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Student equity



Working paper

The inclusion of LGBTQI+ students across education systems: an overview

This paper provides a brief history of how the LGBTQI+ population has often been misunderstood, in order to understand the educational challenges faced by students who identify as a part of this population.
Discussion paper

Review of the National School Reform Agreement: call for submissions

The Productivity Commission has commenced a review of the National School Reform Agreement. The review will examine how well national policy initiatives by the Australian, and State and Territory Governments, have achieved the objectives and outcomes set out in the Agreement. This call for submissions...
Report

Amplify Insights: Education inequity part two - levers of change

This report examines key drivers of inequity within Australia’s educational system and the impacts on students, and provides recommendations on what needs to be done both inside and outside the school gates to deliver a more equitable education system post-pandemic.
Report

'You going to uni?' Exploring how people from regional, rural and remote areas navigate into and through higher education

This report, by 2020 NCSEHE Equity Fellow, Dr Janine Delahunty, recommends engaging students from regional, rural and remote areas to identify their challenges, strengths and hopes for the future, to improve their educational outcomes.
Report

Equity through complexity: inside the “black box” of the Block Model

This study investigates an innovation in higher education that has achieved demonstrable results for equity students - the Block Model at Victoria University. The study looked inside the “black box” of the Block Model, interviewing Victoria University leaders, academics and students about why it has...
Report

Exploring benefits and challenges of online Work Integrated Learning for equity students

This research finds that online work placements benefit students from disadvantaged backgrounds, if their diversity and strengths are recognised through meaningful work and professional connections.
Report

STEM pathways: the impact of equity, motivation and prior achievement

To improve pathways and outcomes for disadvantaged students in the future, this report finds that demonstrating to young people the value and applicability of mathematics in early adolescence was a key determinant of students’ future persistence in STEM.
Briefing paper

Student equity in VET: participation, achievement and outcomes

This publication presents information on how different equity groups fare in their VET journey. The featured equity groups have historically been disadvantaged in accessing and benefitting from education in Australia.
Report

Education in remote and complex environments

While online education has the potential to bridge gaps in education access, it is no substitute for in-classroom teaching. This inquiry examined how education meets the learning needs of students in regional, rural and remote communities, and how barriers in education can be overcome.
Briefing paper

Education resource gaps in Australia remain amongst the largest in the world

Disadvantaged students in Australia are being denied equal opportunities to learn because they face far more shortages of teachers and material resources than advantaged students.
Report

The 'new normal': the future of education after COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in an unprecedented disruption to schools and learners in England. This research identifies three areas where the pandemic has the potential to open up new conversations about the future of schooling in England.
Discussion paper

Discussion paper on the 2020 Review of the Disability Standards for Education 2005

This discussion paper expands on the NCSEHE’s recent submission to the 2020 Review of the Disability Standards for Education (2005). It examines issues that the standards were developed to address, including institutional responses to disability, the identification of disability, curriculum development, accreditation and delivery, student...
Report

Equity in postgraduate education in Australia: widening participation or widening the gap?

This report provides direction for the Australian higher education sector to improve postgraduate outcomes for equity group students, as higher degrees become an expectation of employment advancement.
Discussion paper

Artificial intelligence, ethics, equity and higher education: a ‘beginning-of-the-discussion’ paper

The intention of the paper is to equip stakeholders with talking points to prompt informed and sustained dialogue on how artificial intelligence (AI) might be used for good, and for what it’s good for, and importantly, to consider where it should not be used at...
Interactive resource

National student equity data

This ​suite of interactive resources provides public access to data on equity group students among Australia’s undergraduate population. Two data pages allow users to make comparisons between institutions, as well as at the national, state or territory, and institutional grouping level.
Report

COVID catch-up: helping disadvantaged students close the equity gap

Australia should launch a $1 billion, six-month tutoring blitz to help one million disadvantaged school students recover learning lost during the COVID-19 lockdowns, according to this Grattan Institute report.
Report

‘Mind the Gap!’ Exploring the post-graduation outcomes and employment mobility of individuals who are first in their family to complete a university degree

This one-year study explored how learners intersected by a range of equity categories entered the employment market and how individuals experienced this entry qualitatively. Adopting a mixed methods approach, the study analysed statistics related to post-graduation outcomes for the general student population, comparing them to...
Position paper

Alice Springs (Mparntwe) education declaration

This Declaration sets out all Australian Education Ministers' visions for education in Australia and their commitment to improving educational outcomes for young Australians
Report

Informing Policy and Practice IV: 2017/18 student equity in higher education research grants program projects

The objective of the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE) is to build the evidence base through research informing policy and practice. One of the ways we have achieved this is through the NCSEHE Research Grants Program. This publication reviews outcomes from...
Briefing paper

Equity student participation in Australian higher education 2013–2018

This briefing note reports on domestic undergraduate equity student participation in Australian higher education from 2013 to 2018.