The University of Newcastle, Australia


Monday, 27 July 2015

Students from a refugee background are set to benefit from a project being led by the Centre of Excellence for Equity in Higher Education and the English Language and Foundation Studies Centre at the University of Newcastle.

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The project is being led by Associate Professor Seamus Fagan, Director of the English Language and Foundation Studies Centre and aims to better support students from a refugee and refugee-like backgrounds.

"Currently students from these backgrounds are trying to access higher education but face significant obstacles including language barriers, financial restraints and a history of disrupted educational background all on top of settlement issues," said Associate Professor Fagan.

"With the OLT grant we hope to raise the profile of diverse student populations and give them a voice in higher education. Through improved resources and evidence-based programs, we can help students better navigate through the complexity of their needs to access and achieve in higher education," he added.

The first phase of the project will include collecting qualitative data on the experiences of students' transitioning from TAFE into higher education.

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