High school students get a taste of careers in health at UTS
- U@Uni Summer School took place in January to encourage high school students from low-socioeconomic status (SES) to discover university life, and support their aspirations to pursue tertiary studies.
- 35 Year 11 students participated in the two week Health Summer School program and experienced real-world clinical scenarios at UTS.
Over two weeks in January, the UTS Equity and Diversity Unit’s U@Uni Summer School initiative took over the UTS Health clinical labs.
Running since 2009, the program seeks to provide students from low-SES background schools in south-west Sydney an opportunity to explore their options in tertiary education. Summer School programs are run by each faculty at UTS.
Bachelor of Midwifery student Elizabeth Holland coordinated the 2019 Health Summer School.
“I was a mentor for this program last year, and was excited at the opportunity to step up because it involves so many things I am passionate about: promoting healthcare; encouraging inclusivity and the premise that university can be for everyone; and inspiring and emboldening these students to push through the challenge of the HSC.”
What’s it all about?
35 high school students were given an immersive university experience within UTS Health: they commuted into the city each day; learnt healthcare skills and used resources in the Faculty's clinical laboratories; made friends and created community.
Participants attended hands-on workshops, got a taste for clinical simulation and technology, heard from guest speakers in the health industry, and took part in a practical workshop with UTS Sport and Exercise Science student, Clementine Grandou.
The program's success draws on a dedicated team of student mentors to facilitate sessions and share their knowledge, expertise and experience. In 2019, the mentors included: Jack Cornish, Ella Weiss and Tori Morris (Bachelor of Nursing); Keshana Jeevaratnam, Caitlin Compton and Alana Lukins (Bachelor of Midwifery).
“I believe that our U@Uni Health Summer School graduates will go on to make a huge difference as future healthcare professionals,” says coordinator Elizabeth. “It has been a joy and privilege to coordinate this engaging and immersive program for them.”
Thank you to all UTS Faculty of Health staff, students and alumni who played a part in engaging the students on campus.