Widening participation grants

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The University has developed an internal grant program for faculties to help us meet our strategy goals for social inclusion and widening participation. The grant program is used both to attract promising students from diverse backgrounds and ensure they find an inclusive and varied learning environment at the University.

The grant program also helps us increase our research activity into social inclusion and exclusion in Australia, and support University staff in becoming leaders and champions of social inclusion programs at the University.

The initiative is funded by the Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program, and managed as a partnership between the Social Inclusion Unit and the Institute for Teaching and Learning. It is supported by the Widening Participation Scholars network, a group of academic and general staff involved in social inclusion.

2012 Widening Participation Grants

In 2012, up to $220,000 was available for projects in the following categories:

Flagship projects

Two Undergraduate projects of up to $50,000 each can be funded in this category. Projects will be either multi-Faculty or cross-disciplinary (if in a large Faculty). Projects should build on /expand existing good practice within the University, and be genuinely collaborative. There is an emphasis on the sustainability of project outcomes. The projects must include a component of schools /community engagement, and be linked to a Faculty or Division strategic goal (e.g. low SES enrolment targets). NB. If any of the applicants are participating in a current Widening Participation grant, they must show evidence of progress towards achieving outcomes. Applicants are encouraged to work with the SIU and ITL to develop their applications.

Duration: up to 12 months

Implementation projects

Five undergraduate projects of up to $20,000 each can be funded in this category. The funding is for the adoption or implementation of existing good practice in a new context (for example implementing a previously funded initiative in a new faculty or a new course).These projects can take place within a single Faculty, discipline or large unit of study. NB. If any of the applicants are participating in acurrent Widening Participation grant, they must show evidence of progress towards achieving outcomes.

Duration: up to one year

Dissemination funds

There is some funding available for team members from 2011 projects to present project outcomes at conferences. Please contact Mary Teague for further information.


Item Date
Call for proposals Mid-May 2012


Additional support available from Dr Amani Bell, ITL and Mary Teague, SIU.

2-3pm, Wednesday 13th June 2012

Due date

Submit via online form

5pm, Friday 27th July 2012
Applicants notified End of August 2012
Projects commence From 1 September 2012
Project Timeline for completion and reporting 30 September 2013

Financial report

Report on the expenditure of allocated funds by the reporting deadline

31 October 2013

Widening Participation Grant Panel

Name Position
Jane Gavan Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching)
Division of Architecture & Creative Arts
Heather McKenzie Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching)
Division of Sydney Nursing School
Michelle Lincoln Associate Dean Undergraduate
Division of Health Sciences
Lucy Buxton Manager, Social Outreach, Social Inclusion & Postgraduate Research Recruitment
Division of Natural Science
Jennifer Barrett Pro Dean Academic
Faculty of Arts & Social Science
Simon Reay Atkinson Project Management
Division of EIT
Nigel Smith Manager, Student and Academic Services
Business School
Simon Barrie Director
Institute for Teaching and Learning
Armani Bell Lecturer
Institute for Teaching and Learning
Annette Cairnduff Director
Social Inclusion Unit
Mary Teague Manager
Widening Participation Progam

For information or feedback about your application please contact or once you have been notified about the outcome of your submission.