Guide to good de­but at uni

Wanneroo Times - - NEWS -

THE Good Uni­ver­si­ties Guide will fea­ture a ‘first gen­er­a­tion’ five-star rat­ing for the first time in 2019.

The 2019 guide, re­leased by Good Ed­u­ca­tion Group, in­cludes a rat­ing cat­e­gory in which the guide com­pares uni­ver­si­ties by the pro­por­tion of stu­dents who were the first in their fam­ily to pur­sue ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Chris Lester said the rat­ing gave an in­di­ca­tion of which uni­ver­si­ties were de­liv­er­ing ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties to de­mo­graph­ics that were tra­di­tion­ally un­der-rep­re­sented.

“The first gen­er­a­tion met­ric ap­plies to stu­dents whose par­ents did not study beyond Year 12,” he said.

Sa­vanna Oats was the first in her fam­ily to at­tend univer­sity, study­ing a dou­ble de­gree in com­merce and psy­chol­ogy at ECU.

“I was in­spired to come to univer­sity to study psy­chol­ogy as I have al­ways wanted to learn about my en­vi­ron­ment and why peo­ple are the way they are,” she said.

“I was un­sure of my ca­pa­bil­i­ties, so I de­cided to un­der­take the univer­sity prepa­ra­tion course be­fore jump­ing straight into a de­gree.

“Be­ing the first in my fam­ily to study at this level, I wanted a sup­port­ive en­vi­ron­ment where I could freely ask ques­tions, which is ex­actly what I re­ceived.

“I would al­ways rec­om­mend the UniPrep course to any­one who is un­sure of what univer­sity is like; it re­ally pro­vided a foun­da­tion for me to pur­sue my cur­rent course.”

Pic­ture: ECU

Sa­vanna Oats is the first in her fam­ily to at­tend univer­sity.

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