equity in higher education

We asked academics to be real about work. Here are our new findings

By Roxanna Pebdani

My children were two and three years old in March of 2020 when Sydney went into its first COVID-19  lockdown.  At the time, I was in an education-focussed leadership role but also still teaching and conducting research. I was supporting my colleagues as they pivoted to online learning at the same time as helping implement

O’Shea: All I want for higher education now and tomorrow

By Sarah O'Shea

Fresh from delivering a widely-applauded keynote at this year’s HERDSA conference, “Fragility or tenacity? Equity and participation in

Is this now the Federal government’s most bone-headed idea ever?

By Inger Mewburn

Apparently international PhD students in Australia now have to seek ministerial approval to change their thesis topic or

We struggled to make university more equal. Has that battle for equality worked now?

By Ian Li

Australian education policy has really focussed on getting  ‘equity groups’ into university and then onto completion with initiatives designed to improve access and participation. That worked.  Recent data indicate that there has been growth in the university enrolment of these equity groups in the past ten years. Published studies have also found evidence for comparable

There are direct actions we can take now to make university access fair

By Sally Patfield

While in recent decades there has been a focus on improving equitable access to higher education, inequalities cannot be overcome by simply exhorting more young people to go to university. Policies must also address the disparities between students that affect their capacity to ‘choose’ higher education.  Australia has seen substantial growth in university enrolments since

COVID-19 has destroyed academic careers & stalled equity in our universities: Death knell or opportunity?

By Troy Heffernan

In mid-March, my university sent me and my colleagues home to work remotely for what everyone thought would be a week, maybe ten days. It was meant to be just enough time for Victoria to get on top of the virus that was increasingly in the news. More than 280 days later, most of us

First in family to attend university: latest Australian research findings

By Suzanne Macqueen

Over the past fifty years there has been a huge increase in enrolments in higher education in many

Research evidence of issues facing disadvantaged students in higher education

By Sue Trinidad

The issues facing disadvantaged students wanting a tertiary education are multi-faceted. Just getting into a course at university