This paper introduces the notion of the ‘university place’ and outlines a current, promising initiative aimed at enhancing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander university student engagement and retention. In particular, the project set out to identify how attending to the notion of ‘place’ may provide information and tools that universities can use to increase access to, engagement with, and the outcomes of, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australian higher education. The proposed case study approach comprises of two case universities (USC and USQ) and will employ mixed methods, is organised into three scaffolded stages and will collect data from multiple university stakeholders. It is anticipated that from the data a framework will be developed, accompanied by approaches to rethinking ‘place’ and suggested, research-informed tools for practice.
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