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NCSEHE webinar: The WPO ‘Pivot’ — Shifting Widening Participation Outreach activities to a remote learning environment

Event Details
Zoom webinar
10 June 2020

Webinar Overview

Equity practitioners across the sector are currently responding to the impact of COVID-19 and how this influences the design, delivery and evaluation of Widening Participation (WP) Outreach activities. There is increased pressure on staff in WP roles, in responding to the needs of their institution and the needs of their partner schools, whilst maintaining the focus on enabling the aspirations of the students that sit at the heart of WP practice.

Presented by Kylie Austin and Meg Smith from the University of Wollongong (UOW), this webinar will describe how UOW’s Widening Participation and Outreach team has shifted its program to a remote delivery mode. Underpinned by National Guidelines for Improving Student Outcomes in Online Learning, the webinar will share the practices that have been adopted by the team in shifting the delivery of WPO activities to remote learning in a rapid timeframe.

The one-hour presentation will be focused on the practical delivery of remote outreach programs, sharing the highlights and challenges of the approach and also what this will mean for the future delivery of UOW’s WPO activities. These will be shared from the perspectives of practitioners, student mentors and students engaged in the programs. In addition to the practical implementation of remote WPO activities, the workshop will also cover tips for maintaining an institutional commitment to WPO in light of the current COVID-19 global pandemic.

Kylie and Meg will be joined by their university mentors and students engaging in the program.

About the presenters

Kylie Austin, Senior Manager, Outreach and Equity, University of Wollongong

Kylie has 12 years’ experience in working in the higher education sector in leading the strategic planning for student equity initiatives. Over this period, Kylie has led the implementation of outreach, transition and co-curricular programs that aim to increase the participation of students from identified equity backgrounds in higher education. Kylie has a significant research interest in how partnerships can increase outcomes for students from equity groups across the student life cycle.

Meg Smith, Outreach Manager, University of Wollongong
An employee at the University of Wollongong since 2016, Meg was initially in marketing and recruitment roles for faculties, before being appointed as Outreach Manager in 2019. Prior to this, she was the director of a number of marketing agencies in London and Sydney specialising in the wine and spirits sector and also worked as a campaign manager at the RSPCA’s head office in the UK. Meg’s team works with over 17,000 students on an annual basis and collaborates with more than 136 schools, from the Bega region right up to South West Sydney.


The webinar is free and will be live captioned. If you are unable to attend, still register and you will be sent details on how to access the webinar recording.


Register here:

Date: Wednesday 10 June 2020


11:00 am–12:00 pm — WA
12:30 pm–1:30 pm — SA/NT
1:00 pm–2:00 pm — QLD/NSW/ACT/VIC/TAS


We would like to thank the Australian Disability Clearinghouse on Education and Training (ADCET) for their ongoing administrative support of the NCSEHE webinar series.

Posted 6 May 2020