|University of Sydney 2013|
A couple of weeks ago I sat on the stage in a graduation ceremony in the Great Hall at University of Sydney – the one that looks like a piece of 15th century Cambridge built by a terrible surveyors’ mistake in an Australian paddock. One of my PhD students was being awarded her degree, after 5 years’ hard work.
As I looked at the other side of the hall, where the parents, partners and children were sitting, I could see why public universities matter, and need to be defended. For all the depressing news from Canberra about funding cuts, fees, league tables and the rest, universities are important institutions, which people in the wider community value.
|"I love teaching but casual work breaks my heart!"|