This time it’s different: Sesh and Shannon


This chapter provides further perspectives on the impact of family background and geography on access to higher education. In it we present the stories of Sesh and Shannon, a woman and a man who both initially commenced university as school leavers but did not proceed to graduation. Their comments show how their subsequent experiences led to their current, successful enrolment as mature, self-reliant learners, proceeding without the assistance of university support services. We use their stories to focus on the implications for retention of students from diverse backgrounds. We consider whether Sesh and Shannon could have been assisted to continue during their earlier attempts at study, ...

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