Teaching Matters

Enhancing Indigenous Student Success in Higher Education

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Teaching Matters 2017 | Presentation Details | 28 NovemberNov 2017


Enhancing Indigenous Student Success in Higher Education


Meegan Hall, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Michelle Trudgett, University of Technology Sydney, Sydney
Clair Andersen, Tasmanian Institute of Learning and Teaching — Panel Chair


Making a Difference for Students

Presentation Type

Showcase Presentation


Stanley Burbury Lecture Theatre




Since the 2012 Review of Higher Education Access and Outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People Report (Behrendt Review), there has been considerable focus within Australian universities on improving participation and outcomes for Indigenous Australians.

This is a timely and important presentation to showcase the important work required to gain parity in outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in higher education.

This session will highlight the importance of culture and provide insights into Maori student success in New Zealand universities and means to enhance post graduate studies for Australian Indigenous peoples.

There are three parts to the session. Firstly Dr Meegan Hall will present her work relating to Indigenous undergraduate success in New Zealand. Meegan uses both kaupapa Māori and Māori-centred methodologies to conduct research that examines Māori academic practice and Māori pedagogies, as well as supporting Māori student achievement in higher education.

Secondly Professor Michelle Trudgett will present on postgraduate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student success in Australia. Michelle’s research will provide insights to enhance Indigenous success in higher education through improved supervision.

Both will present some salient outcomes and suggest recommendations of relevance for Indigenous undergraduate and postgraduate success at UTAS.

Following the two presentations there will be opportunity to discuss possible approaches for UTAS, facilitated by Associate Professor Clair Andersen.

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