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Centre of Excellence for
EQUITY IN HIGHER EDUCATION

About us

The Centre of Excellence for Equity in Higher Education will ensure that the University continues to be a leader in the region and the world in approaches to closing the gap between equity related policy and practice and also raise awareness and understanding of the frameworks and activities that produce priority outcomes.


VISION

The University of Newcastle understands that access to the transformative effects of education is one of the most effective ways for a nation to enhance social mobility, cultural cohesion, and economic productivity.

The University of Newcastle will build upon our existing reputation as a national leader in equity and access in higher education to serve as a national and international hub for equity-focused research, practice, and partnerships. The Centre of Excellence for Equity in Higher Education will be a collaborative, action orientated research hub with a focus on equity of access, participation and success. It will identify and build on exemplars of good practice and develop datasets based on demonstrated success indicators to inform evidence-based strategies and interventions that support the dissemination of best-practice nationally and world-wide.


ROLE OF THE CENTRE

The Centre of Excellence for Equity in Higher Education will ensure that the University continues to be a leader in the region and the world in approaches to closing the gap between equity related policy and practice and also raise awareness and understanding of the frameworks and activities that produce priority outcomes.

The Centre will:

  • Develop a strong evidence base to inform and evaluate policy frameworks and practice in relation to equity in higher education;
  • Conduct research and evaluate practice in areas related to access, participation, and success, directed by institutional capacity and national and international priorities; 
  • Develop a highly collaborative approach to research to ensure that outcomes are appropriate and strong national and international partnerships are maintained;
  • Translate learnings into advice and resources for decision makers and practitioners that will also inform the development of a forward research plan;
  • Establish and maintain a highly visible national and international presence that will host and facilitate workshops, symposia and seminars on research and evidence-based practice.

MODEL

The Centre of Excellence for Equity in Higher Education will bring together internal and external academics, practitioners and policy makers with a demonstrated track record in building access, participation and success for students from a range of backgrounds, around a number of research clusters.

The Centre Director will be a Global Innovation Chair at professorial level, with demonstrated capacity for high quality research and innovation and the ability to work closely with internal and external stakeholders to shape priorities, deliver outcomes and build a committed constituency among researchers, practitioners and policy makers across academia, government and the wider community.

The Centre will have a strong focus on developing research leadership and enduring linkages with practitioner communities to work on a suite of projects that will significantly impact the attraction, retention and attainment of students from diverse backgrounds and translate the outcomes of that work to Australian and international education systems.