Centre for Regional Advancement of Learning, Equity, Access and Participation (LEAP)

The Centre for Regional Advancement of Learning, Equity, and Access & Participation (LEAP) builds on CQUniversity’s commitment to enhance the education and employment outcomes of people from diverse backgrounds in regional locations. Its focus is on research that provides evidence to inform policy and practice at the local, national and international level in partnership with industry and our communities.

The Centre for Regional Advancement in Learning, Equity, Access and Participation (LEAP) provides regional and national leadership in education and equity related research. The Centre aims to achieve significant research and community impact through ‘engaged research’ as a key priority in four theme areas:

  1. Equity, access and participation policy and practice
  2. Scholarship of learning and teaching
  3. Education, training and employment pathways
  4. Healthy communities and health education

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The LEAP Centre proposes to provide regional outreach through research hubs established across CQUniversity’s footprint. Research Higher Degree student projects will be supported, with local candidates undertaking projects aligned to LEAP Centre research focus areas.

LEAP’s research will produce high impact and internationally important outputs in Specialist Studies in Education (1303 Field of Research).

Footnote: 1297.0 – Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008

Current Projects

  • Addressing the gap between policy and implementation: Strategies for improving educational outcomes of Indigenous students
  • Digital Arts: Improving education and employment outcomes young people who experience delayed academic achievement due to health challenges, disability and social disadvantage
  • A comparative analysis of the equity strategies employed by universities
  • Facilitating success for students from low socioeconomic status backgrounds at regional universities
  • Bridging the gap for at-risk readers: Reading theory into classroom practice
  • Rising Star Program
  • Research and Data Working Group (RDWG) Disability Research Project
  • Understanding how regionality and socioeconomic status intersect with disability
  • Building resilience in regional Queensland Schools

Australasian Conference of Undergraduate Research (ACUR) 2016

Past Projects

  • Improving the transition and retention of regional studies from low-socioeconomic backgrounds: A 5Ps' Approach
  • Develop a toolkit to facilitate work-ready nursing graduates
  • Shaping the 21st century student experience at regional universities
  • A comparative evaluation of the efficacy of the equity strategies employed by the Australian Universities
  • A maker approach using craft and wearables to engage girls in digital technologies and coding
  • Provision of evaluation to assess the impact and future directions of the Queensland Academies
  • Optimising place-based services: building evidence for community driven impact evaluation
  • Improving the affordability of the internet for Indigenous Community

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The LEAP Research Centre collaborates with a range of experts in a broad range of fields. The centre works with partners including;

Contact Details

Centre of Regional Advancement of Learning, Equity, Access and Participation (LEAP)

CQUniversity Rockhampton North – LEAP Research Centre
Level 1, Building 33
Bruce Highway, North Rockhampton QLD 4701

Phone enquiries: +61 7 4150 7734
Email enquiries: Leap Research Centre
Contact Name: Alana Sinnamon


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