The University of Canberra has scooped the pool of new projects aimed at supporting disadvantaged students – winning $2.4 million of $50 million in new federal funding.

Higher Education Minister Kim Carr announced 17 successful projects under the latest round of the government’s Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP) – three of which are based at the UC.

The UC’s Stronger Smarter Schools Project received $755,000 to break down barriers to higher education for indigenous students and those from low SES backgrounds.

This will be done by working with schools in the ACT and southern NSW to “build the leadership capacity of school teachers and principals to deliver quality educational outcomes”.

ACT Indigenous Success will receive $985,000 as a joint initiative of the University of Canberra and the Australian National University.  Both universities target disadvantaged students from Cooma-Monaro, Bega Valley, Eurobodalla, Goulburn-Mulwaree, Queanbeyan, Yass Valley, Tumut Shire and Shoalhaven.

The Aspiration Initiative Academic Enrichment Program received $675,000 supports indigenous students to complete Year 12 and supports students’ social and emotional development through peer networks.

“Labor is committed to achieving our target of seeing 20 per cent of undergraduate students coming from a low SES background by 2020,” Senator Carr said.