Transition, Retention and Success, and Inclusive Community
University support shouldn’t end at enrolment.
At UTS, we aim to enhance academic and personal support programs to promote the effective transition, retention and success of low SES and/or Indigenous students, and actively respond to the changing needs of an increasingly diverse student community.
We promote the importance of delivering inclusive community programs and policies that contribute to building a university community in which students from diverse backgrounds can thrive.
- The Transition and Academic Support Program provides individual learning plans, brokered referrals, mentoring and subsidised tutoring for students who entered UTS via the Schools’ Recommendation Scheme (SRS), UTS Humanitarian Access or as a careleaver to support their retention and success in their first year of study at UTS.
- Free noncredit Mathematics and Science bridging courses are available for UTS Students transitioning into tertiary study.
- Orientation sessions and workshops provide students with advice about transitioning to life at university and the support services available.
- The First Year Experience Project further develops practice, community and resources for enhancing a student’s first year experience at UTS.
- The Jumbunna Learning Assistance Program and the Indigenous Tutorial Assistance Scheme (ITAS) provide a range of academic support and tutoring options for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students.
- The Mathematics and Science Study Centre provides students with one-on-one tutoring support across maths, statistics, science and software/IT content.
- U:PASS provides students with free peerdriven study sessions to support them in subjects perceived as difficult or with historically high failure rates.
- UTS HELPS provides academic literacy support to students through the provision of assignment advice, academic skills workshops and writing support programs. The unit also coordinates English speaking volunteer programs, such as the HELPS Buddy Program and Talkfest that encourage cultural exchange through casual conversation.
- Financial Support and Equity Grants are available to support students who are experiencing financial hardship, live a long distance from the University, have a disability or illness, have carer responsibilities and/or are Indigenous Australians.
- The Enhancing Computer Access program aims to improve the academic success of local low SES students by providing computers, internet access and/or faculty recommended coursespecific software.
- UTS Student Services assists students with their medical, counselling and/or accessibility requirements.
- The Equity and Diversity Unit run events and forums, such as Diversity Week, to promote social justice, diversity and human rights at UTS.