On 2 May 2013, Minister Sharon Bird announced that Curtin University would host the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE) from 2013, taking over from the University of South Australia.

Funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training (previously Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education), the NCSEHE’s purpose is to inform public policy design and implementation, and institutional practice, in order to improve higher education participation and success for marginalised and disadvantaged people.

The Centre’s objectives are:

  • to be at the centre of public policy dialogue about equity in higher education; and
  • to assist in ‘closing the loop’ between equity policy, research and practice by:
    • supporting and informing evaluation of current equity practice with a particular focus on identifying good practice
    • identifying innovative approaches to equity through existing research and the development of a forward research program to fill gaps in knowledge
    • translating these learnings into practical advice for decision makers and practitioners alike.

Whilst the Centre’s focus is equity in higher education, the work of the Centre is not limited to the issue of low SES participation; rather it focuses on equity issues as they relate to a range of marginalised and/or disadvantaged groups in Australia.

Headed by Professor Sue Trinidad, the Centre’s team comprises a group of highly qualified and passionate people with diverse backgrounds, competencies, and experiences.

Centre Overview

NCSEHE Strategic Plan 2016-2018 (2Mb)