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Introducing the NCSEHE Research Database

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Since 2013, the NCSEHE has conducted targeted research, projects, and data analysis to inform student equity policy and practice, as well as commissioning external research.

To navigate the wealth of material now available on the NCSEHE website, this new Research Database features advanced search capabilities to provide an accessible repository of research, resources, journal articles, multimedia and more.

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New NCSEHE-funded research — Accessible university pathways empower women in STEM

Image of two women an a lab with text: STEM Pathways: The impact of equity, motivation and prior achievement

The strong academic performance of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) degrees could be better reflected in career outcomes by addressing access and post-graduation barriers, the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) reports.

The new research, led by Dr Julie McMillan and funded by the NCSEHE, has found women commonly outperformed their peers in STEM subjects but were among other equity groups requiring targeted interventions during the transitions into, and out of, university.

Read the full report


Event now accessible online! EPHEA WA meeting and NCSEHE presentation by Lydia Woodyatt — Mental wellbeing for university staff

Lydia Woodyatt

Due to Australia-wide interest in the Equity Practitioners in Higher Education Australasia (EPHEA) WA meeting and presentation on Friday 9 July, the event will now be delivered entirely online.

The event will commence with a presentation by Associate Professor Lydia Woodyatt, supported by the NCSEHE, on mental wellbeing for university staff.

More information and registration


Feature article — An equity perspective on the development of student learner profiles

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Beyond ATAR metrics, learner profiles have the potential to capture broader capabilities and attainments, but what does this mean for students from disadvantaged backgrounds?

In this feature article, NCSEHE researchers, Dr Nicole Crawford, Dr Paul Koshy, Dr Olivia Groves and Dr Catherine Drane discuss design and implementation from a student equity perspective.

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New resource — Fostering high university and vocational expectations during adolescence through discussions

Pages from the Mario Framework publication

A new Mario Framework publication draws on research by NCSEHE Fellows Dr Catherine Drane and Dr Lynette Vernon (Edith Cowan University) on fostering low SES children's career and educational aspirations.

Published in the June 2021 MARIO Memo, the resource by Emmy Thamakaison from Stanford University is essential reading for parents and carers.

Read the full publication


Featured interview — Welcome to our new student research assistants!

Georgie Foley and Amy Coleman

Earlier this year, Amy Coleman and Georgie Foley began working at the NCSEHE as research assistants. Since then, they have been immersed in all things student equity, working alongside members of the NCSEHE team.

We asked Amy and Georgie to tell us a little about themselves and their experiences so far… 

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Project update: Career Development Learning Hub for Students with Disability

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The first newsletter for the research project, National Career Development Learning Hub for Students with Disability was issued this week.

Funded by the National Careers Institute (NCI) and led by NCSEHE Director Prof. Sarah O'Shea, the project will establish the first dedicated national Career Development Learning (CDL) Hub for students with disability.

Read the newsletter

Subscribe for updates by emailing Dr Olivia Groves: olivia.groves@curtin.edu.au


Article — Half of regional mature-age students are at risk of dropping out

Pages from Business at Curtin magazine

The 2021 edition of Business at Curtin magazine showcases NCSEHE Equity Fellowship research by Dr Nicole Crawford
on mature-age regional and remote student mental wellbeing.

This magazine showcases a selection of the latest future-focused research conducted in the Faculty of Business and Law at Curtin University.

Read the full publication


2021 Higher Education Research and Development Journal Awards

Nicole Crawford and Tim Pitman

Congratulations to all the 2021 HERD Journal award winners, including NCSEHE Senior Research Fellow Dr Nicole Crawford (Reviewer of the Year Award) and Equity Fellow A/Prof. Tim Pitman (Best Article Award runner up).

Despite the disappointment of the HERDSA Conference postponement, it is wonderful to recognise the achievements and contributions of HERDSA members and colleagues in higher education.

Read the full list of award recipients


Journal article — The online student experience: A MAC-ICE thematic structure

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Research by NCSEHE Equity Advisor Dr Mel Henry from Curtin University identified themes around students’ experiences of online education through a case study of online first-year university students.

The six themes that describe students’ lived experiences of online education are summarised as motivation, ability, circumstances – interaction, curriculum and environment. In the Australasian Journal of Educational Technology article, Dr Henry presents opportunities to enhance the online student experience through consideration of these identified themes.

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