WAHED 2020 Launch Event


World Access to Higher Education Day (WAHED) 2020 Launch Event
Prioritising equitable access and success after the pandemic
Date: Monday 27th July 2020
Time: 12.00 pm – 2.00pm UK time

The third World Access to Higher Education Day (WAHED) will be on the 17th November 2020.

WAHED is the global day of action focusing on increasing access and participation in higher education for those from low income and other marginalised groups. Covid-19 risks exacerbating the existing inequalities in access to higher education which exist in every country in the world. This online event will bring together key figures from the global higher education community to outline how Covid-19 is affecting equitable access and success to HE and what can be done about it. WAHED 2020 will focus on addressing the impact of Covid-19 on equitable access and success in higher education in terms of both policy and practice.

The aim of WAHED is to act as a catalyst for change at the local, regional, national and international level. In 2019 over 200 organisations engaged in WAHED from 45 countries including governments of 11 countries and 35 events were delivered under the WAHED banner. WAHED is being led by the National Education Opportunities Network (NEON) in the UK.


How is Covid-19 affecting equitable access to HE?

  • Introduction – Dr. Graeme Atherton, Director,  NEON
  • Kylie Austin, President, Equity Practitioners in Higher Education Australasia (EPHEA)
  • Dr. Francesc Pedró, Director, UNIESCO International Institute for Higher Education in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Jamil Salmi, Consultant

How can access and success be supported in the Covid-19 era?

  • June Pym, Emeritus Associate Professor and Education Consultant, Saville Foundation
  • Courtney Brown, Vice-President Strategic Impact, Lumina Foundation
  • Cate Cho Yoo, Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships, EdX

Book onto the launch event here.

WAHED is based on a principle of collective action meaning any individual and organisation can get involved by doing something in their own organisation and area. This can include organising an event, running a social media campaign, becoming a WAHED supporter, submitting student voice stories and making a WAHED pledge.

To learn more about participating in WAHED 2020 register as a supporter by clicking here.

Full details of the WAHED 2020 24 Hour Virtual Global Conference will be available soon.

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