Goal 1: No Poverty

End poverty in all its forms, everywhere

The University of Wollongong is committed to working towards the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through its governance, teaching and learning, community engagement, partnerships and research. The following initiatives are by UOW staff and students working towards SDG 1: No Poverty.


Teaching & learning

$1.3M

Went to students from low SES backgrounds (2020)




969

Students received equity scholarships (2020)




623

Students studying subjects about this goal (2020)

 

Advocacy & outreach

56

Media stories about this goal in 2020



603K

Media stories reached an audience of 603K on social media in 2020

        

Research

100%

Publications with international collaboration

 

25%

of the international collaboration publications are with developing countries

 

4.8

citations per publication (global average 2.4)

100%

Publications in the top 10% of journals

3%

National contribution to SDG1

 

 

 

    

Student support

UOW provides free support services available to all students, including counselling, career development, disability services, and academic or learning development. Student Support Advisers (SSAs) offer a free and confidential service and are available to all students.

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Access & participation

UOW has a proud history of working closely with its communities to drive increased participation and attainment among underrepresented groups in higher education. These groups include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, those with disabilities, from low Socio-Economic-Status (SES) backgrounds and regional, rural and remote areas. The University has developed the ’Access & Participation Enabling Plan for Student Equity: A Framework for the Implementation of HEPPP 2018-2020’ to improve access to undergraduate courses for people from low SES backgrounds, as well as improving the retention and completion rates.

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In2Uni 

In2Uni activities engage with students in targeted schools and communities to enable their awareness and aspirations towards higher education. Our strategic aim as an institution is to increase the proportion of domestic undergraduate students from low socioeconomic backgrounds to 21% by the end of 2020, through providing targeted outreach and pathways programs to the community, and seamless transition activities and support to UOW students.
 

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Social security in a digital age

Governments around the world are increasingly looking to new and sophisticated technologies to automate and streamline the delivery of social services. These ‘digital welfare’ innovations are ordinarily touted as a means to improve efficiency and quality of service delivery, but can also be a source of injustice and deepen inequality. This empirically-grounded, interdisciplinary research project brings together legal scholars, social researchers and systems analysts to examine the social implications of the digital welfare state for vulnerable communities in Australia.


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Goodwill Hunting

Now a fixture on UOW’s Orientation week calendar Goodwill Hunting attracts hundreds of eager students aiming to collect free household items, donated from the UOW staff and community members. In 2019 over 1000 students participated.


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Microfinance and women’s empowerment

Led by Dr Farzana Tanima, this project is working alongside feminist activists and not-for-profit women’s microfinance organisations in Bangladesh, to investigate how conventional accounting and accountability systems in microfinance organisations reinforce structural barriers disempowering women.


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Images: Dr Farzana Tanima (left) and Dr Dr Sanja Pupovac (right)

Critical accounting

UOW’s Dr Sanja Pupovac investigates the social and environmental impact of multinational corporations on vulnerable groups in developing countries. Her research is investigating the role of accounting in human trafficking in an economically poor post-conflict Kosovo.


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Latest news for SDG 1

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