Guide to good debut at uni
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.”
Savanna Oats is the first in her family to attend university.