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Month: March 2015


Are changes to funding creating a higher education bubble in the UK?

The recent establishment of the Centre for Global Higher Education by the UCL Institute of Education (IOE), has demonstrated the growing need for analysis into international trends within the higher education sector. New analysis into the trends of students moving into higher education has shown that there is an increase in both the amount of UK-based…

31 Mar 2015, by Informa Insights

Energy & Utilities

Watering down the barriers – Sydney Water’s approach to customer hardship intervention

Rising utility prices have contributed to a dramatic rise in the number of consumers struggling to meet their utility repayments. Recent reports state that consumer complaints to state Energy & Water Ombudsman are on the rise, but how are retailers navigating the complex challenges of balancing commercial objectives with regulatory requirements and social obligations? In the…

27 Mar 2015, by Informa Insights

Transport & Logistics

The global push to improve rail safety | Interview with Carolyn Griffiths, RAIB

Investigating a derailment is a complex, multi-faceted task. No one knows that better than Carolyn Griffiths, who is Chief Inspector with the Rail Accident and Investigation Branch (RAIB) in the United Kingdom. Carolyn is a Fellow and elected trustee of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineers and a trustee…

26 Mar 2015, by Informa Insights

Transport & Logistics

Straight railways throw a curveball in heavy haul rail

Heavy haul rail presents many singular challenges, particularly in established markets where interoperability is a requirement that can cripple the implementation of new technologies. Tom Hewitt is Project Manager of Rolling Stock, CANARAIL Consultants (Canada). He will be one of the international keynotes at the Heavy Haul Rail 2015 Conference in Perth, 22-23 June 2015.…

25 Mar 2015, by Informa Insights

Leadership & Communication

Gender Agenda: What’s in a name? Ask Michael

By Jenny Strachan* MICHAEL is a nice name. Perhaps that’s why there are more men called Michael in Australia’s top jobs than there are women. Or perhaps not. Guardian Australia recently reported that companies listed in the ASX 100 had 14 Michaels, 12 Peters and 11 Davids as either CEO or chairman - and just…

23 Mar 2015, by Informa Insights

Energy & Utilities

Striking a balance in WA’s power shift

Western Australia is looking forward to hearing about the findings of WA’s Electricity Market Review. Alan Dixon, President of ATCO Gas Australia will be contributing to the discussion as a guest speaker at the upcoming WA Power & Gas Conference and accepted to comment on how outcomes the Electricity Market Review may change the market.…

20 Mar 2015, by Informa Insights

Mining & Resources

Where is the Australian coal market heading?

In anticipation of our Australian Coal conference which is being held next month, we asked a few key speakers what they were most looking forward to discussing with other attendees over the two days. The event is a key opportunity for Australian stakeholders to meet in Sydney to hear from major players and industry experts…

19 Mar 2015, by Informa Insights

Mining & Resources

Program launch: Katherine Regional Mining & Exploration Forum 2015

The annual Katherine Regional Mining & Exploration Forum returns on 26-27 May this year with the theme “Developing Katherine as the regional service and supply hub to the mining, and oil and gas sectors”. Actively supported by the Katherine Mining Services Association (KMSA) and endorsed by the Northern Territory Government, the conference is an opportunity…

19 Mar 2015, by Informa Insights

Mining & Resources

Close-up: Dr Victor Hugo, Iluka Resources

Dr Victor Hugo, General Manager – Exploration and Geology at Iluka Resources, will be speaking at the 15th Anniversary Mineral Sands Conference held next week on the 24-25 March in Melbourne. Dr Hugo joined Iluka 17 years ago within the Business Development Team, before taking on the role of Technical Marketing Manager the following year…

18 Mar 2015, by Informa Insights


Getting the NDIS design right for people with a psychosocial disability

There are a huge number of national reforms affecting the mental health sector at the moment and Frank Quinlan, CEO of Mental Health Australia, joins us to discuss these and highlights the need to ensure that people aren’t left “falling through the cracks”. Within these reforms, the NDIS provides a historic opportunity to deliver services…

17 Mar 2015, by Informa Insights


The role of midwives: Yesterday, today and tomorrow

The role of midwives has evolved dramatically in the last 20 years. President and Vice President of the Australian College of Midwives, Professor Caroline Homer (Professor of Midwifery, University of Technology Sydney) and Dr Michelle Newton (Lecturer, La Trobe University), are able to give us key insights into how the role has changed and its effects on enrolment rate…

13 Mar 2015, by Informa Insights

Defence & Security

Security experts say governments need to be prepared to tackle new levels of threat

Dr Rohan Gunaratna, Global Threat Environment Specialist and Head of International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research, at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, says, "Homeland security spending will continue to grow because there is a new global threat landscape that is emerging with the rise of ISIS. "So governments worldwide will have to invest…

12 Mar 2015, by Informa Insights