La Trobe University Grants

Improving postsecondary education planning for children in, and transitioning from, out-of-home care

In 2018, the Centre received a $34,400 grant from La Trobe’s Research Focus Area: Transforming Human Societies. The project will provide foundational research to map and analyse postsecondary education planning processes for Victorian children in, and transitioning from, out-of-home care (OOHC). This research will include: a literature review; mapping of transition processes within Victorian out-of-home care; and interviews with stakeholders from the Victorian education and welfare sectors. The project is led by A/Prof Andrew Harvey (La Trobe University) and includes A/Prof Jacqueline Wilson (Federation University Australia), A/Prof Philip Mendes (Monash University), and Dr Iain Matheson (Massey University). The Chief Investigators will also work with the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare (CFECFW) and Anglicare Victoria.

Visiting Fellow: International student equity admissions framework

In 2016, the Centre received a $9,239 grant from La Trobe’s Research Focus Area: Transforming Human Societies to fully fund a three week visiting fellowship for Dr Stella Flores. Dr Flores is Director of Access and Equity at the Steinhardt Institute for Higher Education Policy at New York University. The aim of the project is to develop a comparative international student equity admissions framework for higher education. This work builds on an initial seeding grant ($2,500 US) awarded to A/Prof Harvey and Dr Flores by the University of Pennsylvania in 2015, and addresses the need to transform societies by improving educational equity and opportunity. The fellowship provided the opportunity for A/Prof Harvey and Dr Flores to continue work on their collaborative research project, and present their research at the ‘Equity Policies in Admissions’ seminar at La Trobe University on 15 August 2016.