Enhancing equitable access to learning

We help increase access to education and opening pathways to success and progression.

Widening participation initiatives seek to redress inequity of access to, and participation in, educational opportunities experienced by students disadvantaged and underrepresented by socioeconomic circumstances.

What we do

Macquarie University was founded as a university of service, innovation, engagement and inclusivity. Our team is committed to meeting the University’s commitment to these values.

To empower students from equity groups, we focus on:

How we're making a difference

We're broadening the community of equitable practice through awareness, advocacy, research, collaboration and partnerships. Our engagement programs include:

  • Curriculum aligned learning opportunities
  • Mentoring and support
  • Refugee transitioning
  • Regional outreach
  • Scholarships and grants
  • Student learning pathways
  • Teacher professional learning.

Widening Participation initiatives are supported by the Commonwealth Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP).

Our partners

We can multiply our impact through our collaborative external partnerships. View all our partners.

If you are interested in furthering the opportunities for students from disadvantaged and underrepresented backgrounds, contact us on +61 (2) 9850 1933 or wpu@mq.edu.au.


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Last updated: 16 Aug 2022