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Tony Assadi, Marta Vos and Scott Morton
Equitable access to education plays a significant role in social sustainability, providing skills and knowledge for future generations. The disruption to tertiary education caused by the COVID-19 pandemic will have a long term impact on marginalised groups in society. Without appropriate intervention, access to education for these groups will be further limited. This study uses participatory action research as an intervention to address access barriers to tertiary education during a pandemic. The need for additional resources to allow marginalised students to continue study was determined through the use of semi-structured interviews, leading to the establishment of a cloud-based application server that enabled students to access a set of programs through a web browser. A survey was used to evaluate the impact of the intervention. The results from this study indicate a positive outcome for a small group of participants with nine out of ten participants completing their study.