Faculty of Arts and Education

Faculty Access and Equity Reference Group


First in Family project

This research project involves monitoring a cohort of students enrolled in the Faculty of Arts and Education who have self-identified as 'First in Family' (first generation university students). The students have been followed through their undergraduate degrees (during the years 2010 to 2013).

The cohort has been interviewed about their academic, social and personal experiences and engagement with university study at regular intervals over the three years. Participants have also completed annual surveys about their university experience in the Faculty of Arts and Education at Deakin.

Data from this longitudinal study will be analysed and findings will be used to develop specific programs to enhance the recruitment, retention and success of future students in the Faculty.

This project has established a network of 'First in Family' students, recognising the growing importance of recruiting and retaining those students. This project was preceeded by interviews conducted with first generation Faculty students and staff in 2009.

This longitudinal study will underpin a series of actions to support 'First in Family' university students in the Faculty over the coming years.

Dr Bridie McCarthy (project officer)
Research Fellow
Faculty of Arts and Education


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18th April 2013