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In recent decades there has been a major shift in Australian government policies associated with universities. These reforms have been focused largely on reducing the economic dependence of universities on government. In parallel with these reforms, there has been increasing pressure on universities to lift their performance in both teaching and research and there has been much talk of the research-teaching nexus. In this chapter we provide a case study as an example of how the authors have moved to integrate teaching and research in the face of fiscal adversity. We conclude that the outcomes were positive to all involved and provided an enhanced student learning and experience, while supporting the integration of teaching and learning for the academics involved. This integration of the twin activities of teaching and research provided academic staff with opportunities to develop their research initiatives beyond what would have otherwise been possible within the same timeframe if their research and teaching had not been entwined. However, we reflect that if science were not under siege there may not have been the incentive to change the status quo and drive the research-teaching nexus.

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Abbott, M. and Doucouliagos, C. 2003. The efficiency of Australian universities: a data development analysis. Economics of Education Review 22: 89-97.
Bradley, D., Noonan, P. Nugent, H. and Scales, B. 2008 Review of Australian higher education. Final Report. Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Canberra.
Burgin, S. 2010. A natural history of the Ham Common, the lands sandwiched between Richmond and Windsor-two of Governor Macquarie's five towns, Pp. 263-276 in A Natural History of Sydney, edited by D. Lunney et al. Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales, Mosman.
Dawkins, J.S. 1987 Higher Education: A Policy Discussion Paper. Department of Employment, Education and Training, Canberra.
Dawkins, J.S. 1988 Higher Education: A Policy Statement. Department of Employment, Education and Training, Canberra.
Gibbons, M. 1997 What kind of University? Research and Teaching in the 21st Century. 1997 Beanland Lecture, Victoria University of Technology, Melbourne. http://www.griffith.edu.au/vc/ate/pdf/gibbons.pdf [Viewed 2 February, 2010].
Gillespie, N.A., Walsh, M. Winefields, A.H., Dua, J. and Stough, C. 2001. Occupational stress in universities: staff perceptions of the causes, consequences and moderators of stress. Work and Stress 15: 53-72.
Gupta, D. 1990. The Dawkins higher education plan: its rationale and implications. Higher Education Quarterly 44: 155-162.
Hattie, J. and Marsh, H.W. 1996. The relationship between research and teaching: a meta-analysis. Review of Educational Research 66: 507-542.
Marsh, H.W. and Hattie, J. 2002. The relation between research productivity and teaching effectiveness: complementary, antagonistic, or independent constructs? The Journal of Higher Education 73: 603-641.
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UAC. 2010 University of Western Sydney (UWS). University Admissions Centre, Silverwater. http://www.uac.edu.au/undergraduate/institutions/uws.shtml [Viewed 2 February, 2010].
UWS. 1990 UWS Latest News: Outstanding UWS staff rewarded with prestigious national teaching and learning awards. http://pubapps.uws.edu.au/news/index.php?act=view&story_id=2511 [Viewed 8 February, 2010].
UWS, undated UWS History. http://www.uws.edu.au/rams/archives/uws_history [Viewed 2 February, 2010].
Zubrick, A., Reid, I. and Rossiter, P. 2001 Strengthening the Nexus Between Teaching and Research. No. 6499. DETYA No. 6499 HERC00A, Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Canberra.
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