Equity Projects

We deliver programs and initiatives to build the capacity and success of students from all backgrounds.

Access and Participation Projects

We fund a number of projects and initiatives from our Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP) allocation. HEPPP is a federally funded program established to support initiatives that increase access to and participation in higher education by domestic undergraduate students from a low socio-economic status (SES) background, and that support the retention, success and attainment of those students.

In 2017, in addition to funding other university initiatives and programs such as UniSA Connect, HEPPP funding was used to fund the following projects:

Project AreaSummary

Aboriginal Pathway Program Field Trip

 UniSA College

Aboriginal and Non Aboriginal students and tutors participated in an ‘on country’ field trip experience on the Eyre Peninsula.

Career Development Learning Modules

 Student Engagement Unit

A series of Career Development Learning Modules were developed to be embedded in courses in the first semester of first year programs.

Creative Workshops Program

School of Art, Architecture and Design

Staff from the School of Art, Architecture and Design travelled with the custom built Mobile Art Architecture and Design Studios to Whyalla to run creative workshops for rural school students.

Early Outreach Program

 Business School

A cohort of commencing Business School students were paired with a Student Success Coach to help them navigate their first 6 months at university.  

Group Tutoring in Academic Writing for Aboriginal Students

PVC: Aboriginal Leadership and Strategy

A skilled tutor provided group sessions on academic writing to second and third year Aboriginal Nursing students, and provided training to tutors on teaching academic writing.

Reaching for the Stars: University in Our Sights

 School of Education

A program was developed to encourage females in Years 8-9 to pursue STEM careers. The program included a full day interactive workshop and a dinner for students and their parents.  

STEM Innovation Experience (STEMIE)

 School of Education

Students from metro and regional schools participated in STEM-based activities and showcased their learning at Regional Showcases. Winning teams then competed at the STEMIE State Final.


National Priorities Pool Projects

Since 2014, as part of HEPPP, the federal government has provided National Priorities Pool (NPP) funding for projects that support the more effective implementation of HEPPP nationally and at the institutional level. UniSA has been awarded funding to undertake the following projects: 

Project Year Summary

A comprehensive case study of rural student financial circumstances

Funded in 2014; project undertaken in 2015-16.

UniSA developed a comprehensive evidence based institutional case study of the financial circumstances of rural students at UniSA.

IT Solutions

Funded in 2014; project undertaken in 2015-16.

UniSA used geo-coding and address cleansing software, learning analytics and business intelligence to better target support services for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Accelerating Indigenous Higher Education

Funded in 2015; project undertaken in 2016-17.

The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Higher Education Consortium (NATSIHEC) engaged experts and leaders in university and industry to determine approaches to improve Indigenous outcomes in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines, increase the Indigenous academic workforce and support whole-of-university approaches to improving Indigenous higher education outcomes.

Promoting Academic Success and Wellbeing

Funded in 2016; project undertaken in 2017-18.

UniSA is developing a suite of interconnected early intervention resources to improve the engagement, success and wellbeing of low socio-economic status (SES) students studying at regional universities or at universities committed to regional activity.