Centre of Excellence for

About us

The University of Newcastle (UON) is proud of its reputation for being an institution not only of excellence but also one that embraces equity. Through the Centre of Excellence for Equity in Higher Education (CEEHE), the University is committed to developing an agenda that brings equity practice and research together, and in doing so, provides a robust suite of multidisciplinary research and practice to offer leadership in equity both nationally and internationally.

Since its establishment in late 2014, CEEHE has played an instrumental role in delivering research outcomes that benefit the long-term strength of UON and the sector in delivering education to a diverse range of students.

We are committed to developing strong international links and partnerships through initiatives such as hosting international leading scholars, establishing the International Network on Gender, Social Justice and Praxis, as well as producing significant reports with national and international impact.

Fostering the development of early and mid-career researchers is of particular importance to CEEHE. We have introduced a number of grant schemes that focus on supporting early career researchers (ECR's) and widening participation (WP) practitioners build a highly regarded body of work. These include the establishment of a national writing program for WP practitioners and funding several commissioned projects to explore higher education issues in relation to questions of student equity.

CEEHE continues to develop and implement research informed widening participation programs to increase the educational outcomes for our region.

Our principles

The principles that guide the work of CEEHE include:

  • Dialogic and research-informed approaches
  • Participatory methodologies and approaches
  • Redistribution of pedagogical opportunities, resources and materials
  • Parity of participation and representation
  • Recognition of and respect for difference
  • Inclusion and reciprocity
  • Critical reflection (reflexivity)
  • Education for social justice and global well-being