University and Community Programs

The Centre of Excellence for Equity in Higher Education (CEEHE) is a centre for equity research and practice that sits within the Faculty of Education and Arts at 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. CEEHE has developed a principles-based framework to guide the allocation of all equity resources at UON.

By taking a facilitative and inter-disciplinary approach, we aim to challenge persistent inequalities in higher education and provide co-developed projects that increase access to and success in education and lifelong learning.

The widening participation programs offered by CEEHE support students and community members from diverse backgrounds to enter and excel in education.

We are committed to working with communities to develop opportunities that showcase the importance of lifelong learning and introduce students and families to a range of possible futures.

A guiding principle of CEEHE is that access to and participation in higher education of the highest quality is one of the most powerful ways for a nation to ensure social equity, cultural cohesion and respect for difference, economic stability and democratic participation.

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.

Click on the individual programs in the left hand menu for further detail.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.