Information for Schools
COVID-19 update: There have been disruptions to the planned U@Uni program in light of COVID-19. This includes cancellations of all Term 1 activities and the school holiday workshops. Please see our full update for further information.
We believe that all students should have access to tertiary education.
The UTS Widening Participation Strategy (WPS) is our whole-of-university approach to increasing the number of students from underrepresented equity groups accessing and completing university study; in particular, students from low socioeconomic status backgrounds. As a key part of the WPS, the U@Uni Academy supports students from a low-SES background to gain entry into UTS through a two-year alternative entry program, the U@Uni Academy.
The U@Uni Academy is delivered in partnership with our partner schools located in south-west Sydney. A cohort of selected students chosen by teachers at these schools will be provided with academic and mentoring support throughout their senior high school years, and the opportunity to study at UTS afterwards. Students who successfully graduate from the U@Uni Academy (see below for graduation criteria) will be offered direct entry to a course at UTS.
We know that many students' potential is not reflected in their ATAR, so we look beyond this and focus instead on providing experiences and opportunities to develop key capabilities that will make students university-ready, and give them the skills to succeed in academia and beyond.
The U@Uni Academy begins at the end of Year 10 and carries through to completion of the HSC, with activities tailored to the needs of each year group - for example, more on-campus activities in Year 11 and HSC-focussed tutoring and mentoring in Year 12. We also offer a tailored model for students studying a compressed curriculum model.
Please refer to our key dates calendar for all scheduled program activities.
U@Uni Academy Graduation Criteria
In order to receive an offer to study at UTS upon completion of the U@Uni Academy, each student must fulfill certain criteria. Detailed information on this is included in our FAQs page.
We currently partner with 20 schools primarily located across south-west Sydney. See the full list here.
Schools are selected to be part of the U@Uni program because they are identified as low socioeconomic schools by the New South Wales Department of Education and the Federal Government. Factors such as intensity of disadvantage, school location, and current support service levels are also considered when establishing a partnership.
Get in touch
If you are a teacher at one of our partner school and would like more information, please get in touch with the U@Uni team on 9514 1084 or UatUni@uts.edu.au.