About the Students Thriving Project
Students Thriving, to Tertiary and Beyond is a student led and co-designed project that sprouted from a nationwide forum facilitated in late 2020 by the Australian Disability Clearinghouse on Education and Training (ADCET). The forum, which sought to explore the key factors that enabled some students to thrive through the impact of COVID-19 on their tertiary education experience, also revealed a lack of awareness of existing support services and information. It also found that students who knew of such services, and utilised them, managed their studies with far less struggle, and hardship. Indeed, such students thrived where others felt isolated, anxious, and disadvantaged by the rapid changes to their learning journey.
Seeking to create possibilities for thriving in all students, beyond the impact of the pandemic, the National Disability Coordination Officer (NDCO) Program teamed with two students who participated in this forum to create a project group who would further explore ‘the most important things students need to know’, and ‘the ways to give this knowledge to students’.
This project aims to create improved linkages between students and their tertiary education providers by promoting engagement with the support that is available, as well as deepen students’ knowledge of their rights to participate equitably in all aspects of tertiary education. Additionally, the co-designed posters and film clips, which were inspired by the students’ own experiences, draw attention to the very useful resources for students with disability that are available on the Australian Disability Clearinghouse on Education and Training (ADCET) website.
The students who co-designed these posters and short film clips especially hope that tertiary education providers promote them to their student and staff communities, at key stages throughout the student journey, as well as regularly throughout the academic year, to help address the challenges that Students Thriving, to Tertiary and Beyond seeks to address.
The project team thank the students for their leadership and insights, without which this project would not have been so richly informed by lived experience. We also acknowledge the valuable contributions of the students who through our focus groups provided additional input and critical feedback. We appreciate the candour with which you approached these robust discussions.
Below are three examples of the posters available