When classes resumed this year, one million students, including a record first-year intake, were enrolled in the nation's 41 universities: the largest single cohort of students in our history.

In the first issue of Uniken for 2012, we look at the impact of throwing open the gates to thousands more university students and what it means for the economy as a whole.

As Louise Williams writes in our cover story, Feeding the knowledge economy, questions are being raised about whether funding is adequate, how academic standards can be maintained and if new graduates coming out of the system will match the jobs available in a rapidly changing, globalised employment market.

Also in the Autumn issue: Is the UK's phone-hacking scandal an extension of the company culture at News Corporation? And we go inside the world of the Red Deer Cave people from China: how a chance find in the basement of a museum could rewrite the history of evolution.

For all the stories, go to the Uniken website.

Editor: Susi Hamilton, UNSW media, 9385 1583