my undergraduate degree to a PhD, post doc and ...
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Can I get into an Australian PhD program in computer science without a masters degree, with a dual BSc degree?

I am following a dual degree program in my home country (Sri Lanka). One degree, B.Sc in Computer Science will be awarded by an Australian University and the other degree which is a B.Sc (Hons) in ...
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positioning yourself for research positions after graduating from a PhD in a different country

I asked this on Reddit also but didn't get any responses so I am trying here. I am a first year PhD student thinking about how I can start to better position myself to get a research position after ...
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Australia: Research and Abysmal Grades

I recently completed a 3 year bachelor degree in Computer Science at an Australian university. I graduated with a GPA which is roughly the equivalent of a “C” in the US. I only blame the grades on my ...
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Lecturer in Australia - response to selection criteria

I am applying for a lecturer position in Australia in computer science. The application process asks for "a statement addressing the selection criteria outlined in the position description". An ...
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Will my American GPA be 'transferred' to an Australian university?

I'm a first-year medical student within the United States considering a move to Australia. I am not looking at a "study abroad" or "foreign exchange student" type program. A direct move and goal to be ...
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Would an MDS (Master of Dental Surgery) from India be adequate for a research position in Australia?

I’ve earned an MDS (Master of Dental Surgery) in public-health dentistry in India. My thesis and other research projects focused on developing a module for dental students on tobacco cessation ...