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  • EDUCATION

    When does a protest become intimidation?

    • Erica Cervini
    • 08 May 2024

    Echoing their US counterparts, many Australian universities have also set up Gaza solidarity encampments with flags and signs like ‘From the River to The Sea Palestine Will Be Free’. Jewish students and staff have begun telling stories about feeling intimidated on campus.

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  • EDUCATION

    Degrees of separation: Closing gender gaps in higher ed

    • Erica Cervini
    • 02 May 2024

    In 1883, Bella Guerin became the first woman to earn a degree in Australia, a milestone for women in higher education. Today, women make up a majority of university students and staff, yet disparities in pay and representation persist. 

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  • EDUCATION

    Declining staff-to-student ratios reveal sorry state of higher ed

    • Erica Cervini
    • 06 March 2024
    2 Comments

    By 2012, when the federal government first started reporting on staff-to-student ratios in universities, there was one academic for every 20 students. The most recent data, from 2021, shows that figure had increased to 23. As Australian students return for the new academic year, it will surely come as no surprise to find that ratio has worsened.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Behind the curtain: Are same-sex rooms needed in public hospitals?

    • Erica Cervini
    • 30 January 2024
    6 Comments

    Public hospitals around the country introduced mixed gender rooms during the noughties to get patients to their rooms quicker after being in emergency. It has since become common practise, without significant debate or research. 

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  • EDUCATION

    The great divide: ATAR results offer a snapshot of inequality in Australian education

    • Erica Cervini
    • 13 December 2023
    3 Comments

    As Australian students receive their year-end academic results, a stark educational divide comes into focus, with high-fee-paying private and selective government schools leading the ranks. This trend highlights significant socio-economic disparities across the country, raising urgent questions about the accessibility and true cost of academic excellence in a nation grappling with inequality.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    The weight of shared history

    • Erica Cervini
    • 26 October 2023
    11 Comments

    A large part of my feelings of connectedness to Jews in Israel and around the world can be explained by my link to Jewish history. There is the cultural and broader history and my own family history. So many of the Jewish festivals commemorate Jews escaping persecution.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Remembering Paul Mees, public transport academic and fellow traveller

    • Erica Cervini
    • 29 June 2023

    Ten years after his passing, the work of renowned academic and transportation activist Paul Mees continues to reverberate through our public transport systems and urban spaces. Unafraid to challenge the status quo, his advocacy for public transport and sustainable urban living continues to influence debates and policy.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Saida Pearlie: A nurse's window to war

    • Erica Cervini
    • 24 April 2023
    1 Comment

    A small autograph book from an Australian army nurse in World War II provides a unique glimpse into the lives of those she cared for in Palestine. With sketches and heartfelt inscriptions, the book illuminates the overlooked efforts of nurses whose dedication continued even after the war. 

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