Bridges to Higher Education
The University of Sydney - through the Compass Program - is proud to be a founding member of Bridges to Higher Education (Bridges) initiative.
Bridges was awarded a $21.2m grant from the Commonwealth Government Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP) in 2011.
Bridges to Higher Education (Bridges) is a partnership of ﬁve Sydney universities working with schools and communities to improve the participation of students from disadvantaged communities in higher education. The collaboration brings together the collective resources and signiﬁcant experience of:
- University of Western Sydney
- The University of Sydney
- University of Technology, Sydney
- Macquarie University
- Australian Catholic University
Bridges to Higher Education works closely with over 30 established organisations and service providers and more than 100 primary and high schools.
For more information on Bridges and its programs visit the website.
The Smith Family
The Smith Family and the University of Sydney joined forces in 2004 in a long-term partnership to support and encourage students from disadvantaged backgrounds. The University of Sydney was the first university to partner with The Smith Family in this way.
In May 2013 the University and the Smith Family renewed their partnership, with the University pledging more than a quarter of a million dollars to provide scholarships to disadvantaged students and support a program of activities which includes:
Support for the partnership from the University also includes programs such as:
- Year 9 and 10 University Experience Day
- CONverge - a partnership between the University of Sydney's Conservatorium of Music and The Smith Family which seeks to explore and develop students' own musical identity, creativity and potential. Using voice as their instrument the students are brought together over five weeks to explore and engage in music.
- Year 7 and 8 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students' Experience Day
- The Smith Family Year 11 and 12 Camp
Partnership reports are available for download here.
For more information on The Smith Family and Learning for Life visit their website.
The University of Sydney supported the foundation of the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME) and has continued that support for the last seven years. Nearly 200 University of Sydney students volunteer with AIME every year.
AIME provides a dynamic educational program that gives Indigenous high school students the skills, opportunities, belief and confidence to finish school at the same rate as their peers. AIME has proven to dramatically improve the chances of Indigenous students finishing school. AIME also connects students with post Year 12 opportunities, including further education and employment.
Support for the partnership from the University includes programs such as:
- Preparation for senior study
- Thinking ahead - workshop
- Year 7 & 8 Experience Day
- Year 11 & 12 Experience Day
- 60 spots available in STEM
For more information on AIME and its programs visit their website.
The University of Sydney is proud to support South Cares. South Cares is the not profit charity initiative of the South Sydney District Rugby League Football Club. This partnership aims to assist disadvantaged youth in the South Sydney area, encourage and support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth to achieve their goals with a focus in education, training and employment and foster the expansion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander engagement in higher education.
Support for the partnership from the University includes programs such as Framing Health - a partnership project between the University of Sydney School of Public Health and Souths Cares. Students on the Graduate Diploma of Indigenous Health Promotion and local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander high school students on the Souths Cares program have collaborated over a series of workshops to produce short health promotion film clips. The films focus on health issues relating to youth health and education, and will be used widely to promote better health.
For more information on Souths Cares and its programs visit their website.
Future Directions Network
Former Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs player and current NSW Young Australian of the Year Corey Payne established the Future Directions Network (FDN) while completing his Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Sydney. Through mentoring programs, career pathway planning and financial assistance FDN aims to inform, educate and inspire youth from South West Sydney about higher education.
The Future Direction Network board of directors have all grown up in South West Sydney and gone on to study at university. Each Director understands the challenges that students can face in progressing from high school to university and is dedicated to bridging the information gaps and demystifying the common misperceptions of students from the region. FDN works in partnership with Compass Fairfield and Westfield Sports High Schools.
For more about FDN visit their website.