The University of Newcastle, Australia

Eight projects boost equity at UON

Thursday, 4 February 2016

The University of Newcastle has attracted eight Higher Education Participation Programme (HEPP) National Priority Pool (NPP) grants, totalling almost one million dollars, to help improve the tertiary education experience and process for students from diverse backgrounds.

Students sitting on top of library studying

UON's Centre of Excellence for Equity in Higher Education (CEEHE) will oversee the eight projects and ensure their impact is sustained long after the funding period ends.

Professor Penny Jane Burke, Co-Director of CEEHE, said that the Centre's unique framework brings together people committed to an equity agenda to share ideas and collaborate to tackle the complexity of educational inequalities.

"This funding is very important in supporting our aim to develop research across a range of challenging and complex issues in an emerging field. In order to tackle inequalities in higher education, we must build and sustain research-informed strategies and practices, for which funding such as this is crucial" said Professor Burke.

The 2016 funding success builds on eight existing HEPP NPP grants secured in 2015, aimed at enhancing equity across a number of disciplines - Creative and Performing Arts; Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM), as well as digital resources and strategies aimed at access and student experience.

Successful 2016 Projects

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