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Our research

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The English Language and Foundation Studies Centre has a proud history as a global research leader in the fields of access, equity and enabling education to support evidence-based change on a local, national and international stage.

Our research focus areas include:

  • Investigating the social benefit of widening participation and enabling education to students, their families and the general community.
  • Evaluating enabling pedagogies, educational delivery and academic outcomes of students from targeted equity groups.

The Centre believes in the power of collaboration working closely with our UON colleagues from the Centre of Excellence for Equity in Higher Education, The Wollotuka Institute and the Faculty of Education and Arts. Externally, collaborations have been forged with the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE) and other national and international institutions.

Since 2013, the Centre has placed a considered focus on building research capacity, successfully doubling output during this time with academic staff who have become involved in, and led, successful research grant applications and important national research projects.

In late 2013, the English Language and Foundation Studies Centre in partnership with the University of Newcastle's Centre of Excellence in Equity for Higher Education demonstrated its commitment to leadership in the field with the establishment of the academic journal International Studies in Widening Participation, which publishes two volumes of papers per year.

For more information about the research activities of the University of Newcastle's English Language and Foundation Studies Centre, please contact our Research Manager, Dr Jo Hanley.