Bond University is committed to ensuring students with disability have equitable access to study and the opportunity to fully participate in the life of the University. We support an accessible, inclusive, and diverse study environment to enable students to achieve their career aspirations through personalised, flexible, and well supported, industry relevant learning opportunities.
Bond’s Accessibility & Inclusion Action Plan lays the foundation for creative and responsive solutions that galvanise a supportive and inclusive educational experience for students. This Plan aims to ensure that potential students with disability gain access to the University on the same basis as prospective students without disability, and that their journey to success is underpinned by accessible support and reasonable adjustments.
The strategies and accountabilities articulated demonstrate the University’s commitment to making its equity and diversity values a lived experience for students with disability and embeds respect for difference within our culture.
Bond University recognises the important role universities play in supporting disadvantaged students’ personal and professional aspirations through higher education. As a private university Bond self-funds outreach and student support services to ensure under-represented students are provided with the broadest range of opportunities to succeed.
Bond University offers one of Australia’s most generous scholarship programs, featuring a range of full-fee and part-fee scholarships awarded to the best and brightest applicants each semester.
The Scholarship Program awards both Australian and international students at an undergraduate and postgraduate level. Scholarships are designed to reward and recognise students who have excelled in the areas of academia, leadership, community, and sport.
Bond University has also established the Student Hardship Grant to support students in individual circumstances during specific periods of unexpected financial hardship. The grant is supported by donations from our generous alumni, community members, partners, and Bond University. The Hardship Grant is available to students who may be experiencing short-term, temporary, and unexpected financial hardship to a maximum of $2000. All Bond University students enrolled in degrees, diplomas, diploma preparation and foundation programs at the University in financial hardship are eligible to apply.
Funds raised from corporate partners are also awarded to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from outside of the Gold Coast region for “living bursaries” which are the costs of on-campus accommodation and dining for one semester. Each year, living bursaries are awarded to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from regional and remote communities.
Our Indigenous scholarships and bursaries are complimented by the once-off Tertiary Access Payment (TAP) funded by the Federal Government for students relocating from regional and remote communities to study.
Bond University College provides pathways to undergraduate study, including English language, Diplomas, and university preparation programs. In line with the University’s personalised approach, students study in small class groups with teachers who know them by name and have an open-door policy to assist with specific problems or challenges.
In addition to the assistance available from teaching staff, students at Bond University College have access to free English language and academic skills workshops and individual appointments with student support staff.
Bond University College has partnered with Studiosity to provide an online after-hours student support service for Diploma, Foundation and Diploma Preparation Program students. This service compliments the services offered by the on-campus student support staff.
Bond will measure success in this area by:
- Increasing the number of pathway opportunities for students.
- Monitoring the progression of students from key equity groups ensuring retention and completion are equivalent to those of the domestic student population.