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Curtin University
Ethics Equity and Social Justice

Student Equity

Through the Curtin University Access and Participation Plan 2018-2020, Curtin is committed to being a university of choice for a diverse range of students, including high achievers and those from disadvantaged backgrounds and enhancing opportunities for people from diverse backgrounds to participate and succeed in higher education. Curtin aims to facilitate a higher education environment that is inclusive and supportive of students from low Socio-Economic Status (SES) backgrounds, including Indigenous Australians and regional or remote communities.

With particular regard to people from low SES backgrounds, Curtin seeks to:

  • Develop community aspirations to pursue higher education;
  • Enhance understanding and awareness of higher education;
  • Assist prospective students to meet higher education entry requirements;
  • Develop and promote accessible pathways into Curtin;
  • Assist and enable prospective students to apply to study at Curtin;
  • Assist students to succeed at Curtin; and
  • Accommodate the needs of students while studying at Curtin.

This is achieved through a range of initiatives specifically addressing community outreach, access to Curtin and student equity support. You can find further information about some of these initiatives in this section.

There are also a wide range of programs, projects and services across the University that play a vital role in supporting all students, including initiatives operating within Faculties and the Centre for Aboriginal Studies, as well as through services such as Student Wellbeing, Counselling and Disability Services, the Careers Centre and many others. Check out the CurtinLife site for more information. The University's Reconciliation Action Plan 2014-2017 also articulates ways in which Curtin seeks to embed reconciliation into the core business of the University, focusing on teaching, learning and research and the engagement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous staff and students in reciprocal relationships.