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 more about current research into first-in-family learners and their support needs
  • Network with researchers and practitioners who are ‘innovating’ in this field
  • Be inspired by examples of best practice

then SAVE THE DATE for Conversations about Retaining and Engaging First-in-Family Learners in HE.

This Forum will be held at the University of Wollongong on Friday 25th November, with optional pre-conference afternoon workshops on Thursday 24th November.  The Forum will include invited speakers and sessions that showcase research and innovative best practice.

Our Conversations Forum will be relevant for all higher education practitioners including academic staff, researchers, teaching and learning staff, support services staff as well as involved in HE equity and outreach.


Nov Workshop


Building Knowledge

To register, please follow this link to Eventbrite and select your dates.

Expressions of interest to present best practice examples at the Forum can be directed to first-in-family@uow.edu.au


This activity is being jointly funded by the Australian Research Council and the Office for Learning and Teaching.

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