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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. We 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, multidisciplinary, practice-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, interventions, and policy 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.

themes of research

Recent consultation has supported the identification of four broad themes that will foster interdisciplinary, innovative and collaborative research programs and projects. In recognition that research into matters of equity involves complex, evolving and social terrain, research programs and projects may contain elements of more than one of the broad themes.

  • Culture and Agency

This theme encompasses research and practice addressing equity in the broader cultural context, including issues of cultural competency, dominant discourses in education, diversity and inclusion, and Indigenous students.

  • Access and Student Experience

This theme encompasses research and practice exploring the student experience in higher education, including issues of access, retention and success, as well as the role of pedagogy and digital literacy in equity.

  • Community Wellbeing

This theme explores the role of education in improving social disadvantage, the wider benefits of education to society at large, and expands the evidence base and evaluation of community outreach and engagement projects.

  • Education Policy

This theme explores the social and economic implications of various national educational policies over time for students, families, communities and society, as well as an evaluation of specific higher education policies and schemes and their impact on higher education access and attainment.