Challenging inequality and advancing social justice are at the heart of what we do as a University.
Through both our research and our teaching, we aim to drive progress in the lives of millions living with disadvantage. With support from you, we will continue to promote our social justice agenda across a range of activities.
UNSW is working with First Nations communities to foster the next generation of Indigenous leaders and address the impacts of generational disadvantage. We are especially proud to have one of the highest retention rates of First Nations students in Australia.
ASPIRE is the University's community outreach program. ASPIRE has already built relationships with over 44,000 disadvantaged students, inspiring them to dream big and pursue a University education.
The Gonski Institute for Education is dedicated to responding to the growing inequity in Australian schools. It also looks for ways that we can address the decline of our education system against international benchmarks.
The catastrophe of mass displacement is the focus for The Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law. The Kaldor Centre's aim is to develop humane, legal and sustainable solutions for the millions who leave their homes in search of a better and safer future.
Meanwhile, the UNSW Centre for Social Impact has launched the Amplify Social Impact initiative to help the social sector develop more effective solutions for complex social challenges. The initiative provides community groups and not-for-profits with the tools and training they need to measure, assess and improve the work they do.
Explore our work in Challenging Inequality
Low SES Scholarships
Young people from low socio-economic backgrounds are drastically under-represented at Australian universities. Those in the lowest brackets of disadvantage make up 25 per cent of the population, but only 16 per cent of all university undergraduates.
At UNSW, we want to make sure the best minds have the opportunity to achieve their academic potential, regardless of their background or circumstances.
Your support of our Equity Scholarship program will help us repair the imbalance. We will be tackling socio-economic disadvantage, but we will also be investing in our own diversity, creating spaces for new ideas to flourish, and new leaders to emerge.
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AMPLIFY Social Impact
Australia spends $510 billion a year on social change initiatives and yet, often, we know nothing about how effective they have been. In fact, despite our colossal spend, many social issues are only getting worse. If we want to see improvements, we need to understand how, where and for whom those initiatives are working.
Led by the Centre for Social Impact, Amplify Social Impact is Australia's biggest capacity-building project for the for-purpose sector. It provides thousands of not-for-profits and other social-purpose organisations with the insights and tools they need to strengthen their outcomes.
Your investment will help us connect evidence, people, technology and data so we can begin to drive sustainable change more effectively, and more efficiently, right across the sector.
Nura Gili Indigenous Program
Education is the key to human development. Despite this, First Nations students in Australia are much less likely than their peers to finish high school and go on to university.
Addressing the social justice imperatives of Indigenous Australians is a priority for UNSW. Through the Nura Gili Indigenous Programs Unit, we aim to make sure that First Nations students have the greatest possible opportunity to succeed at university.
Nura Gili is a targeted program that embraces Indigenous knowledge, culture and histories . Students have access to study facilities, tutoring, accommodation and employment support, pastoral services, scholarship advice and support for social and emotional wellbeing.
Nura Gili also runs programs for First Nations high school students to encourage them to think about a university education.
With your help, we can expand the scope and reach of this vital initiative. As a donor to Nura Gili, you will be helping us to attract and support more First Nations students, giving them the opportunity to create positive change in as graduates of, law, medicine, engineering and more.
Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law
The number of people displaced from their homes worldwide has reached 68 million. Many of them have no lasting solution in sight.
The first centre of its kind in the world, the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law focuses on generating legal, sustainable and humane solutions to the enormous challenge of forced migration.
We are proud of the Centre's outstanding global reputation. We provide strategic advice to organisations including the United Nations, and the Australian Parliament routinely cites our policy briefs and submissions in its deliberations.
Already, the Centre has made significant headway towards a more just, responsive and accommodating world for refugees and forced migrants - but there is much more to be done. With support from you, we can build on the Centre’s strong foundations to forge better solutions for people in search of safety.
ASPIRE is UNSW’s award-winning educational outreach program. We work in 54 of the most disadvantaged schools in New South Wales, building the academic confidence of students, and encouraging them to think about a university education.
We know that university graduates will enjoy a significantly higher income over their lifetimes. Providing disadvantaged students with a pathway into university helps break the cycle of disadvantage.
With your support, we can continue to run these meaningful and impactful outreach activities. Already, we have seen a 155 per cent increase in the number of university offers given to students from ASPIRE schools.
Gonski Institute for Education
Australia prides itself on being the country of the ‘fair go’, underpinned by notions of social justice and equal opportunity. Yet, we’re not delivering on that promise when it comes to education – the single-most important factor in determining a child’s future prospects.
We must urgently address the growing inequity in Australian education. And we must look for solutions that arrest the decline in our educational standards against international benchmarks.
The Gonski Institute for Education was established for just this purpose. With an experienced leadership team and extensive multi-disciplinary capabilities, it is poised to reshape education policy and practice.
Your support of the Gonski Institute will help drive progress in our education sector, improve the equity of our system, and drive measurable gains in student learning and wellbeing.