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A new Deakin University Participation and Partnerships Program (DUPPP) Seed Fund has been created in 2012 to sponsor small and pilot projects of up to $30,000, for 12 months, which aim to increase access and participation in higher education by domestic undergraduate students who are from low socioeconomic status (SES) backgrounds. A total of $180,000 is available.
We are particularly interested in projects which address the following needs/opportunities through research or support programs:
1. Analysis of existing data sets for SES to increase the knowledge base about this cohort with regard to:
2. VET and other pathways, including 2nd/3rd year transition
3. Multiple disadvantage, including mature age, disability, carer responsibilities and low SES
4. Cloud-readiness and digital literacy.
The Federal Government has set the target to achieve 20% low SES student participation in higher education by 2020. The Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP) provides funding to universities to undertake activities and implement strategies that improve access to undergraduate courses for people from low SES backgrounds and improve their retention and completion rates.
The funding that Deakin receives is channelled into projects across faculties and divisions, through the Deakin University Participation and Partnerships Program (DUPPP). In addition to this, seed funding is made available during the year, for less substantial or pilot projects under $30,000.
Projects funded under the DUPPP must meet the HEPPP objectives, either in Participation or Partnerships.
'The objective of the Participation Component of the HEPPP is to increase the participation of current and prospective domestic students from low SES backgrounds in accredited undergraduate qualifications at providers.'
From the HEPPP Guidelines (308 KB) (pages 12-20 of the document 'Higher Education Support Act 2003, OTHER GRANTS GUIDELINES (EDUCATION) 2010')
Examples of participation project objectives
'The objectives of the Partnership Component of the HEPPP are to increase the total number of people from low SES backgrounds who access and participate in higher education through effective outreach and related activities with appropriate stakeholders including, but not limited to, schools, State/Territory Governments, VET providers and community groups.'
From the HEPPP Guidelines (pages 12-20 of the document 'Higher Education Support Act 2003, OTHER GRANTS GUIDELINES (EDUCATION) 2010')
Examples of partnership project objectives
Partnership activities are intended to:
There will be three rounds of funding in 2012 with the following closing dates:
8 August, 19 September, 31 October
Approximately $60,000 will be made available to fund at least two projects in each round.
Please complete the application form (38 KB) and submit to HEPPP Project Officer, Alice Gleadall firstname.lastname@example.org. Funding outcomes will be advised by email and funding will be available shortly after and must be used within 12 months of receipt.
For further information, please contact HEPPP Project Officer, Alice Gleadall, email@example.com or 924 45597