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Students at Sydney University – Preparation, Personality and Performance

The survey is now closed. Many thanks to the 733 students who completed the survey!

The winners of the 50 iTunes vouchers and the 5 iPad Air 2s are now drawn from a lottery. You will have received a confirmation email from Stefanie Schurer on 9 September 2015 if you were a lucky winner. Preliminary results: PDF.


This project is part of a wider research programme financed by the Australian Research Council that seeks to investigate the determinants of exceptional upward mobility. If you are a first-year student, we would like to learn more about you. The survey will collect data on:

  • Your personality
  • How you perceive the personality of others
  • Some information about your family background - especially whether you are the first in your family to study at university and who encouraged you to attend university

The survey data would be linked, if you give us your consent, with your admission and student record data. We need this information to learn how personality - a measure of university readiness - shapes academic progress over and above previous academic achievement.

Upon completion of the survey you will enter a lottery to win a $50 iTunes voucher or, if you allow us to link your data, an iPad Air 2 (16GB). For this reason we need your university email address.

At no point in time will you be identifiable in this study. If you seek to withdraw from you can do so at any point in time. Just write an email to . The study received ethics approval on 18 November 2014.

On this webpage you will find research results from May 2015 onward. Follow us on Facebook [Link to be included].

The Research Team

Important Documents

Project Summary

Ethics Approval

Participation Information Statement

The Life Course Centre The University of Sydney