STEM powerhouse ambitions take a hit
Science subjects will be hardest hit by planned government funding cuts, according to Universities Australia. The Australian reported that according to the group’s figures, science, technology, engineering and maths will lose A$405 million (£249 million) in base funding over four years, or 35 per cent of the total cut. “If we want Australia to be a STEM powerhouse, we can’t afford to cut public funding to train future scientists while also making science students pay more,” said Belinda Robinson, head of Universities Australia. The government’s package – including a 2.5 per cent cut in university funding, a 7.5 per cent rise in tuition fees and plans to allocate 7.5 per cent of funding on a teaching performancecontingent basis – will come down to votes in the Senate, where the government does not have a majority.