Sarah has spent over twenty years working to effect change within the higher education sector through research that focuses on the access and participation of students from identified equity groups. Her institutional and nationally funded research studies advance understanding of how under-represented student cohorts enact success within university, navigate transition into this environment, manage competing identities and negotiate aspirations for self and others. READ MORE HERE


The impetus for this project comes from my long-held interest and passion for increasing the access and participation of students from diverse backgrounds from the understanding that this is a cohort that are highly intersected by equity categorisations.


This project sought to explore how universities can support first-in-family students more effectively. These students are highly intersected, the project explored how we can remove or at least reduce institutional barriers for this cohort. 


Many students do not complete their higher education (HE) studies but importantly a disproportionate number of these are from rural/remote areas. Too often it is the individual who is ‘blamed’ for this departure and perceived as ‘lacking’ the necessary knowledges.  


This is an Indigenous mentoring program, however, it is not a university pathway or outreach program. This program supports Indigenous students to complete high school and transition to any positive post-school pathway of their choosing.