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The objective of the NCSEHE is to build the evidence base through research informing policy and practice. One of the ways the Centre has achieved this is through the NCSEHE Research Grants Program which has funded 47 projects over four rounds from 2014–19, with a total research expenditure of A$1,945,733.
The fifth funding round (2019–20) received 54 applications from 28 different lead organisations, with 15 projects awarded funding to a value of A$534,779.
The research priorities for this round included equity students and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM); equity and mature age students; digital inclusion and student equity; study-life balance and student equity; non-traditional’ equity groups; and housing and student equity.
The 15 Research Grants Program projects for 2019/20 will be as follows:
|Chief Investigator||Lead Institution||Project Title|
|Katie Ellis||Curtin University||Disability inclusion investment across the digital delivery continuum|
|Alexander Newman||Deakin University||Careers guidance for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Migrants and Refugees (CALDM/R) students.|
|Francisco Perales||University of Queensland||Understanding the higher education experiences of humanitarian migrants in Australia|
|Lisa Andrewartha||La Trobe University||Supporting carers to succeed in Australian higher education|
|Sarah Lambert||Deakin University||Open Textbooks and social justice: A national scoping study|
|Sharron King||University of South Australia||Investigating transitions to university from regional South Australian high schools|
|Julie McMillan||Australian Council of Educational Research||STEM Pathways – The impact of equity, anxiety and prior achievement|
|James Smith||Charles Darwin University||Higher education aspirations, participation and achievement of Australian Indigenous males|
|Amani Bell||University of Sydney||Exploring benefits and challenges of online Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for equity students|
|Jen Jackson||Mitchell Institute, Victoria University||Inside the black box of the Block Model: First-year STEM|
|Ben Wadham||Flinders University||Australian universities and educational equity for student veterans|
|Julia Cook||The University of Newcastle||Housing matters: understanding the housing experiences of undergraduate regional and remote students living outside the family home|
|Jonathan Bullen||Curtin University||Comfort with discomfort: Exploring Wadjella educators’ engagement with Indigenous students|
|Bret Stephenson||La Trobe University||An institutional study of ‘ghost student’ failure amongst equity cohorts|
|Simon Leonard||University of South Australia||A novel approach to mapping the impact of informal STEM programs|