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ERIC Number: ED539508
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Pages: 66
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Equity Handbook: How You and Your Student Union Can Help Give People Equal Opportunities in Higher Education
Bjork, Jenny; Brandl, Hartwig; Gielis, Inge; Green, Yonatan; Joensen, Alma; Vulliamy, Ben; Oye, Olav
European Students' Union (NJ1)
"The Equity Handbook" is one of the final deliverables of the Equity in Higher Education from a Student Perspective--StudEq--project that the European Students' Union (ESU) has been running for the past two years with the support of the European Commission's Lifelong Learning Programme. The project, which started in November 2007 and ends in December 2009, is an initiative seeking to raise awareness of current equity issues in higher education among key education stakeholders and decision-makers, and to increase the capacity of the student movement on the subject. This final publication is aimed at providing a simple, easy to use guide as to what equity is and how it can be achieved in the field of higher education. Most student organisations, at whatever level, are involved in fighting for students rights and for an equitable higher education system. Some understand equity to be a social dimension within the Bologna Process, others have in mind the definition from the Lisbon agenda, while most still confuse equity and equality as concepts. This is why the authors believe that a straightforward publication that starts with a "What do we mean by Equity?" chapter after the project overview might prove very useful for the student organisations all around Europe. In addition, increasingly international organisations influence the equity agenda, so a short overview of these will make it easier to put national and institutional policies on equity into perspective. Student representatives often have to make their voice heard and hence the chapter on lobbying and campaigning for equity should be of interest to student representatives in Europe. As everyone is all fighting for equity, one must start from within one's own organisations. Therefore, the authors have included a chapter on equity within the students' unions and examples on how this can be achieved. Finally, the authors outlined ESU's policies on equity and the recent history on the fight for more fair, quality based and accessible higher education systems.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: European Commission
Authoring Institution: European Students' Union (ESU) (Belgium)