Did you know that over half of Australian students are first in their families to attend university? And that over a quarter of them consider leaving in their first year? Or, that during the difficult times, students are more likely to turn to family (or their community) for support? If you’d like to: Learn… Read More

  We’ve been working really hard to refine and bring together these overarching principles. They are the result of some great contributions from practitioners given through feedback and workshop activities across the country. The 7 Overarching Principles are: PRINCIPLE 1: Changing conversations: Engage with family and community. PRINCIPLE 2: Take the mystery out of university PRINCIPLE 3: Make… Read More

  “The workshop was great, very useful. Great layout and enjoyed opportunities for questions and discussions.” Workshop attendee   While this Fellowship is looking broadly at ways to engage with the family and community of first-in-family learners, a key facet is working closely with two case study sites, namely UOW and UNSW. In both sites,… Read More

The Australian Tertiary Education Manager’s Forum ran a special session on retaining students and invited me to present. My session was exploring ways to support and retain first-in-family students with a particular emphasis on how HE mentoring programs could be designed to focus on this particular cohort. Some of the take-home messages I delivered from my… Read More