University wins right to host centre

Lisa Cryer with her son Jackson.
Lisa Cryer with her son Jackson.

The University was selected out of 38 public universities and plans to establish the National Centre for Student Equality in High Education within the John Curtin Institute of Public Policy.

Curtin vice-chancellor Jeanette Hacket said the centre would provide the perfect opportunity for Curtin to be an engaged and committed leader in local, national and global communities of student equity and access to higher education.

‘It will provide increased resources for Curtin and other universities in WA and nationally to explore and evaluate initiatives aimed at improving participation in higher education by people from disadvantaged backgrounds,’ Professor Hacket said.

John Curtin Institute of Public Policy executive director John Phillimore said the centre would be supported by Curtin’s own resources, employ its own staff and PhD students, and run grants to conduct research and projects on equity initiatives in universities.