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 university experiences
  • Student engagement and connection in university life
  • The experiences of graduate researchers

Research team

  • Professor Chi Baik, Deputy Director and Associate Professor in Higher Education,
  • Professor Sophie Arkoudis, Director and Professor in Higher Education
  • Associate Professor Wendy Larcombe, Honorary Principal Fellow
  • Dr Tracii Ryan, Research Fellow in Higher Education
  • Dr James Waghorne, History of the University Unit
  • Dr Samantha Marangell, Lecturer
  • Dr Paula De Barba, Research Fellow
  • Associate Professor Karena Waller, Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
  • Jiadi Cai, Graduate Researcher
  • Hang Nguyen, Graduate Researcher
  • Claudia Andrea Rivera Munoz, Graduate Researcher
  • Ben Symon, Graduate Researcher
  • Dr Dina Uzhegova, Program Officer


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