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NCSEHE Student Equity Snapshots Forum

Event details

You’re invited to join us for an exciting series of lightning talks and online discussions presented by the 2019/20 Equity Fellows between 26–30 October 2020.

Since 2016, the NCSEHE has supported 12 Equity Fellows to conduct targeted research projects, advancing student equity research, policy and practice. The 2019/20 cohort have each undertaken major year-long projects, variously focusing on regional and remote students, students with disability, mature age students, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

Participants at this year’s Student Equity Snapshots Forum will gain unique insight into current student equity issues, delivered by the six Fellows, followed by live online discussions related to their projects.

Attendees will also receive a free limited edition Student Equity Snapshots publication, showcasing the work of our 2019/20 Equity Fellows.

Event Program

Monday 26 October 2020

Supporting students’ mental wellbeing: Mature-aged students in regional and remote Australia say teaching and learning makes such a difference!

Dr Nicole Crawford, NCSEHE

Guest facilitators: Professor Maria Raciti and Professor Sally Kift

In this lightning talk, Nicole will share a snapshot of her NCSEHE Equity Fellowship, which focused on how we (staff and universities) can proactively support the mental wellbeing of mature-aged university students in regional and remote Australia.

Tuesday 27 October 2020

Pathways to allied health: Insights from Indigenous health professionals

Dr Andrea Simpson, La Trobe University

Guest facilitator: Professor James Smith

Why do Indigenous students choose to study health? What is their student experience, and would they recommend their choice to others?

Closing the workforce “gap” between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians is an important national priority, one which feeds into an overarching policy of reducing evidenced socioeconomic disparities. Yet only 0.4 per cent of university-qualified allied health professionals identify as Indigenous. This Fellowship considered how Indigenous allied health professionals arrived at their chosen professions and explored their individual career narratives.

Wednesday 28 October 2020

On footprints, the university experience and why we need to listen to regional students

Dr Janine Delahunty, University of Wollongong

Guest facilitator: Dr Cathy Stone

Deciding to go to university for regional people is often a complex process of considerations, that go far beyond which degree pathway to take. But what are these considerations, and how do we know what students are contending with once they begin their studies, unless we ask? Unless we take heed?

Thursday 29 October 2020

Building a stronger evidence base to support effective outreach strategies for Indigenous students: Increasing impact and university participation

Dr Katelyn Barney, University of Queensland

Guest facilitator: Dr Nicole Crawford

Many universities run outreach camps for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander school students and the case for these initiatives is strong as much data exists about the barriers Indigenous students face in entering university. However, the research and evidence base for these equity programs remains largely underdeveloped.

Drawing on findings from Katelyn’s Equity Fellowship, this talk gives a snapshot of what makes outreach programs a “success” in this context and suggests strategies to improve and strengthen outreach programs.

Friday 30 October 2020

Disability support in higher education: What our students are telling us

Associate Professor Tim Pitman, Curtin University

Guest facilitator: Louise Pollard

This year, Tim has been asking students with disability to rate the level of support they receive from their higher education institution. Already, more than 800 students have done so and the number keeps growing.

In this talk, Tim will give you an insight into what students are saying, about how they are being supported. This includes not only the physical infrastructure of the university but also its rules and processes, the attitudes of people, technology, communication, and its social life. Tim will also talk about how support is perceived by regional students, compared to their urban peers.

Friday 30 October 2020

‘There’s nothing inevitable about exclusion’: Choices and issues in careers support for students with disability

Mr David Eckstein, Swinburne University of Technology

Guest facilitator: Matt Brett

Universities want career development for students with disability, but resource constraints make things difficult. The good news is that readily available assets can be used to meet the needs of each university and its students.

This lightning talk will share highlights from national staff and student consultation including students’ lived experience of disability and its impact on their career aspirations; service options; and open-access resources, a community of practice and an end-of-year summit for all universities.

Further information and registration details



Dates and times

26 Oct 2020 12:00am AWST
30 Oct 2020 12:00am AWST