Supporting outreach, recruitment and retention of students from refugee backgrounds

This project aims to improve opportunities and support for students from refugee backgrounds to study at the University of Melbourne. This cohort is likely to experience multiple barriers to successful study at university. These include low SES, a lack of knowledge and experience of Australian education systems, disrupted education prior to arrival, and competing family settlement demands and priorities.

Research activities will include investigation of current outreach, recruitment and support programs and their capacity to support refugee-background students; interviews with representatives of community organisations, feeder schools and TAFEs; and interviews with young people currently studying at the University of Melbourne or aspiring to do so. Project outcomes will comprise recommendations and new initiatives including partnerships with relevant groups to improve current systems.

Researchers

Karen Block [McCaughey Centre for Community Wellbeing, Faculty of Medicine, Dental and Health Sciences, UoM]

Julie McLeod [Melbourne Graduate School of Education, UoM]

Deborah Warr [McCaughey Centre for Community Wellbeing, Faculty of Medicine, Dental and Health Sciences, UoM]

Cassie Kotsanas [Melbourne Graduate School of Education, UoM]

Charlene Edwards [Melbourne Social Equity Institute, UoM]

Research Program

Refugees and asylum seekers