Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander university students are enrolling in university degrees at historically high rates; however, the majority of these students are not completing their qualifications.

New research, led by Dr Bep Uink of Murdoch University, investigated the enrolment-completion gap and questioned what supports are available to Indigenous undergraduate students, and how likely they are to access them.

The team provides recommendations on data management; academic and financial support; student support practices; visible acknowledgement of Traditional Owners; mandated professional development; and Indigenous-led auditing of curriculum content.


Wednesday 15 June | 12:00 am to 1:15 pm AEST | 10:00 am to 11:15 am AWST

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Bep Uink

Bep Uink (Master of Applied Psychology(Clinical), PhD) is a Noongar woman from Perth, WA. She works at Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre, Murdoch University as a researcher. Her research focuses on understanding how socially determined disadvantage impacts the social emotional wellbeing of young people, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, and how social systems such as higher education can support young peoples’ wellbeing. Her work spans investigations into adolescent emotion regulation, the barriers and enablers of Indigenous student success in higher education, gendered barriers to higher education, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTQA+ youth mental health.

Braden Hill

Professor Braden Hill is a Nyungar (Wardandi) man from the south-west of Western Australia and the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Equity and Indigenous) and Head of Kurongkurl Katitjin, Edith Cowan University’s (ECU) Centre for Indigenous Australian Education and Research.

He has significant experience in Aboriginal education, as well as leading a range of equity initiatives including SAGE Athena Swan, Respect Now Always, Reconciliation Action Plan and Disabilities and Access Inclusion Plan within the tertiary sector. His current portfolio responsibilities include leading ECU’s commitment to Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander advancement, Equity and Diversity initiatives and working across the University to provide an environment that welcomes, and facilitates the success of, students and staff from a range of diverse backgrounds.

Professor Hill’s research interests include Indigenous education, identity politics, queer identities in education and transformative learning. He is also chief investigator on a project exploring the lived experiences of Indigenous LGBTQI people to better inform community health organisations in their working with queer-identifying Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Rebecca Bennett

Dr Rebecca Bennett (PhD) is a Senior Lecturer in the Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre and Co-Lead of the Centre’s multidisciplinary Aboriginal Culture Education and Equity (ACEE) lab at Murdoch University. Her research interests include social justice and higher education; racism and allyship; Indigenous higher education; LGBTIQA+ inclusion; popular and digital culture, and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. She is currently working on an Australian Research Council Discovery Indigenous project examining a tripartite model for understanding racial microaggressions experienced by Aboriginal youth.

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