The University’s commitment to equitable teaching is reflected in its inclusive pedagogy and its collaborative approach to innovative education. Support beyond the learning and teaching sphere completes the circle to provide true and meaningful opportunities for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Activities undertaken by the Widening Participation Unit contribute to the University’s efforts to achieve the wider participation of students from disadvantaged equity groups. Made possible through the Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP), allocated funds are designed to promote targeted, evidence based initiatives that result in greater levels of equitable participation.

To celebrate the fact that our university is founded on diversity that affirms ‘Everyone Belongs’  (the theme of 2018 National Harmony Day), and that inclusive education experiences are transformative, at the Harmony Day Morning Tea on March 21, the Interim Pro Vice Chancellor (Programs and Pathways) will launch the 2018 LEAP –Partnership Engagement Grant Scheme.

The 2018 LEAP – Partnership Engagement Grant Scheme will:

  • Provide financial support to portfolios and faculties to develop and deliver targeted learning, teaching and research programs that raise levels of student engagement and participation in those with a low Socio Economic Status (SES)
  • Expand and enhance collaborative networks across the University
  • Broaden understandings of the challenges faced by low SES students to effectively participate in higher education

The 2018 National Harmony Day theme ‘Everyone Belongs’ closely aligns with the University’s commitment to inclusiveness through a “culture of caring for the wellbeing of all members of the community.” (Our University: A Framing of Futures; Priority 3: Aligning the nature and size of the University for the future)

Education, and the fundamental right to it, as stated in Article 13 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) promotes “full development of the human personality and the sense of dignity… (as well as the ability) to participate effectively in a free society”.

As a university of service and engagement that aspires to be a destination of choice for students, and create positive impact through transformative learning, widening participation is a core element.

Widening Participation initiatives aim to strategically support students in higher education who are identified as disadvantaged and underrepresented due primarily to their low SES. Broadening higher education access for these students and encouraging high levels of participation, engagement and impact, are continuous objectives of Widening Participation.

More information about the 2018 LEAP – Partnership Engagement Grant Scheme will be available at our Harmony Day Morning Tea on 21st March 2018 at 10am in the foyer of 19 Eastern Road. We look forward to you joining us!

Widening Participation Unit

Posted by Carolina Morison

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