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U@Uni Summer School program

13 February 2017

Hosted each January at UTS since 2009, the U@Uni Summer School program encourages high school students from low-SES schools to explore their tertiary options.

Media summer school students 'on set' creating a short film

Media summer school students ‘on set’ creating a short film

Media summer school students creating a short filmTwenty-two Year 11 students participated in the Media and Communication summer school workshops this year, making short films and creating a current affairs news piece with the neighbouring ABC.

Cynthia Ngo from Bonnyrigg High School said her favourite part was “directing the actors because I was the director and I love telling them what to do because I’m a little bit of a control freak.

“I learnt that uni is a place where you can express yourself artistically and creatively. It focuses on you and your strengths and your weaknesses and really helps you individually. Summer School has definitely changed my view. It’s made me want to go to university.”

The program, which culminated with a graduation ceremony for family and friends, is an opportunity for students to discover that tertiary education is within reach.

Half of this year’s participants come from a non-English speaking background, while 24 per cent identify as having a refugee background. 66 per cent would also be the first in family to attend university.

Programs like Summer School contribute to UTS’s KPI of increasing the number of commencing domestic undergraduate students from a low-SES background, with numbers up by 40 per cent over 2011-2015.

Data collection last year shows 98% of participants felt encouraged to pursue higher education following the on-campus experience.

Thank you to our UTS arts and social sciences staff, students and alumni who played a part in engaging the students on campus.

  • Coordinator: Justin Harvey
  • Teacher: Dimi Saisanas, Wiley Park Girls High School
  • Mentors: Camilla Turnbull, Elizabeth Cappellazzo, Thomas Grainger, Cato Klafas, Harry Reid, Lydia Watson-Moore, Tahlia Danks and Justin Yao

More information

Read more about this year’s Summer School on the UTS Newsroom.