The project ‘equity through e-learning’ aims to train student representatives to help implement policies in order to increase equity and efficiency in their own higher education institutions.
The student body in all European countries excludes a great number of groups in society that have the capability to start and complete a degree in higher education. Through experiencing the barriers and/or direct and indirect discrimination, students are the obvious group to claim their place in this debate.
Increasing equal opportunities has always been a priority area of the student movement. In the twenty-five years that ESU has existed, a great knowledge library has been developed on this topic. By being active in institutional governance structures, national consultation structures and civil society in general, student unions have a direct influence on equity and efficiency policies. The project ‘equity through e-learning’ aims to train student representatives to help implement policies in order to increase equity and efficiency in their own higher education institutions and countries.
Existing and new research on increasing equity in higher education will be disseminated to all levels of student representation, on the national, institutional, faculty and programme levels. The project will also set up a European Student Trainer Network to train student representatives and will use an e-learning platform to create an innovative learning experience. The platform will be used as a preparation for, and as a follow-up to, the regional training sessions in order to help them develop national action plans for equity and efficiency in European higher education systems. The project is managed by ESU in cooperation with its member organisations in Romania, Austria and the Netherlands, all having long-standing experience in training and empowering student representatives.
The e-learning platform will be created in collaboration with Scienter, and the Menon Network will act as advisor to its development.
ESU is the lead partner and the coordinator of the project consortium formed by Scienter Italy, Student Higher Education Council of the Slovak Republic (SVRS), National Alliance of Romanian Student Organizations (ANOSR), Austrian National Union of Students, MENON NETWORK EEIG, Federation of Estonian Students Unions (EÜL).
Duration: October 2007 – December 2009