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Building a stronger evidence base to support effective outreach strategies for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students: Increasing impact and university participation
This Equity Fellowship focused on outreach programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and examines “what works” and what could be improved in these programs. Most universities are running outreach initiatives for Indigenous high school students. The study identified the need for improved post-camp engagement with students, as well as cultural aspects and Indigenous perspectives in the curriculum.
Equity through complexity: Inside the “black box” of the Block Model
This study investigated an innovation in higher education that has achieved demonstrable results for equity students: the Block Model at Victoria University.
Open textbooks and social justice: A national scoping study
Research found free textbooks with more diverse content could reduce inequities in learning experiences and outcomes for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
It’s time for an Australian Widening Participation Statement of Ethics
In this blog post, Maria Raciti proposes a set of ethical principles to guide Australia’s widening participation community.
Informing Policy and Practice V
The fifth volume in the Informing Policy and Practice series collates 21 reports from the NCSEHE Student Equity in Higher Education Research Grants and Equity Fellows Programs.
Pathways or Goat Tracks – Non-ATAR University Entrance
This research report fills research gaps around how young people find out about pathways into further education and future careers, including alternative non-ATAR pathways into university and pathways to vocational education.
Equity off course: Mapping equity access across courses and institutions
This NCSEHE-funded research examined student equity stratification by field of education and institution using national student enrolment data released to universities by the Department of Education, Skills and Employment.
Understanding wellbeing challenges for university students during crisis disruption
This NCSEHE-funded research investigates mental health and wellbeing amongst university students, and how the levels of support offered by institutions impacts students during periods of disruption.
Investigating the relevance of mental health for the current equity groups framework: An analysis of multi-agency linked-administrative data
This NCSEHE-funded study identified the critical importance of pre-existing poor mental health as a predictor of student attrition during the first year of university.
Co-creating a manifesto for student-staff partnerships & equity
Working with university students and staff during the 2021 Students as Partners roundtable, researchers co-created a manifesto for student-staff partnerships and equity.