The full program and poster program for the 2015 conference is now available.

Keynote Abstracts

Click here to view Professor Hughes-Warrington’s Abstract

Click here to view Professor Meyer’s Abstract

Chick here to view the STARS Panel Session information

Invited Speaker Sessions

(included in registration fee, no need to register separately)

Session 1

Aligning the Stars: How the PASS Program supports the success, transition, achievement and retention of diverse student cohorts 
Melissa Zaccagnini, Melissa Stephen
University of Wollongong

Session 2

Optimising direct entry success: Designing an online transition course for students beginning university at second year
Dr Mark Symmons, Monash University

Session 3

Social Inclusion in Higher Education in Australia
Suzanne Trinidad, NCSEHE – National Centre of Student Equity of Higher Education

Session 4

Bridging the Gap – From Secondary Schools and other pathways to Higher Education Communicating & Collaborating; Transition Understandings, Innovations & Ideas

Moderator: Sally Kift

Panel Composition: 3 Secondary School Members & 2 Higher Education


  1. Mandy McConnell (Careers Adviser Barham High School NSW)
  2. Angela Di Sotto-Hames (Mathematics Teacher Bradford College. Adelaide)
  3. Doug Hughes (Careers Adviser Willyama High School Broken Hill NSW)

Higher Education:

  1. Dr Kathy Egea (Senior Lecturer UTS. FYE Coordinator)
  2. Dr Ann Luzeckyj (Senior Lecturer Flinders University. )

Special Interest Groups

The following Special Interest Groups will be meeting at the STARS 2015 conference: