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Regional Transition to University Grant

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Released by: Education

The Department of Education is seeking to lift rates of transition from school to university by high-achieving students in regional schools in NSW.

Research shows that high-achieving regional students are more likely to take a gap year than their metropolitan peers, but they also need support and information during this important time.

Project overview

In 2017, the Department of Education commissioned researchers from the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education to investigate why high-achieving students (ATAR 75+) from regional schools were transitioning to university at low rates.

Researchers interviewed over 500 students in inner-regional government and non-government schools. The final research report shows that many students had concerns over money, relocation, and knowing what to do when they finished school. Half of the students indicated they planned to take a gap year.

The department will provide funding to assist universities to undertake innovative projects that target the key factors affecting the successful transition to university for this cohort. This could include a strategy, intervention or innovative trial.

Proposals for this grant must be based on findings from this research into the factors affecting the transition for this cohort. Download the application form online.

Submissions will close on 14 January 2019, with research expected to commence in 2019.

Further information

For further information, contact:

  • Name: Sarah Hayes, Leader Strategic Projects and Programs
    Higher Education, Education and Skills Reform, Department of Education 
  • Email:


Last updated: 24 November 2020
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