World Access to Higher Education Day #WAHED2021

WAHED 2021 Event Details

Equity Practitioners in Higher Education Australasia (EPHEA) are thrilled to be partnering with the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education  excited to once again invite equity practitioners from Australia and New Zealand to join us for World Access to Higher Education Day (WAHED) Australasia.

This year’s event will feature a keynote from Professor Maria Raciti (USC), who will tackle the question, What’s the next step to help low SES students navigate perceived risk during these volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous times?

We will also hear from a disability practitioner and student panel, discussing important accessibility considerations when returning to an on-campus learning model.

Following an overwhelming response in 2020, we are thrilled to celebrate our 2021 WAHED Champions for Change (more details below). Last year, over 50 equity practitioners were recognised for their extraordinary efforts in supporting students to succeed in higher education. If you know a Champion for Change, submit your nomination today and they will be announced in front of an international audience.

WAHED 2021 will mark the introduction of the Australasian Spotlight on Equity: Grants for recognition of impact (more details below). EPHEA and NCSEHE value the efforts of equity-focused researchers and practitioners across the sector and wish to support our colleagues to raise the profile of their work, as well as supporting their continued professional development. These grants will reward the outstanding contributions of practitioners and researchers in delivering social justice, fairness and inclusion initiatives for both staff and students. The total grant pool is $10,000 and grant recipients will be announced at the WAHED event.

Champions for Change

Do you know someone who has been a Champion for Change in 2021?


As Equity Practitioners, we know that it is often small gestures that make a difference to how students experience university — each of us has probably witnessed how a well-timed intervention had a positive impact on an individual learner. Everyday advocacy makes our working environments more equitable for all staff across our universities, and we want to recognise the people who are making these positive changes happen. 

Champions will be recognised at our WAHED event on Wednesday 17th November, 2021.


Australasian Spotlight on Equity: Grants for recognition of impact

EPHEA and NCSEHE have partnered to provide a grant that recognises the impact of equity practitioners and researchers. This recognition will take the form of an official commendation and sponsorship opportunity for those engaged in equity research and/or practice activities. The grants aim to:

  • raise awareness and the profile of equity programs and research at an institutional level;

  • provide an avenue for staff and student equity programs and equity researchers to receive grant funds to assist in maximising impact of their activities;

  • offer a funding source to provide equity practitioners the opportunity to disseminate their practice/research or undertake ongoing professional development nationally and internationally.

Grants totalling $10,000 in value will be awarded to successful candidates. Please note that the total grant pool is $10,000 and that there may be up to four grants awarded from this total pool of funding.

If you are undertaking research and/or practice that is having a significant impact on staff or student outcomes, we encourage you to apply before 5 pm AEDT on Monday 1 November 2021.


About World Access to Higher Education Day

WAHED is an annual event, raising worldwide awareness around inequalities in access and success in higher education and acting as a catalyst for international, regional and local action.

The theme for this year is Equitable access and success through and post the pandemic.

More information about the global event is available on the WAHED website.