A national centre to advance equity for all students to participate in higher education has found a new home at Curtin University, following a competitive process open to all 37 public universities in Australia in 2012.
Funded by the Australian Government, the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE) began operations from Curtin’s Bentley Campus in June.
Curtin’s Professor Sue Trinidad has been appointed as the centre’s Director. Prior to this role, Trinidad was the University’s Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Teaching and Learning in the Faculty of Humanities.
Overseeing the centre’s strategic direction as Chairman of the Board is the Hon. Fred Chaney AO, a Director on the Board of Reconciliation Australia Ltd, Deputy President of the Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation Board and previous chancellor of Murdoch University.
“The national centre has a very important role in bringing together groups doing valuable work in this and related fields,” says Chaney, “as we should not be endlessly inventing programs, but rather improving the total social context and environment of equity students.”
Previously hosted by the University of South Australia, the centre aims to improve higher education participation and success for marginalised and disadvantaged people.
More information about the centre and its research can be found at its new website: ncsehe.edu.au.