NEWS AND EVENTS
World Access to Higher Education Day - #WAHED2021
On Wednesday 17 November EPHEA partnered with the National Centre for Student Excellence in Higher Education to host World Access to Higher Education Day.
The biennial EPHEA conference is as a key professional development forum for equity practitioners in a wide range of fields to highlight best practice in student and staff equity.
Equity practitioners across the higher education sectors in Australia, New Zealand/Pacific and internationally are invited to participate. Researchers specialising in higher education equity issues are also welcome.
Annual General Meeting
EPHEA's AGM takes place at the EPHEA conference, or digitally in a non-conference year.
SUBMISSIONS AND MEDIA RELEASES
Perspectives on the challenges to access and equity in HE
A collection of articles from 17 leading global figures in the field of higher education (HE) equity argues that we are at a critical moment where access to HE for those from minority and disadvantaged majority groups is concerned. The articles show that there is a real risk that inequalities in HE access will become further entrenched as we emerge from the pandemic without concerted, collaborative action by policymakers and university leaders.
2018-19 WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality
EPHEA congratulates winners of the 2018-19 Workplace Gender Equality Agency Employer of Choice for Gender Equality citation holders.
Gender equality can't be solved through citations or strategies on paper it has to be embraced by all staff and lead by visionary leaders who understand the barriers and want to lead change.
Response to Job-ready Graduates Package draft legislation
The Equity Practitioners in Higher Education Australasia (EPHEA) provided feedback to the Minister for Education, Skills and Employment - the Honorable Dan Tehan MP on the Job-ready Graduates Package draft legislation.
Supporting regional, rural and remote students in HE
EPHEA provided recommendations, and met with, the Regional Education Expert Advisory Group in relation the National Regional, Rural and Remote Education Strategy aimed to drive increased participation in post-secondary education.
In response to the National Regional, Rural and Remote Education Strategy Framing Paper EPHEA made several recommendations to better support for students from regional, rural and remote (RRR) locations.
Response to proposed
Higher Education Reforms
EPHEA contacted the Minister for Education, Skills and Employment to provide feedback on the proposed Higher Education reforms.
Of note are the proposed changes to the Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP) and the establishment of the Indigenous, Regional and Low-SES Attainment Fund (IRLAF).
10 steps to a more equitable higher education system
EPHEA provided information to both the Minister for Education and Training, and the Opposition Minister for Education and Training (read our letter here) in response to Labor’s announcements committing to boost equity and participation in Australian Universities.
EPHEA believes that a bipartisan approach to equity in HE is a productive and necessary way forward to improve policy settings conducive to participation by equity groups in this sector.