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Success in Higher Education

Transitions to, within and from University

  • Leigh N. Wood
  • Yvonne A. Breyer
  • Describes detailed research-based, yet pragmatic, strategies

  • Covers not only the initial transition to university, but also the transition from university to the workplace

  • Provides a diverse range of case studies from universities around the globe


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Leigh N. Wood, Yvonne A. Breyer
    Pages 1-19
  3. Transitions to University

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
    2. Yvonne A. Breyer, Mauricio Marrone, Leigh N. Wood, Murray Taylor, Hajira Shaheen
      Pages 23-35
    3. Christine Chung, Antonia Dykes, Jen McPherson
      Pages 37-58
    4. Johann Engelbrecht, Ansie Harding, Marietjie Potgieter
      Pages 59-71
  4. Transitions Within University

  5. Transitions from University

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 201-201
    2. Leanne Carter, Jennifer Ruskin, Ashleigh Cassilles
      Pages 203-215
    3. Clare Hurst, Justine Fowler, Georgia Scapens
      Pages 217-228
  6. The Whole Journey

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 255-255
    2. Oliver Hannon, Lisa Roisin Smith, Giang Lã
      Pages 257-268

About this book


This book explores successful transition strategies to, within and from university for students from around the globe, with Macquarie University, a large Australian university, studied in depth. It addresses the meaning of success taking a variety of perspectives, including student, staff and employer views. The chapters present a series of initiatives that have proven to be successful in assisting students in developing their academic potential throughout university and beyond. The authors of the chapters use a variety of methodologies and approaches reflecting the diverse local contexts and requirements. These international perspectives demonstrate a triumph of practice that has led to the empowerment of individuals and groups. The approaches from twelve universities located in eight different countries stem directly from the coalface and provide many valuable lessons and tools that colleagues in the sector will be able to consider and adapt in their own contexts.

Small interventions matter, from a mentor of a nervous student who goes on to achieve greatness, to the use of a curriculum design model that hooks a whole group of students into learning and achievement. This book covers both the small, individual victories and the larger scale strategies that support success. Contributions emanate from Australia, Bangladesh, India, China, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Canada, USA, Uruguay and South Africa.


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Editors and affiliations

  1. 1.Macquarie UniversitySydneyAustralia
  2. 2.Macquarie UniversitySydneyAustralia

About the editors

Leigh Wood is Associate Dean, Learning and Teaching at the Faculty of Business and Economics at Macquarie University in Australia. Her research has focused on enhancing experience and improving outcomes for students and staff. The ultimate aim is to provide a vibrant higher education sector to support our economic and personal futures. Leigh’s research has spanned the transition to university, the transition to professional work and the investigation of key concepts in disciplines. 

Yvonne Breyer is the Director of Learning and Teaching at the Faculty of Business and Economics at Macquarie University in Australia. She has extensive expertise in online technologies and a research background in applied linguistics. She mentors fellow academics in professional development and learning and teaching (particularly in assessment and feedback, and integrating technologies into learning and teaching). Yvonne has been involved and led a number of research projects in learning and teaching, and publishes in the areas of teaching, retention and success in higher education.

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“The combination of theory and practice elaborated within this text is likely to appeal to a broad range of international readers. The perspectives from various countries, and professional and discipline areas, are illuminating and illustrate that there is a great deal we can continue to learn from each other.” (Kathryn McFarlane, Innovative Practice in Higher Education, Vol. 3 (2), April, 2018)