The National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE) will host a webinar on Wednesday 10 June, presented by Kylie Austin and Meg Smith from the University of Wollongong (UOW). Kylie and Meg will discuss how UOW’s Widening Participation and Outreach team has shifted its program to a remote delivery mode. They will be joined by university mentors and students engaging in the program.

Equity practitioners across the sector are currently responding to the impact of COVID-19 and how this influences the design, delivery and evaluation of Widening Participation (WP) Outreach activities. There is increased pressure on staff in WP roles, in responding to the needs of their institution and the needs of their partner schools, whilst maintaining the focus on enabling the aspirations of the students that sit at the heart of WP practice.

Underpinned by Dr Cathy Stone’s National Guidelines for Improving Student Outcomes in Online Learning, this webinar will share the practices that have been adopted by the team in shifting the delivery of WPO activities to remote learning in a rapid timeframe.

The one-hour presentation will be focused on the practical delivery of remote outreach programs, sharing the highlights and challenges of the approach and also what this will mean for the future delivery of UOW’s WPO activities. These will be shared from the perspectives of practitioners, student mentors and students engaged in the programs. In addition to the practical implementation of remote WPO activities, the workshop will also cover tips for maintaining an institutional commitment to WPO in light of the current COVID-19 global pandemic.

Event details

Wednesday 10 June 2020

  • 11:00 am–12:00 pm — WA
  • 12:30 pm–1:30 pm — SA/NT
  • 1:00 pm–2:00 pm — QLD/NSW/ACT/VIC/TAS

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The webinar is free to attend, it will be live captioned and recorded. The captioned video will then be made available from the NCSEHE website.

For more information, please visit the NCSEHE website or email

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