Department of Veterans’ Affairs

Supporting younger veterans to succeed in higher education

The Centre for Higher Education Equity and Diversity Research (CHEEDR) has received a $21,976 grant from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Supporting Younger Veterans program. The grants program supports the needs of younger military veterans as they leave the Australian Defence Force and integrate back into civilian life. The successful project, ‘Supporting younger veterans to succeed in higher education’, will be led by Dr Andrew Harvey and Lisa Andrewartha. Working with the Australian Student Veterans Association (ASVA), the researchers aim to redress the lack of national research into the number of younger veterans at university, their specific needs and strengths, and their graduate outcomes. The project will ask for student veterans’ views on: barriers to accessing higher education; the potential to improve support services; strengths that veterans bring to their studies; formal recognition for military service; and the potential to develop and expand ASVA chapters across Australian campuses. The research will inform university policies and practices to better support younger veterans to succeed in higher education.