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We are sharing an audio post this time to launch the editorial project 'An invitation to reconceptualise widening participation through praxis'. Papers in this online publication will be released gradually, commencing with Professor Penny Jane Burke's framing essay 'Reconceptualising widening participation: a personal, professional and scholarly project'.

Penny, Matt and Matt recorded some thoughts about the project and Penny's piece, on zoom from their respective home office set-ups. Click play to launch right in to the discussion.



Julia Shaw is the CEEHE Research Coordinator

Professor Penny Jane Burke is the Global Innovation Chair of Equity and Director of CEEHE.

Matt Lumb is the Associate Director, CEEHE

Dr Matt Bunn is the CEEHE Research Fellow


We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we work, the Pambalong Clan of the Awabakal People, and pay our respect to Elders past, present and emerging.

Updated: Apr 10, 2020

Professor Penny Jane Burke, Global Innovation Chair of Equity and Director, Centre of Excellence for Equity in Higher Education.

As a survivor of domestic violence, I felt compelled to join many other voices to help bring attention to the terrifying implications of COVID19 for so many women and children. I am hoping my words will contribute to a wider process of bringing key participants and influencers together to foreground the urgency of ending the global pandemic of gendered violence against women. Pointing to the ongoing and long-standing dangers of gendered violence, which are too often hidden from view, the new global pandemic of COVID-19 might help us bring to the fore this terrible social problem that we need to collectively confront. This is in the context that COVID-19 puts more women and children in even graver danger. I want to reach out to any woman struggling through the ongoing processes of survival with a message of hope and support; you are not alone.


Read (and hear) more:

The following pieces are from an ongoing project, An invitation to reconceptualise Widening Participation through praxis.

Sharon Claydon, Member of Parliament, Newcastle - A statement on the role of universities in addressing gendered violence.


Penny Jane Burke in conversation with John Fischetti on the ongoing reality of family and gendered violence in COVID-19 times (podcast).


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