WAHED 2018

The first ever World Access to Higher Education Day took place on 28th November 2018.

In 2018, World Access to Higher Education Day:

  • Held 40 events in 15 countries around the world with 4,424 participants
  • Attracted over 75 registered and institutional supporters
  • Held conferences in Australia, The Philippines and the UK, attracting 380 delegates
  • Published a major research piece – “All Around the World” analysing higher education equity policies in nearly 70 countries across the world

A summary report on WAHED 2018 can be viewed here 

On the day, a series of WAHED branded international and national conferences, local events and research launched concurrently and a diverse range of activities were registered. (Register a WAHED 2019 Event).

These included: webinars, debates, seminars, board meetings, awards ceremonies, university taster sessions, round-table discussions and conferences. A brief snapshot of a few of these events can be seen below: 

Event Title:  Pills on Diversity and Challenges for Academic Success on a Brazilian Campus & Seminar 

Location: Brazil

Host: State University of Campinas

Event Overview

The COMVEST, a department of the Undergraduate Academic Programs for UNICAMP responsible for the selection of students, produced short videos (#wahedunicamp) presenting the experience of university students from different social, cultural and ethnic backgrounds in a Brazilian public university. The experience of affirmative action policies and the challenges to permanence and success in higher education will be emphasized, with the participation of black students, refugees, women, Latin Americans and public school students.

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Event Title: Student Leaders Commitment to Promoting Access

Location: South Africa

Host: University of Western Cape

Event Overview

During the Induction Sessions of the 2018/19 Student Representative Council (SRC), the Central Housing Council (CHC), the Sports Council and Post Graduate Students Council of the University of the Western Cape (UWC), the student leaders reaffirmed their pledge to work together to promote, access, diversity and success for UWC students. In support of the World Access to Higher Education Day, the student leaders expressed their messages via video clips.

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Event Title: Australia World Access to Higher Education Day Conference

Location: Australia

Host: National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE)

Event Overview

The National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education held a very successful World Access to Higher Education Day (WAHED) conference on 28 November 2018. The event was opened by Professor John Cordery and Minister Tehan (via video) with 138 delegates attending from around Australia. Key speakers included Professor Glenn Withers, Professor Sally Kift, Associate Professor Maria Raciti and Professor Lesley Parker who spoke about the importance of equity in higher education and the important role of universities.

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Event Title: WAHED 2018 Pakistan – A week of Activities

Location: Pakistan

Host: British Council Pakistan

Event Overview

To acknowledge World Access to Higher Education Day 2018, British Council Pakistan organised a week of various activities. The week promoting WAHED specifically helped to develop tangible access goals to meet the 2030 Sustainable Development Goal of quality education and global prosperity set by the United Nations General Assembly.

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Event Title: World Access to Higher Education Day Philippines Conference

Location: Philippines

Host: Silliman University and British Council

Event Overview

The Philippines World Access to Higher Education Conference was organised by Silliman University and co-presented by the British Council in the Philippines. Silliman University, one of the oldest HEIs in Asia, organised this event to provide a platform for discussion and exchanges of best practices as well as strategic planning for the future – especially in the context of the 4th Industrial revolution. Located in a University town and having over 50 nationalities in its student population, Silliman together with the British Council welcomed the opportunity to strengthen its core program for Whole Person Education and internationalization.

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Event Title: Round Table with Professional Centres

Location:Seychelles

Host:University of Seychelles

Event Overview

This event consisted of a round table with feeder schools/institutions – namely the professional centres and School for Advanced Level Studies on the following theme: ‘making the University of Seychelles more relevant and accessible’. This was an opportunity for prospective students to comment on the programmes being offered at the university.

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Event Title:Supporting Success of Students on The Autism Spectrum: What are we learning?

Location: Australia

Host: University of Tasmania (UTAS), Social Inclusion Community of Practice

Event Overview

The University of Tasmania’s (UTAS) Social Inclusion Community of Practice and the Equity Practitioners in Higher Education Australasia (EPHEA) Tasmanian Chapter hosted an afternoon for academic and professional staff about the experiences of university students on the autism spectrum and support programmes.

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Event Title: National Network for the Education of Care Leavers (NNECL) Annual Conference

Location: United Kingdom

Host: National Network for the Education of Care Leavers (NNECL)

Event Overview

The NNECL conference brought sectors together to unite staff striving to champion the educational success of care experienced students. The focus of the conference in 2018 was Wellbeing and Belonging with a range of workshops and speakers following this theme.

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Event Title: European Students’ Union Board Meeting

Location: Belgium

Host: European Students’ Union

Event Overview

Board meeting and seminar of the European Students’ Union in Budva, Montenegro

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Event Title: Celebrating Success and Supporting Access to HE for the Future

Location: United Kingdom

Host: OCN London

Event Overview

OCN London held an event to celebrate the success of Access to HE learners and to look at how we can continue to support and develop Access to HE in the future.
As part of the celebration, their annual Michael Sargent Bursary Awards were presented.  The Michael Sargent Bursary Awards celebrate learners who have shown outstanding commitment to study and academic achievement and always prove to be nothing short of inspirational!
As well as the Awards presentation, OCN London also looked ahead to the future of Access to HE with speakers including Julie Mizon from QAA.

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Event Title: Accessibility and Inclusion on World Access to Higher Education Day

Location: United States

Host: GlobalMindEd

Event Overview

This event was an online webinar with experts around the world addressing accessibility and inclusion in regards to access to higher education.

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Event Title: Widening Access to Higher Education: Prison University Partnerships

Location: United Kingdom

Host: Prisoners Education Trust

Event Overview

For World Access to Higher Education Day in 2018 Prisoners’ Education Trust (PET) hosted their first PUPiL event aimed at professionals working in widening access to higher education in the UK.

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Event Title: ASCILITE 2018 Conference

Location: Australia

Host: Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE)

Event Overview

The Digital Equity SIG is one of the Special Interest Groups (SIGs) which is run under the auspices of the Australasian Society of Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE). The Digital Equity SIG organised a celebration to coincide with World Access to Higher Education Day 2018 with an emphasis on digital equity access issues in relation to entering and participating in higher education.

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Event Title: The Student Voice

Location: Ireland

Host: Cork Institute of Technoloogy (CIT)

Event Overview

CIT Access Service organised an event for second level Guidance Counsellors where they had the opportunity to meet with CIT students supported by the Access Service and hear their stories and personal journey through education.

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Event Title: Student-Generated Induction: A Social Identity Approach

Location: United Kingdom

Host: Shared Thinking

Event Overview

This event offered attendees the experience of a new social, participative and inclusive approach to student induction and transition. Delegates were given the opportunity to share issues relating to induction and transition practices as well as a chance to learn from others.

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Event Title: Montgomery College Student Voices What does accessing higher education mean to Montgomery College students?

Location: United States

Host: Montgomery College

Event Overview

To mark world access to Higher education day 2018, the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice, the President’s Advisory Committee on Equity and Inclusion (PACEI), and E-Learning, Innovation, and Teaching Excellence (ELITE) hosted a dialogue for Montgomery College Students.

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Event Title: Celebrating barriers overcome to access higher education

Location:Cameroon

Host: Open Dreams

Event Overview

This event celebrated barriers overcome to access higher education by connecting high school students with higher-education students.

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WAHED 2018 saw 40 events hold in 15 countries around the world with 4,424 participants.

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