The Conversation May 4, 2023 by Sally Patfield, Elena Prieto-Rodriguez, Jenny Gore

Teaching and research are the two core functions of Australian universities.

But teaching has long been treated as the poor cousin of higher education. It is generally considered low status, given little professional recognition, and sometimes even seen as the domain of those academics who are not successful researchers.

Indeed, the Universities Accord terms of reference, released in November 2022, didn’t explicitly include teaching as a priority theme for review. It was only mentioned in passing in relation to access and affordability…

…University students can’t receive a quality education without quality teaching. It is high time we recognise this and do something meaningful about it.

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