Since 2012, the Department of English has been involved in a schools outreach program to ‘Widen Participation’ at The University of Sydney. Responding to the chronic underrepresentation of students from low socioeconomic backgrounds in higher education institutions across Australia, the Department’s ‘LINK’ program seeks to improve opportunities for young people of diverse backgrounds to study at University.

The LINK program has established partnerships with a number of schools across NSW and is working with them to: emphasise the value of education and learning; encourage achievement at school and beyond; identify pathways for students to higher education; familiarise high school students with University life; and to promote an open and inclusive campus here at the University.