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National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE)

The National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE) is a research and policy centre funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and based at Curtin University.

The NCSEHE provides national leadership in student equity in higher education, connecting research, policy and practice to improve higher education participation and success for marginalised and disadvantaged people.

Diverse activities conducted by the Centre focus on strengthening Australia’s research quality, capability and capacity to build a robust evidence base; and informing evidence-based policy design and implementation, and institutional best practice.

The NCSEHE conducts a broad scope of activities including:

  • research-based projects both independently and in collaboration with other organisations, funded through external grants or through Centre resources
  • the NCSEHE Research Grants Program
  • equity policy and program evaluation
  • Research Fellowships and Equity Fellowships
  • student equity data analysis, online resources and briefing notes
  • print and digital publications
  • collaborative and independent events
  • representation at national and international conferences
  • an emphasis on effective communication through channels including: website, electronic newsletters, social media and general media exposure.

The Centre has established a strong national presence, engaging with key stakeholders and maintaining sector-wide partnerships to enhance outcomes and delivery of research and recommendations. The growing reputation and influence of the Centre has contributed to student equity becoming firmly incorporated into higher education policy.