Supporting careers of LGBTQIA+ students in Australian universities
One of 17 projects funded under the 2020/21 round of the NCSEHE Research Grants Program, this research aims to identify best practices for universities to support the careers of LGBTQIA+ students, particularly during COVID-19.
Australians who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex, asexual and more (LGBTQIA+) face tremendous challenges in preparing careers through higher education. However, there is very limited knowledge on how they are being supported to achieve better career outcomes and what unique expectations they hold for university support systems. Investigating these areas through Australian-wide interviews and surveys, this project aims to identify best practices for universities to support the careers of LGBTQIA+ students generally and during COVID-19 specifically. Findings will inform high education policy and practice to maximise the success of LGBTQIA+ students.
Chief Investigator Dr Zhou Jiang from Flinders University recently provided a progress update, including preliminary findings from 25 student interviews conducted under Stage 1 of the project. The progress report is available here.
Lead institution: Flinders University
Key RMIT Researchers: Dr Lena Wang and Dr Susan Mate