“South Africa is characterised by deeply embedded structural inequalities, high unemployment, and the intergenerational transmission of disadvantage. However, amidst these challenges, there exists opportunity for change”, write Emma Whitelaw and Nicola Branson in a University World News article about Murray Leibbrandt’s keynote address at the Siyaphumelela Network Conference 2023. His presentation, ‘Catalysing Social Mobility Through Student Success’ foregrounded the complex and challenging contexts from which students come, but also the important contributions that delegates make through supporting students. By popular demand, Murray was asked to share the presentation again at a webinar event hosted by Siyaphumelela. Additional discussion time was dedicated to thinking about the implications of findings for student success moving forward, in particular in Siyaphumelela Network 3.0.