Building Educational Aspiration and Attainment
At UTS we believe that encouraging aspiration and improving students’ academic outcomes is an important step that comes well before the point of enrolment.
With this in mind, UTS has developed a series of programs in partnership with targeted schools, TAFEs and communities.
One such program is the U@Uni Schools Outreach program. As a key component of the WPS, the program seeks to inspire and enable high school students from priority schools in South West Sydney and/or those who are from an Indigenous background to attend university. It also builds teacher and school capacity through professional development programs designed for teachers working in priority schools.
- The U@Uni Summer School is a two-week on-campus learning experience for year 11 high schools students commencing their journey towards the HSC. Students take part in the intensive two-week experience across six different faculty areas. By studying on campus with university staff and students, school students experience the university environment first-hand. This builds their confidence for learning and solving problems in a team environment.
- U@Uni on-campus workshops offer hands-on, interactive experiences working with UTS academics, students and industry experts to give students an insight into university, build their interpersonal skills and raise personal aspirations. The workshops align with UTS’s core strengths, giving students a real university experience that is transdisciplinary and problem-based.
- The U@Uni HSC Tutorial Scheme, delivered by UTS students, provides free school-based tutorial sessions to Year 11 and 12 high school students with the aim of improving students’ academic preparedness and outcomes, and aspiration for university study.
- U@Uni accredited teacher professional development and networking opportunities involving UTS academics are offered to teachers working in priority schools, building both teacher and school capacity.
- Jumbunna’s undergraduate recruitment and outreach project Galuwa builds aspiration for university study amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in years 9 12 across the Science, FEIT, Health and DAB faculties.
- We support community partners with education-oriented goals, including the Smith Family.