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Shape of things to come

Two interventions point to post-pandemic challenges for the arts and innovation

It used to be a truism that if you wanted to know what was likely to happen in UK higher education policy tomorrow, you should look at what was happening to universities in Australia today. The Antipodes—where the sense of institutional autonomy from government is stronger and the vice-chancellors’ salaries even larger—have often seemed like a Petri dish for experiments in higher education policy.

On 18 June, Australia’s coalition government announced plans to double tuition fees for some arts subjects and raise them for business studies and law. At the same time, prices would be lowered for in-demand courses such as teaching, nursing, maths, science and engineering.

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