We’re excited to announce that the Students Transitions Achievement Retention & Success Conference (STARS), Equity Practitioners in Higher Education Australasia (EPHEA) and National Association of Enabling Educators of Australia (NAEEA) are joining together once again to host the 2025 Student Success Conference.

The 2025 Call for Submission will be released later this year (October). Please join our mail list to receive all conference updates.

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I really enjoyed my time at the STARS conference

I really enjoyed my time at the STARS conference, particularly as a first time presenter. The conversations were stimulating, the community was welcoming and the issues being discussed were fundamental to students and their experience.

Professor Gregor Kennedy, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), The University of Melbourne

STARS is a great opportunity for those people working in higher education…

The STARS conference - Students, Transition, Achievement, Retention, Success – is all about the next generation of university students and how we, their teachers and advisers, work to enable their success in higher education. STARS is a great opportunity for those people working in higher education to know more about how to assist good learning and progress for students, particularly those who encounter various challenges. Whether you have been teaching or supporting students for years or are new to the higher education world, the STARS conference will leave you refreshed and prepared for whatever comes your way on campus.

Dr Jane den Hollander AO Professor emerita

STARS was abundant with ideas and practices that we can now share in our own settings.

It was such a treat to finally be part of the STARs conference in 2022. The event has always produced such interesting ideas and papers (via the journal) that we had looked on with interest from the other side of the world. It was so exciting to finally attend the conference as keynote speakers. Emily had highlighted the rich content and discussions from her experience as a delegate in 2016. The advent of COVID brought one blessing for us both – an online version of such an exciting conference and a chance to participate from the UK. The event and issues at the forefront of student success, gave us an opportunity to talk about our own passion for third space working in this context. We managed to have some great conversations and the event was abundant with ideas and practices that we can now share in our own settings.

Emily McIntosh and Diane Nutt (joint keynote presenters 2022)

STARS is one of those ‘must be there’ conferences!

STARS is one of those 'must be there' conferences! It's over a decade since I first attended an earlier iteration of STARS, and the conference has gone from strength to strength over this time. It has established a reputation as a trendsetter regarding our thinking about student success. Next year's conference is no exception. I will certainly promote the event amongst my European colleagues, as so much contemporary literature in this area comes from Australia and New Zealand. Brisbane is going to be the place to be in '23!

Professor Mark Brown, Director, National Institute for Digital Learning, Dublin City University

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The Student Success Conference is not for profit, organised by the sector for the sector. It provides the opportunity to disseminate and discuss current research, good practice, emerging initiatives and leading edge ideas that are aimed at enhancing students’ tertiary learning experiences.

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STARS is one of those rare treats…

STARS is one of those rare treats – a conference that brings together practitioners, academics, managers, students and sponsors into a genuine and enthusiastic community of learning. Ordinarily one is pleased to walk away from a conference with one or two pearls of wisdom and perhaps a valuable new contact. At STARS you’ll find a galaxy of these treasures. The focus on students is paramount, the quality of contributions (from stage and floor) exceptional, and the networking opportunities extensive. I can’t recommend STARS highly enough!

Professor Martin Carroll, Executive General Manager Academic and Provost, Manukau Institute of Technology, New Zealand

It was inspiring!

Over my forty years in higher education, I have attended scores of conferences around the world, but I never witnessed an event of the quality of the STARS conference held in Adelaide, South Australia in July 2017. I could write pages about the professionalism and dedication of the organizers, fellows, and event staff, but what really impressed me the most was the extraordinary passion and commitment that the presenters and participants so obviously have for the care and well-being of students. It was inspiring, and I am taking home many new ideas and an even stronger belief that students and their learning should be the primary focus of universities.

Thomas C. Reeves, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus of Learning, Design, and Technology The University of Georgia, USA

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