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We are a group of academics and support staff from across Europe who are interested in improving the experience of students as they enter higher education. In 2006 our inaugural conference was hosted at Teesside University and since then we have met across the continent.

2007 – Gothenburg
2008 – Wolverhampton
2009 – Groningen
2010 – Antwerp
2011 – Manchester
2012 – smaller events in Nottingham, Teesside and Antwerp
2013 – Helsinki
2014 – Nottingham
2015 – Bergen
2016 – Ghent
2017 - Birmingham (UK)

The EFYE Conference Planning Team includes a team of volunteers working in universities across Europe.

The European First Year Experience Network Discussion List is a discussion forum where colleagues can discuss issues relating to the first year experience. New members are welcome! To join please go to the EFYE JISCmail Home Page to subscribe.

We are open to new hosts from across Europe. If you are interested in hosting the event in future years, please email us.


The conference primarily uses English for workshops and communications, but one of the great pleasures of the event is hearing a variety of languages being used during the breaks and at the social events. Each year, we have between 100 and 200 delegates attending from 16 (so far) different countries across Europe and beyond. This is a friendly conference and we're keen to welcome delegates from new countries.

The network is very practice-focused. Clearly we discuss theory, but this is a great conference to take away ideas that you can use back at your university.