Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP)

What is HEPPP?

The Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP) provides Australian Government funding to assist universities to improve access, retention and completion rates of students from a low socio-economic status (SES) background, students from regional and remote areas, and Indigenous students.

What is HEPPP at La Trobe?

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students) (DVCS) has responsibility for HEPPP, and the Centre for Higher Education Equity and Diversity Research (CHEEDR) oversees the University’s HEPPP funds on behalf of the DVCS.

La Trobe uses HEPPP funding to support major equity initiatives across the University, including: the Educational Partnerships Program; and scholarships. All major HEPPP projects are rigorously evaluated.

HEPPP-funded projects

Educational Partnerships Program

The Educational Partnerships Program collaborates with 33 low SES schools and two Flexible Learning Centres to deliver sequential activities to raise achievement and provide an understanding of post-school pathways, including university and careers.

Support Coordinator Program

The Support Coordinator Program assists low SES, regional/remote and Indigenous students to develop a sustainable education plan, ensures students are connected to the right supports for individual success, and designs and delivers specialist programs and activities.

Peer Learning Advisers (PLAs)

PLA’s provide academic skills advice, numeracy and literacy advice to students.

AccessAbility Hub

The AccessAbility Hub promotes inclusive education and provides services to students who require reasonable adjustments to enable their full access to and participation in education, including students with a disability, with carer responsibilities and students from a refugee background.

The Centre for Higher Education Equity and Diversity Research (CHEEDR)

The Centre leads research, analysis and evaluation to inform University strategies for improving access and achievement levels of under-represented students.

The Centre also regularly conducts evaluations of major HEPPP-funded programs and also provides an advisory role, including provision and analysis of relevant institutional data, and consultation with program managers on the development of methodologies for internal program evaluations.

In2Science Program

The In2Science Program matches University student mentors with STEM classes or small groups of students in low SES and regional/rural/remote schools. The Program relates schoolwork to real-world examples and encourages the pursuit of STEM study into Year 12 and beyond.

Equity Support Scholarships

Equity Support Scholarships are awarded on the basis of educational disadvantage to support students.

Support for Care Leavers

Financial, personal and academic support for domestic undergraduate students at the University who spent time in formal out-of-home care (i.e. foster care, residential care, kinship care, ward of the State).

Bursaries for Students from Refugee Backgrounds

To assist students from refugee backgrounds starting university, all eligible commencing undergraduate domestic students who are from refugee backgrounds will receive a bursary which is valued at $500.

College of Science, Health and Engineering HEPPP-funded projects

SHE Subject Support Tutor Program

The SHE Subject Support Tutor Program provides discipline and course-specific academic support for academically under-prepared students.

SHE Employment Grants

Awarded on the basis of financial disadvantage to assist low socio-economic status students with placements and internships.

College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce HEPPP-funded projects

ASSC Subject Support Tutor Program

The ASSC Subject Support Tutor Program provides discipline and course-specific academic support for academically under-prepared students.

ASSC Employment Grants

Awarded on the basis of financial disadvantage to assist low socio-economic status students with placements and internships.

Evaluations

  • School Partnerships Program (SPP)
  • College of Science Health and Engineering (SHE) outreach program
  • ‘VCE Plus’ program
  • UniBridges
  • Succeed Program (Academic Early Warning System)
  • Tertiary Enabling Program.

Planning for 2021

The Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students) worked with the Centre for Higher Education Equity and Diversity Research, College Provosts, and other senior staff to establish 2021 HEPPP priorities and budgets.

All HEPPP projects were assessed against Commonwealth eligibility criteria and the University’s strategic objectives.