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ADCET Webinar: Leveraging students’ voices to strengthen student support

Thu 7 Jul 2022 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm AEST


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Students with additional needs and/or disabilities may encounter a number of challenges in the structures, timeframes, and processes of the higher education environment. This makes it essential that universities can effectively accommodate students’ diverse strengths and needs, and support them to reach their learning and personal potential.

Research in Australia is highlighting the need for a more student-centred approach in the provision of university support. This webinar draws upon a study of university students’ voices to explore what makes for effective student support and the ways in which it can be enhanced and improved. The findings reveal that effective support goes beyond the tangible; it is not simply accommodating students’ academic needs, but the feeling of personalised support and care students receive, and enabling student agency and empowerment. Support can be perceived as ineffective by students when these positive aspects are lacking or absent. However, the support can often be improved, even with minimal resourcing.

Note: In this webinar, students with additional needs and/or disabilities are considered students whose needs may make them eligible for academic accommodation or accessibility support. This includes not only students who identify as having a disability, but also students with learning difficulties, chronic illness, illness, or difficult personal circumstances which may require support from the university’s student support services. Language around disability is an evolving space and whilst person-first language is used in this webinar, the presenter recognises and supports individual’s personal preferences, including identity-first language. The presenter also recognises that not all students who are typically conflated under the term ‘disability’ will identify as having a disability. The presenter welcomes conversation in this space as we work to increase inclusion across all aspects of our society.  

Audience: This webinar may be of interest to disability practitioners and student support service providers in higher education. It may also be of interest to educators and other higher education staff


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Elizabeth Hitches, PhD Candidate at the University of Queensland

In both research and teaching, Elizabeth strives to foster inclusive and equitable learning environments where all students can reach their full academic and personal potential. Elizabeth is a PhD candidate, as well as a research officer and research assistant in both qualitative and quantitative research. Her research interests lie in inclusive education at a national and international level, as well as equity, achievement, and wellbeing for students with disability, chronic health conditions and/or additional accessibility needs. She is also a sessional academic across various universities, teaching inclusive education, the value of diversity, and the need for accessibility and equity. Elizabeth Hitches LinkedIn profile

The webinar is free to attend and it will be live captioned.

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ADCET is hosted by the University of Tasmania

Event times in your timezone

ACT, NSW, Qld, Tas, Vic 7 Jul 2022 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
NT, SA 7 Jul 2022 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
WA 7 Jul 2022 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
NZ 7 Jul 2022 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm