What is educational disadvantage?

Generally, educational disadvantage is caused by circumstances beyond your control that have affected previously satisfactory academic results. These may include:

  • circumstances relating to equality of opportunity, for example, ethnic, cultural, gender, or language demands and expectations
  • disability and health, for example, visual and hearing impairment; speaking, reading and writing difficulties; difficulties with physical mobility; and psychological or affective disorders including anxiety or depression, effects of medication, and any other severe and chronic medical conditions
  • compassionate and other circumstances, for example, effects of surgery, trauma, bereavement, neglect, abuse, violence, relocation, divorce, or other unanticipated circumstances.

Please note examples of what is not considered educational disadvantage, include:

  • inability to cope with studies or adapt to university life
  • representative sport and social activities such as musicals and student councils
  • changing subjects or not taking prerequisite subjects
  • positions of authority (e.g. school captain).

Educational disadvantage does not apply to postgraduate programs.

For further information, please visit Student Equity Services.

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