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'Mind the Gap!’ Exploring the post-graduation outcomes of first-in-family students

What is this study about?
This project aims to address a gap in understanding of how students who are first in their family (FiF) to graduate with a university degree experience entering employment in increasingly competitive and shrinking employment fields. The project will deeply explore best practice from the perspectives of key stakeholders in the higher education sector and graduate employment. A qualitative research design will be used in order to identify approaches to better supporting FiF learners, from diverse backgrounds, to achieve positive outcomes in their chosen professional fields

Who is conducting this study?
Professor Sarah O'Shea (CI) Faculty of Social Sciences, School of Education, University of Wollongong P: +61 2 42215838 E:
 Dr Janine Delahunty, Learning, Teaching & Curriculum, University of Wollongong P: +61 2 42213396 E:
 Dr Olivia Groves, Faculty of Social Sciences, School of Education, University of Wollongong E:

Who will participate?
Key stakeholders - practitioners and researchers - recognised for their expertise in related fields to consider the application of best practice within the HE sector (Australia and UK)

What will participants be asked to do?
You will be asked to complete the survey which should take no longer than 30 minutes of your time

Are they any risks?
Apart from the 30minutes for the survey, we foresee no risk to you. Should participation unintentionally cause anxiety you are encouraged to contact your university’s counselling service, Lifeline (131 114, Australia) or Samaritans (116 123, UK)

What happens to the results?
In the reporting of results the identity of individual participants will not be disclosed. All data will be de-identified before analysis commences. Findings from the study will contribute to draft recommendations to improve post-graduation outcomes for FiF students from diverse and equity backgrounds.

The results may also be published in academic journals ore presented at conference presentations. Confidentiality is assured and you will not be identified in any part of the research dissemination

Do I have to participate?
No. Your involvement in the study is voluntary, so you may withdraw from the study at any time and withdraw any data that you have provided to that point. Refusal to participate in the study or withdraw from the survey will not affect your relationship with the researchers, or the universities involved. Please note that it is not possible to withdraw anonymous survey data once submitted.

How can I participate?
Ticking all the boxes below indicates your consent and enables you to enter the survey

This study has been reviewed by the Human Research Ethics Committee (Social Science, Humanities and Behavioural Science) of the University of Wollongong. Ongoing monitoring of the research is the responsibility of the researchers listed above. If you have any concerns or complaints regarding the way this research has been conducted, you can contact UoW Ethics Officer at +61242213386 or email

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