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Research projects

At the heart of what we do is commitment to make higher education accessible to everyone. To create positive change though, we first must identify the barriers that disadvantaged students encounter. Our research projects aim to delve deeper into the challenges being faced, and research ways in which they can be addressed.

Higher education career advice for students from low socioeconomic backgrounds


University of Wollongong Professor SarahO’Shea
Kylie Austin
Professor Julia Coyle
Dr Olivia Groves
Jodi Lamanna
University of Canberra  Laurie Poretti
Associate Professor Philip Roberts 
Australian Catholic University Nicola Cull
University of Technology Sydney Sonal Singh
University of Tasmania Professor Sue Kilpatrick
University of New South Wales  Samantha Skinner 


The aim of the project is to critically investigate best practice initiatives that relate to career advice and successful approaches to productive industry engagement for students from low socioeconomic backgrounds.

This project will seek to establish overriding principles that would guide career advice provided to school and non-school leavers including the development of a ‘Guide to Partnerships’ with application across the sector to ensure consistent and meaningful career advice.

Stages of the project

Stage 1: Collecting interviews and focus group data from career practitioners in schools, industry, and tertiary sectors; parents; and university students. Additionally, a literature review and desktop audit have been conducted.

Stage 2: Interventions based on the best practice principles found in stage 1. Examples of interventions include professional development in career advice for teachers, and programs for parents.

Stage 3: Consists of writing the final report and collating documents into an online repository that will be available for stakeholders, parents and students to provide a basis for best practice for career advice for students from low socioeconomic backgrounds.




For more info about the project, contact Jodi Lamanna or subscribe to our periodic newsletter.


Rural In2Uni Program


University of Wollongong

  • Jaimey Facchin
  • Jade Andrews
  • Samantha Avitaia
  • Brittany Brown


Aims to address social and educational disadvantages experienced by schools and their students located in regional and remote areas. It does so through engagement and resource development which will allow rural and regional schools to deliver outreach programs locally and at minimal cost. This in turn empowers schools to encourage higher education goals in their students and inspires those from under-represented backgrounds to attend university.  

The program was designed and implemented as part of a federally funded 2016 National Priority Pool regional and remote outreach pilot program with four schools across NSW and Victoria.

Objectives of the project

Develop a university outreach model for low SES students attending regional and remote schools, tailored to meeting the needs of the targeted schools:

  • Engage individuals from underrepresented backgrounds and provide tangible bridges to access higher education;
  • Connect positively with individuals from underrepresented backgrounds to support their aspirations and capacity towards higher education; and
  • Be driven by schools, who work collaboratively with partner universities to support school alumni in delivering university outreach modules designed to cater to the needs of the different school contexts.

View the full detail of the Rural In2Uni program;

More information

Visit the Rural In2Uni program page


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