University Programs

The Centre of Excellence for Equity in Higher Education (CEEHE) is a centre for equity research and practice that sits within the Academic Division of the University of Newcastle. CEEHE is a world-first model and takes a 'de-centred' approach, based on the understanding that equity work must be embedded into all structures and practices.

All divisions and faculties of the University are actively involved with improving equity and accessibility in higher education and CEEHE supports and commissions research that directly informs UON's work in this area, including by supporting the distribution of Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program funding, to build a base for equitable access and success in higher education nationally.

CEEHE has developed a principles-based framework to guide the allocation of all equity resources at UON. The document has been shared with the federal government as UON's HEPPP Access Plan.

Professor Penny Jane Burke and CEEHE staff support and mentor early career researchers and practitioners within the University and supervise a growing number of PhD students in the field of equity in higher education.

Key University programs and research projects include:

  • the Educator Network Research Stream: comprising a grant scheme and a series of network events exploring and promoting the scholarship of teaching and learning.
  • The Excellence in Teaching for Equity in Higher Education (ETEHE) program: an intensive program focussed on commissioning and developing research projects examining equity in teaching.
  • HEPPP evaluation and workshops: Support the HEPPP Access Plan and present an innovative and ethical approach to understanding, and continue to build on, our work in this area.
  • (re)Turning to our students project: a new research project that reconceptualises extant data examining student experiences of University.