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Disadvantaged students to benefit from Turnbull Government grant

The Turnbull Government today announced $127,000 in funding for Macquarie University to help more students to access and succeed at higher education.

Member of Parliament for Bennelong, John Alexander MP, said the Turnbull Government’s investment under the Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Programme (HEPPP) National Priority Pool projects would help more students from low-socio economic status backgrounds access and benefit from tertiary education.

“This project will focus on assisting low socio-economic status (SES) students from refugee backgrounds to access and succeed in higher education. It will assess the needs of past and present students of the LEAP-Macquarie Mentoring Program, and developing an enabling program specific to these needs.

“We know that students from disadvantaged backgrounds often face extra barriers getting into and staying at university and the Turnbull Government is committed to delivering fresh, practical approaches to improving their educational opportunities.”

Minister for Education and Training, Senator Simon Birmingham said the grant for Macquarie University is one of 21 national priority pool projects being funded across Australia.

“The Turnbull Government is committed to working with Australian universities to ensure improved access to high-quality education and training for all Australian students no matter where they live and no matter their background,” said Minister Birmingham.

“This funding will open up new ways of helping people from disadvantaged circumstances get an education that expands their opportunities, particularly Indigenous students and those living in regional and remote areas.”

John Alexander said the projects would help universities undertake vital research to build the evidence base, pilot innovative approaches, and improve programme delivery to better support access to tertiary education for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

“This funding for Macquarie University not only means more students will be able to undertake further study, but it will also offer greater opportunities for success.”

Ruth Tregale, Director of Widening Participation at Macquarie University welcomed the grant and said the research it enabled would contribute to increased participation in higher education by former refugees, a group of students who are highly motivated and academically able, but need extra support in navigating the pathways offered by the Australian education system.

“This funding will enable us to build on the huge success of our LEAP-Macquarie Mentoring program, that for the past five years has been supporting high school students from refugee backgrounds to succeed in their education,” said Tregale. “We can now research and design an extension of the LEAP program that will support these students specifically in their transition from high school to university.”

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Media contact: MP’s Office: Jonathon Ward, 0478680544

                        Macquarie University: Amy Macintyre, 9850 4051