In 2024, the Student Success Conference will offer a ‘Student Equity Forum’ to all delegates, as a capacity building activity for the sector. The Forum will be delivered in partnership with the Australian Centre for Student Equity & Success (ACSES) and equity focused affiliated organisations.

The details for the Forum are provided below.
Date: Monday 1st July, 2024
Time: 13:15pm – 15:15pm
Location: Ballroom, Sofitel Melbourne on Collins
Tickets: available through the registration process

The format of the ‘Student Equity Forum’ will include:

  • An overview of Student Equity.
  • The factors that lead to Student Success for underrepresented student groups.
  • Understanding if and how we have been successful in supporting underrepresented student groups access and succeed in higher education.
  • Embedding student equity in institutional and individual practice.

Presenters will include:

13:15pm – 13:25pmAcknowledgement of Country


Overview of the workshop
Kylie Austin
13:25pm – 13:45pmWhat is Student Equity?

– What is equity (different to equality)?
– What is equity mean in the higher education context? 
– What is the history and background to student equity in the higher education context?
– Why is equity central to the national higher education policy landscape?
– How is student equity addressed at a…system, institutional, individual level?
Kylie Austin

Ian Li 
13:45pm – 14:10pm (5 minute presentation each)What leads to Student Success?

Each presentation will address:
– What are the challenges to access and participation for this group?
– What does success look like for this group? 

Mini presentations will be provided by the following staff, through their own lens and context:

NAEEA – Karen Seary (Focus on Enabling)
ADCET – Darlene McLennan (Focus on Disability)
SPERA – Chris Ronan (Focus on Regional, Rural and Remote)
EPHEA – Sonal Singh (Diversity of equity groups)
Kylie Austin to facilitate
14:10pm – 14:50pmRoundtable Discussions – Each table led by one of the speakers above.

What key actions could you take to improve student experience in your institution for this cohort? 
– Organisational level (Strategies and Policies)
– In the classroom context (teaching and learning)
– Process improvement
– Additional supports
Kylie Austin to facilitate
14:50pm – 15:00pmHow do we know if we have been successful?Nadine Zacharias
15:00pm – 15:15pmWrap Up

Staying engaged in the national conversation about student equity:
– ACSES Newsletter / Website
– EPHEA Membership
– SPERA Membership
– ADCET Engagement
– NATSIHEC Membership
– NAEEA Membership
Kylie Austin