2019 HEPPP funded LEAP PEGS initiatives

The Pro Vice-Chancellor Programs and Pathways, Professor Sean Brawley, along with the Widening Participation Unit (WPU) warmly congratulates the successful applicants of 2019 LEAP – PEGS ( Partnerships Engagement Grant Scheme)

Nearly thirty different applications were submitted seeking participation in this year’s LEAP PEGS program. The high number of submissions demonstrates the positive will among our growing network of internal and external partners to positively engage students in meaningful opportunities. 

Twelve projects were successful in participating in this year’s LEAP -PEGS program. The initiatives vary from outreach opportunities through to progression beyond the higher education journey.

Successful 2019 LEAP PEGS applicants were invited to attend a Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP) Lunch and Learn hosted by WPU, along with the University’s wider community of equity practitioners.

HEPPP Lunch and Learn Highlights

  • Acting Pro Vice-Chancellor (Students) from the University of Wollongong (UOW), Kylie Austin, also attended the event, sharing in her address perspectives of equity in higher education as interpreted and delivered by UOW.
  • Ms Austin discussed UOW’s response to recent changes in the higher education landscape from the view point of equity cohorts and the reviews undertaken to better measure the impact of widening participation initiatives.
  • Evidence informed outcomes have pointed to a clear need for greater holistic collaboration across the sector and between institutions to achieve more cohesive action with which to influence policy and deliver the best impact and opportunity for disadvantaged students.


Growing our community of practice, via initiatives such as LEAP PEGS, is vital to increasing efforts aimed at raising awareness of the challenges faced by underrepresented equity students. A robust network of collaborators is also essential for providing a strong platform from which best practice can be shared as well as improved.

Congratulations to the following 2019 LEAP PEGS initiatives:

  • Dunmore Lang College Short Stay Program
  • Regional Engagements
  • Global Leadership Program Enrichment Experiences
  • Junior Science Academy 2-day Program for Students and their Parents
  • LEAP into FBE
  • Making Connections (ATSI Students)
  • Making Connections (Refugee Students)
  • Miller Technology High School, Football United Engagement Program
  • Science Festival at The Australian Museum
  • Careers and Employment Services – Suits program
  • Walanga Muru: Wuyabiba Bush Hub Program
  • MQ Outreach Trailer ( idea credit Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences)

For further information about these initiatives, please visit HEPPP@MQ

Collectively we look forward to creating positive impact and opportunity for students from underrepresented and disadvantaged backgrounds.

Posted by Carolina Morison

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