Access and Achievement Research Forum

StudentsThe forum, held by the Access and Achievement Research Unit (AARU), will include keynote presentations* from Mary Kelly, one of The Australian’s top 50 most influential people in higher education and Professor Trevor Gale, Chair in Education Policy and Social Justice at Deakin University.

‘The forum will showcase the work of researchers at the University who are investigating the experiences of under-represented groups in education,’ says Dr Andrew Harvey, Head, AARU. 

‘In order to better provide for our communities it is important to come together to build research capacity, communication and collaboration within the University in areas of access and achievement,’ says Dr Harvey. 

Different speakers throughout the day will touch on a number of areas of access achievement including increasing Indigenous participation, supporting mature age, rural and regional students and outcomes of non-English speaking background students.

There will also be presentations on past initiatives, engaging communities, encouraging lifelong learning and equity among postgraduate and higher degree cohorts from program leaders that drive La Trobe’s support services.

Media Opportunity/Event details

When: Thursday 18 October, 12 noon— 4.50pm
Where: John Scott Meeting house, La Trobe Melbourne Campus
RSVP: Lunch will be provided but RSVP for media is essential to Lisa Andrewartha,

*Keynote presentations

Mary Kelly

‘A state-wide approach to widening tertiary participation’

Mary Kelly is the Equity Director at Queensland University of Technology and manages the Equity Services Department which covers both staff and student social justice issues. She joined QUT in 1997 after 20 years in the education industry (mainly schooling) in both professional and industrial roles. Within her portfolio at QUT she has given special emphasis to issues around student poverty, gender equity, anti-racism, and reconciliation. As the responsible officer for the Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program, HEPPP, she coordinates both the outreach and support elements. This year, Mary Kelly was named as one of The Australian’s top 50 most influential people in higher education.

Professor Trevor Gale
'Conceptions of student transition in higher education: induction, development, becoming’

Trevor Gale is Professor of Education Policy and Social Justice at Deakin University. Prior to this, he was the founding director of the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education, a research centre funded by the Australian Government. While there he led the government-commissioned national review of university outreach programs, which now informs international policy and practice in the field. Professor Gale’s recent conception of student equity in terms of ‘mobility’, ‘aspiration’ and ‘voice’ and his typology of student transition, have reframed the problem of social inclusion in higher education. Professor Gale is a founding member of the National VET Equity Advisory Council, and the founding editor of Critical Studies in Education.


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