Inspiring Achievement in First Year University Students

These webpages and the FLO First Year Support Strategies Portal are designed to support staff who work with students attending university for the first time at a first year level. Some of the material may also be useful for staff working with students who do not fit this explicit category, such as:

  • vocational students transferring into upper year level topics
  • first year research higher degree students

If you are involved with any of these students and would like some support or are interested in investigating strategies for supporting these groups of students please contact Dr Ann Luzeckyj (Senior Lecturer in Higher Education: First Year Undergraduate Teaching Advisor)

  Why is the First Year at University important?


Other support and resources available to staff

A First Year Community of Practice (FYCoP) has been established for staff who work with first year students. Established in 2009, this CoP meets monthly to explore and share ideas about how to support the diverse needs of first year students and develop curriculum that encourages them to succeed. All staff interested in teaching first year students are welcome to attend. For details please contact Sue Pyke and Ann Luzeckyj

In 2013, 2014 and 2015 funding was provided by the DVC-A (Professor Andrew Parkin) for ten $4000 grants. These Embedding Transition Pedagogy Principles Across the First Year Curriculum (ETPPAYFC) grants support staff wishing to develop ways to embed Transition Pedagogy Principles into their first year curriculum.

A twice yearly fora provides an opportunity to hear local and national experts on teaching first year students and to discuss items of interest or concern.

A video from the First Year Student and Staff Expectations and Experiences Project has been produced exploring student expectations and experiences of university.




In 2012 a staff member in Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching was appointed to provide advice, support and resources to all staff across the university who work with first year students including sessional staff and to work with Directors of First Year Studies. The Lecturer in Higher Education: First Year Undergraduate Teaching Advisor also:

  • undertakes research in relation to teaching and supporting first year students at Flinders University 
  • identifies and disseminates strategies to promote good teaching practice in relation to teaching first year students
  • explores and reports research and initiatives undertaken at other universities in relation to teaching first year students

Students at Flinders University have access to a variety of support services that can support them as they transition into and across university. Students may also access various Faculty and School based activities and programs (see individual school websites for further information).