Removing barriers to get to university

Fri, 4 Nov 2016

Students facing additional hurdles to get into and succeed at university are set to benefit from a new Federal Liberal Government grant to the University of Tasmania.

Tasmanian Liberal Senator David Bushby said the University of Tasmania will receive $6,700,500 to run programs that support students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

“We’re delivering extra funding for the University of Tasmania to implement strategies that will help make university a realistic goal for students from low SES backgrounds and that staff can support these students to achieve their best at university,” Senator Bushby said.

“This funding will help the University of Tasmania undertake vital research to build evidence, pilot innovative approaches and improve program delivery to better support students’ access to tertiary education.

“These grants support people from a range of backgrounds from people with disability to Indigenous Australians, people from rural and remote areas, non-English speakers and women looking to go into traditionally male-dominated areas of study.

The amount of funding allocated to each university through the Government’s Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP) is proportionate to the number of low SES students they enrol.

Senator Bushby said the Federal Liberal Government would distribute more than $135 million to Australian universities through the HEPPP program in 2017.

“Universities have previously used the Government’s funding allocations to assist refugees to participate in higher education, while others have helped rural and regional students with relocation costs or supported their accommodation needs,” Senator Bushby said.

“Ultimately we want these grants to take research from the ‘lab’ to ‘real-life’ to help students who want to study after they finish school but face particular barriers.”

“The Federal Liberal Government is committed to ensuring students are able to access higher education regardless of their background or where they might live.”

“I’m delighted that the University of Tasmania will use these funds to bring their courses to low SES students in Tasmania,” Senator Bushby said.

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