Charles Sturt University’s (CSU) decision to restructure its faculties will lead to a more level playing field across the institution, according to vice-chancellor Professor Andrew Vann.
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The university council last week approved a controversial proposal to reduce its number of faculties from four to three –a plan which has come in for heavy criticism by the union supporting academic staff.

However, Professor Vann insists the new model will provide a better experience for staff and students.

“We really need to deliver consistent, effective service across the university and restructuring the faculties to three even-sized faculties is going to allow us to deliver the great education and service we need to our students,” he said.

The previous model featured two large faculties and two smaller ones, with change deemed necessary to standardise support structures available across the university, according to Professor Vann.

The new model will be rolled out from April next year and it is hoped it will be fully implemented by the start of the second semester in 2016.

The decision to move ahead with the reform and cut the number of faculties by a quarter has however been criticised by the CSU branch of the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU).

In a statement issued following the academic senate’s approval of the plan, the NTEU said the change process had been “characterised by secrecy (and) a lack of genuine consultation”.

“We will continue to campaign against these moves and represent the concerns of our members to CSU management in an attempt to encourage better consultation and the investigation of alternatives to these proposed job cuts,” David Ritchie, president of the CSU branch of the NTEU, said.

According to CSU, the model will result in the loss of 3.8 full-time professional and technical staffpositions.

Professor Vann said the university council’s approval of the proposal would give certainty to staff and students following a protracted consultation process.

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Fremantle has removed news articles about its players off-season antics after being fined by ASADA. The Fremantle Dockers website has removed news articles about its players’ off-season antics after it was fined $5000 for failing to keep ASADA informed about its players whereabouts.
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Under the league’s anti-doping code, AFL clubs are required to keep ASADA informed about the whereabouts of its players at all times, including during the off-season, to allow for random drug testing.

Fremantle and Collingwood were sanctioned on Friday for failing to notify ASADA about the movements of two and three of their players respectively.

Collingwood was fined $7500.

All five players for the two teams failed to keep their clubs informed of their movements but will not be individually penalised under the code.

Dockers players are currently enjoying the off-season break with some taking the opportunity to travel overseas.  Follow WAtoday on Twitter

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Nominated: David Pocock and Michael Hooper. Photo: Getty Images RWC Schedule: When is the Rugby World Cup final?Full coverage of the 2015 Rugby World Cup
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LONDON: The world player of the year selection panel has added further misery to England’s dour World Cup campaign, snubbing the host nation’s stars for the top individual gong in world rugby.

Wallabies duo Michael Hooper and David Pocock are two of the six players who will compete for the player of the year prize after nominations were released on the eve of the World Cup final.

Four of the players in contention played in the World Cup final between Australia and New Zealand, with All Blacks duo Dan Carter and Julian Savea getting the bod.

Scotland’s inspirational captain Greig Laidlaw and Wales lock Alun Wyn-Jones round out the nominations.

But the glaring omission is of an England player to add more pain to a disastrous World Cup for the home nation.

The RFU has launched a review of its rugby program and coach Stuart Lancaster’s job is on the line as they search for answers.

England became the first host nation in World Cup history to be bundled out of the tournament before the quarter-finals stage.

Speculation is mounting that Sam Burgess will return to rugby league and Lancaster’s reputation is in tatters.

Now they’ve been overlooked for individual honours and no one can argue, with southern hemisphere players dominating the nominations, which will be announced on Sunday night (Monday morning AEDT).

“The World Cup has a huge bearing on the best player of the year,” said former Wallabies coach John Connolly.

“David Pocock had an outstanding tournament and so did Alun Wyn-Jones, they were both superb in their matches.

“So it’s no surprise that what happens in a World Cup dictates what happens there and they’re selected on form. Australia and New Zealand are up there in the world, England had a horror campaign.”

Wallabies coach Micahel Cheika has also been nominated for coach of the year.

Cheika couldn’t split Pocock and Hooper when picking his team, so he decided to unleash a tag-team openside flanker combination.

World Rugby panelists couldn’t split them either with Australia’s premier flankers now battling for a player of the year prize instead of the Wallabies’ No. 7 jersey.

Pocock has been superb in his comeback from two knee reconstructions, dominating the Test arena and leading the statistics at the World Cup for turnovers.

Hooper continues his career surge. Despite being just 24 years old he has already played 50 Tests, won a Super Rugby grand final with the NSW Waratahs and captained the Wallabies.

Carter is the crafty New Zealand veteran who will move to French rugby after the World Cup while Julian Savea is the new All Blacks version of Jonah Lomu.

“This has been a very special year for rugby with some of outstanding individual team performances,” said Wallabies 1999 World Cup-winning captain and world player of the year chair John Eales.

Through the voting and consultation the panel has concluded the six worthy finalists ??? Being a World Cup year, particular weighting has been given to World Cup performances.”

The selection panel comprises of: Will Greenwood, Gavin Hastings, Raphael Ibanez, Francois Pienaar, Agustin Picot, Scott Quinnell, Tana Umaga and Paul Wallace, as well as journalists Pierre Galy (AFP), Stephen Jones (The Sunday Times), Georgina Robinson (Sydney Morning Herald), Jim Kayes (TV3) and Sergio Stuart (Ole, Argentina).

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The Turnbull government is keeping mum on reports it is considering sending refugees on Nauru and Manus Island to the distant central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan.

The government is searching for places that will agree to resettle more than 1500 asylum seekers currently living in the Australian detention facilities in the south Pacific.

The government’s so-called Cambodian solution has been a failure, settling just a handful of refugees since the deal was inked last year. Immigration Minister Peter Dutton confirmed this month that the government has been seeking to negotiate deals with a number of other countries, including the Philippines.

Now Kyrgyzstan – a remote and rugged landlocked former Soviet satellite state – is the latest country being considered as a possible resettlement destination, particularly for Hazara Afghans, according to News Corporation.

Finance Minister Mathias Cormann refused to confirm or deny the reports on Saturday.

“I’m not going to speculate about an unconfirmed story,” he told Sky News.

“We are having conversations with other countries to support our offshore processing arrangements and when we’re in a position to make relevant announcements, no doubt the Minister for Immigration will do so.”

Comment is being sought from Mr Dutton.

Queensland Labor MP Terri Butler says the opposition is open to considering any resettlement options but called on the government to make its intentions clear.

“What Malcolm Turnbull and Peter Dutton need to do is come clean with the Australian people about how they’re going to settle people on Nauru and Manus Island,” she said.

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Mr Grimm’s winning image, Eye of a honey bee (Apis mellifera) covered in dandelion pollen (120x). Photo: Ralf Claus Rimm An earlier work. Photo: Ralph Claus Grimm
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A Queensland school teacher who won first prize in an international photography competition hopes his images can help people foster a better relationship with nature.

Ralph Claus Grimm said he couldn’t believe it when he got a call telling him he’d won the Nikon Small World Photomicrography competition.

“It nearly knocked me over, it really knocked me off my socks. I didn’t know what to say to the guy,” he said.

“It’s an international award so you’re talking about 2000 submissions from 88 countries,”

“The people I am competing with are scientists and researchers, people with the most expensive equipment, and then here is me, in my little shack, taking a first place image with my microscope, it’s just unreal.”

The Woodridge State High School teacher said his winning photograph of a honey bee’s eye covered in dandelion pollen magnified at 120x, was a painstaking process that took over four hours.

The image was taken through a microscope with an extremely small focus area, so Mr Grimm had to combine over 150 stacked photographs to eliminate the out-of-focus areas.

The former beekeeper said he really wanted to combine the beauty that he’d found with a warning to everyone not take the planet for granted.

“The structural beauty of what I saw made me want to get the best quality I could get,” he said.

“It’s a subject of great sculptural beauty, but also a warning – that we should stay connected to our planet, listen to the little creatures like our bees and find a way to protect the earth that we call home.”

Mr Grimm, who arrived in Australia from Germany when he was 14, said his love of photomicrography started early.

“I got my first microscope when I was six, it was amazing. I put pond water under the microscope, and I discovered bacteria; it was amazing that something so tiny could have such a big impact on life,” he said.

“I love that idea: when doors are open to things you really wouldn’t know what was going on normally,

“Photomicrography is fascinating as it lets you see these hidden structures that are hidden to the visible eye.”

Mr Grimm has been developing his photography skills ever since as a way to explore the invisible parts of nature, entering annually into the Nikon Small World awards since 1999.

He has no plans of stopping.

“It’s nice to see that people are still interested in nature, it shows me that not all is lost.”

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