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DASSH Media Release 2013.9.6

DASSH Media Release 2013.9.6

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Australasian Council of Deans of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (DASSH)
Suite 5, 1 Geils Court, Deakin, ACT 2600 T: 02 6162 1297 E:eo@dassh.edu.au 
www.dassh.edu.au
MEDIARELEASE
6September2013
OnbehalfoftheAustralasianCouncilofDeansofArts,SocialSciencesandHumanities(DASSH),wereiterateourstrongsupportforanindependent,robust,andnon-partisanacademicpeerreviewgrantprocess,andexpressconcernwithrecentstatementsfromtheCoalitionsuggestingthatingovernmentitwouldinterferewiththeARC’srobustpeerreviewprocesses.ResearchintheArts,SocialSciencesandHumanities(ASSH)playsasignificantroleincontributingtotheimprovedwell-beingofAustraliansociety—throughbetterinformedpublicpolicytoaddressthe‘bigissues’affectingsocialandeconomicchange,suchas:understandinghealthbehavior,theimpactofanageingpopulation,thehistoryofwaranditsinfluencetoday,crimeandjustice,languageacquisition,labourtrends,theeffectivenessofsocialwelfaresupporttothelesswelloffinoursociety,regionaldevelopmentissues,balancedlanduseandeconomicdevelopment,andanthropologicalandarcheologicaloriginsofthehumanspecies…tonameonlyafew.MorethanonethirdoftheundergraduatestudentsatAustralianuniversitiesareenrolledinbroadbaseddegreesinthehumanities,socialsciencesandcreativearts.AsAustraliamovesintoaperiodofmajorglobalandnationaleconomicchange,acommitmenttosustainingsociallysignificantresearchiscriticalforoursuccessasaprosperousnation.ToachievethisweneedtomaintaintheindependenceoftheAustralianResearchCouncil(ARC),includingthepeerreviewprocesstoevaluatethequalityofresearchinALLareasofourresearchendeavors.TheindependenceofboththepeerreviewprocessandtheARCaretheprovenmethodtomostlikelyresultinhighqualityandinnovativeresearchforthenation.Cuttingfundingtoresearchonthebasisofpopulismdressedupasfiscalresponsibilitywillunderminethequalityofresearchinforminggovernmentandindustryintothefuture.
WhoisDASSH?
TheAustralasianCouncilofDeansofArts,SocialSciencesandHumanities(DASSH)istheauthoritativeagencyonresearch,teachingandlearningfortheArts,SocialSciencesandHumanities(ASSH)in AustralianandNewZealandUniversities.Ourmembers-ExecutiveDeansandProVice-Chancellors-representthefaculties,wherelanguagesaretaughtacrossAustralianUniversities.ASSHdisciplinescurrentlyrepresent33percentofallstudentsstudyingfull-timeatAustralianuniversitiesand29percentofallstudents(34percentofdomesticstudents)undertakingpostgraduateresearchat Australianuniversities.

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