Sydney – As the 2015-16 budget looms, Australia’s postgraduate students are becoming increasingly concerned about what the future holds for them.
Today the Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations stood alongside students rallying outside the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) who are voicing their distrust in the budget and policy-makers in Canberra.
In the past year, postgraduate students have witnessed:
‘This $646.6M attack on research funding has caused widespread concern among postgraduate students across Australia’ said the National President Harry Rolf.
‘Cuts to research training funds and fees on research degrees have immediate impact on the livelihoods of students and their ability to study at university. Cuts to research funding further reducing the already dwindling pool of university resources dedicated towards research. Most significantly cuts to research mean even less opportunities and pathways into research careers for postgraduate students when they graduate.’
‘We are very concerned about what the budget has in store for both postgraduate students and research, but we are not holding our breath. Today and tomorrow we will continue to make our voices heard’ concluded Harry Rolf.