At the University of Sydney we recognise that students with the ability to succeed in higher education come from all walks of life. That's what our Compass - your way to higher education program partners with schools and communities that are underrepresented in higher education. Together we support young people to be academically prepared, motivated and aware of the value and opportunity that high education provides.
Our programs are divided into four stages: Discover Year 3-6, Explore Year 7-8, Inquire Year 9-10 and Experience Year 11-12. We also provide a range of enriched learning programs across all year levels that are designed to further develop skills, independence and participation.
Since launching in 2009 Compass has engaged over 60,000 students, teachers and parents in their schools, communities and on campus.
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics are not the most popular of subjects for high school students but are the focus of the Year 9 Inquiry Day (STEM), a whole day on campus in which students interested in STEM get the opportunity to find out exactly what opportunities exist for them.
Matt Thistlethwaite MP for Kingsford Smith presents a speech to the House of Representatives on Framing Health a partnership project between Compass, the University's School of Public Health and Souths Cares.
2013 has been a huge year for the Compass Volunteer Program. Since 2009 we have been recruiting uni students, staff and alumni to volunteer and help us deliver a range of programs to both primary and secondary school students at our partner schools across metropolitan Sydney.