Forum Image for Email

Conversations about Retaining and Engaging First-in-Family Learners in HE
24TH & 25TH NOVEMBER 2016
University of Wollongong
Details of the program for this FREE Forum (sponsored by the ARC and the OLT) are available here.

The National Forum on first-in-family learners will bring together practitioners, researchers and equity advocates to explore the specific needs of this student cohort. The two-day program is designed to showcase:

  • Innovative engagement and retention practices within the sector
  • New research in the field 
  • Collegial conversations designed to better support this cohort
  • Key barriers (and solutions) for this student population

The following speakers have been confirmed, we look forward to hearing their contributions to this conversation.

Image_Dr Ema Wolfgramm-FoliakiDr ‘Ema Wolfgramm-Foliaki is a Lecturer at the Centre for Learning & Research in Higher Education (CLeaR), University of Auckland. Her current research centres on widening participation for first-in-family student’s success. This project is a global collaboration among university colleagues from Auckland, Sydney and Western Australia, Cape Town, Berkeley (California) and Thompson Rivers (Canada).


Image_AProf Sharron King editAssociate Professor Sharron King is the Academic Director and Deputy Head of UniSA College. The College provides a Foundation Studies Program and a range of Diplomas as enabling pathways to university degrees. Sharron’s research focuses primarily on first year students who face educational disadvantage and their transition to university, as well as student health and well-being.


Image_ben-mccann editBen McCann is Associate Professor of French Studies and Director of Student Experience in the University of Adelaide’s Faculty of Arts. Ben works to support student transition to university; improve curriculum design and pedagogies to enable closer alignments with the University’s retention priorities while also developing appropriate mechanisms for cohort tracking and identification of ‘at risk’ students.


Image_Ann-Luzeckyj editDr Ann Luzeckyj is Senior Lecturer in Higher Education, First Year Undergraduate Teaching Advisor in the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching at Flinders University. Ann passionately supports higher education access for all. Her role involves providing support, resources and advice to staff who work with first year students. Ann, has won a number of teaching and learning grants and an OLT citation.


Image_Kara King editKara King is the Project Lead for Charles Sturt University’s FirstDegree Project which supports first in family students across their university journey. Kara has had many years experience working in the non government sector with disengaged youth, people with disabilities and the long term unemployed. Kara is proud to be the first in her family to attend university.


Image_Dr Kathy Stone editDr Cathy Stone is an Equity Fellow with the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE). She is currently undertaking a national project to investigate and examine the effectiveness of practices, supports and retention strategies in online learning at Australian universities and at the Open University UK.


Copyright © *2016 *First-in-Family*, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
67.308, School of Education, Faculty of Social Sciences