The Student Experience in Higher Education

Research themes

This research stream explores students’ experiences of contemporary higher education and the factors that affect the quality of their experience and educational outcomes. Projects in this research stream adopt mixed-method approaches to examine questions about:

  • Students’ transition into higher education and their First Year Experience
  • The inclusion and engagement of students from under-represented groups
  • The experiences and outcomes of students from diverse cultural backgrounds
  • Student wellbeing and course experiences
  • Student engagement and connection in university life
  • The experiences of graduate researchers

Research team

  • Associate Professor Chi Baik, Deputy Director and Associate Professor in Higher Education,
  • Professor Sophie Arkoudis, Associate Dean (Research), Melbourne Graduate School of Education and Professor in Higher Education
  • Associate Professor Karena Waller, Associate Professor in Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
  • Dr Tracii Ryan, Research Fellow in Higher Education
  • Dr James Waghorne, History of the University Unit
  • Dr Samantha Marangell, Associate Lecturer
  • Jiadi Cai, RHD student
  • Hang Nguyen, RHD student
  • Claudia Andrea Rivera Munoz, RHD student
  • Ben Symon, RHD student
  • Dr Dina Uzhegova, Program Officer


For more information and interest in research collaborations, please contact Associate Professor Chi Baik.