Research team to develop an International Literature Review on Equity in Higher Education

Monday, 15 April 2019

A research team from University of Newcastle and University of Melbourne have been awarded a grant from the Australian Department of Education and Training, under the HEPPP National Priority Pool scheme, to develop an International Literature Review on Equity in Higher Education. This work will be a significant asset for the Australian field of Equity in Higher Education.

Professor Penny Jane Burke

Significant established and emergent bodies of international research in the field of equity in higher education (HE) are yet to be fully harnessed for the benefit of Australian policy-makers, university leaders, equity practitioners, researchers and students. Building on the extensive knowledge and expertise of the Centre of Excellence for Equity in Higher Education (CEEHE), the International Literature Review project consists of four methodological layers to closely examine large bodies of international research through the lens of Australian HE.The project aims to feed into national strategic decision making on the use of precious funds to maximise impact of equity programs. The project will develop accessible and useful recommendations for policy-makers and university leaders, including the identification of future research areas.

These recommendations will reflect the expertise of the research team as well as the Expert Advisory Group established for this project. The team, led by Professor Penny Jane Burke, includes Associate Professor Peter Howley, Professor Andrew Brown, Dr Matthew Bunn, Matt Lumb and Belinda Munn at UON, joined by Dr William Locke who has recently taken on the role of Director for the Centre for the Study of Higher Education at the University of Melbourne. The Expert Advisory group brings key insights from around the globe, including from practitioner bodies in Australia, and will provide touch points from the different policy contexts throughout the course of the project.

The University of Newcastle has had a successful grant in every round since the establishment of CEEHE and this is “a wonderful demonstration of the impact and standing of CEEHE, which UON is very proud of” (Darrell Evans, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic).


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