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Issue 1:  April, 2016
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A/Prof Sarah O’Shea | saraho@uow.edu.au | www.firstinfamily.com.au | www.firstinfamily.com.au/blog | @Uni_FiF

Four Key Stories:
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Feb: USydney Talk
At the beginning of February I was given the opportunity to address a group of engaged and interested practitioners at the University of Sydney. The session was lively with some great contributions to the National Principles — read more here

March: ATEM Presentation
Sometimes one thing leads to another quite unexpectedly - last session I co-authored a short piece for The Conversation on student mentoring. Based on this, the Australian Tertiary Education Managers (ATEM) Network contacted me to deliver a talk on mentoring and first-in-family student retention — read more here 

April: UK and Ireland Activities
Throughout April, I will be visiting the UK and Ireland to present on Fellowship work and also to exchange ideas about supporting and engaging first-in-family learners and their family /community. During this time, I will visit with The National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and present a seminar for Dundalk Institute of Technology. In the UK, I have been asked to present at an event organised by the Society for Research in HE entitled:  Re-thinking ´family´ in relationship to higher education.
 

Ongoing: Case Study sites

An integral part of this Fellowship is working with two case study sites: 1) UNSW: Aspire Program  2) UOW’s In2Uni program read more here
 

Did You Know?
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*  51% of Australian students are First-in-Family (FiF) (Spiegler & Bednarek, 2013)

*  26% considered leaving in their first year (Coates & Ransom, 2011)
 
*  FiF students are half as likely as their second or third generation peers to attend university (OECD 2013)


Quotable Quotes
What do others say?

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The research was solid, meaningful, helpful. Concrete strategies; deep understanding of diverse experiences FiF students bring to Uni. Success is
deeply personal so hearing stories from students shows how we need services to be agile.
                                
Workshop attendee, QUT


Interested?
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If you would like to be involved in the program of activities, then please register your interest with National Teaching Fellow, A/Prof Sarah O’Shea. Sarah can work with HE institutions to develop mentoring opportunities, provide workshop sessions or partner in activities.


 

Upcoming:
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NCSEHE visit: For those of you in WA, I will be presenting an open seminar entitled: “Wow, you must be really smart if you’re going to uni.” First-in-family learners and higher education participation more details available here 
 

Principles:
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Thanks to everyone who has contributed to the Principles over the last 12 months. This has been an ongoing collaborative project that has included input from staff across Australia. We have arrived at seven overarching principles with strategies that underpin them — details are available here

Please save the date for our upcoming Forum:

Conversations about Retaining and Engaging First-in-Family Learners in Higher Ed 
24
th – 25th November 2016, University of Wollongong
more details available here

I hope you have enjoyed the first issue of the First-in-Family newsletter. Through this newsletter and blog I am endeavouring to connect with stakeholders in order to work through ideas and strategies that will foster meaningful connections with the family/community of first-in-family learners - to sustain student engagement, particularly as these learners transition into the university environment.

Follow this link for more about this project. Also, don’t forget to register your interest for program activities, or if you would like to share examples of best practice you can email me.

Warm regards, Sarah

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