Who we are
Meet the Compass team
Compass is managed on a day-to-day basis by the University's Social Inclusion Unit which initiates and coordinates project activities, manages resources and reporting.
Director - Social Inclusion
Annette leads the development and implementation of the University's social inclusion strategy. This includes working with the University community to ensure that it is an inclusive place and management of the programs with schools and communities to encourage participation in higher education. Annette took a lead role in the establishment of Bridges to Higher Education and is now on the Management Committee.
Head - Widening Participation
Mary's role is focussed on progressing University-wide programs and Faculty based projects to support Strategy 11 of the 2010 - 2015 Strategic Plan. Her primary objective is to increase the participation of students from low socio-economic backgrounds, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and regional students within the University of Sydney. This includes oversight of the pilot E12 Admissions pathway, working collaboratively with ITL to implement and oversee the widening participation grants program and the Widening Participation Scholars Network and the Sydney Schools Engagement Network.
Manager - Schools and Communities
Miriam leads the schools engagement program and partnerships with community organisations. This includes managing the ongoing development and review of Compass and supporting its expansion into regional communities. Miriam is the Chair of the Bridges Schools Engagement Project Group.
Coordinator - Schools and Regional Projects
Sophie manages the day to day running of Compass in the Sydney metro region. Her role is to supervise the Compass team in coordinating the program, and maintain relationships and partnerships with the 26 Compass schools and other stakeholders.
Project Officer - Schools and Volunteers
Sylvia manages the implementation of interactive classroom program, the delivery of motor skills development program for the primary school and delivery of homework club for secondary school. She also supports the coordination of Compass volunteering program and liaise with Compass partner school. Sylvia is part of the working group producing Enquiring Minds and Model of Achievement series for Bridges to Higher Education network.
Project Officer - Schools and Communications
Victoria manages the delivery of scholarship support workshops for senior students; coordinates the weekly Compass Directions newsletter; assists in the coordination of the school-based Film Production & Editing and Stop Motion Animation programs; and liaises with Compass coordinators in partner schools. Victoria also represents the University on the Connect project group of the Bridges to Higher Education network.
Team Leader - Events and Communications
Josie leads events and communications across the Social Inclusion Unit. This includes the strategic development of our on campus experiences for community partners, management of Wingarra Mura - Bunga Barrabugu Summer Program and the implementation of our communications strategy.
Project Officer - Events and Communications
Susan is responsible for the management of a range of Compass Program events and communications. She is currently developing the expansion of our volunteer program to include event support and our social media communications strategy.
Project Officer - Campus Experience
Bianca Williams is a Barkindji woman and works exclusively on pre-tertiary engagement activities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. You may come across her out and about as she promotes the upcoming Wingara Mura - Bunga Barrabugu Summer Program.
Senior Administration Officer/EA Director
Abi's role includes executive assistant duties for the Director, management of all the central administrative services for the Unit and the design of some of the publications, such as the Parent Newsletter. If you ring, email or pop into the Unit, Abi is likely to be one of the first people you talk to!
Project Administration Officer
Wicky coordinates and provides administrative support for the social inclusion, widening participation and schools engagement programs. She is the central point of contact for the pilot E12 Admissions pathway, Widening Participation grants program, Widening Participation Scholars Network and the Sydney Schools Engagement Network.
Post Doctoral Fellow
Hannah Forsyth is a historian who completed her PhD in the History Department at the University of Sydney in 2012 on "The Ownership of Knowledge in Higher Education in Australia, 1939-1996". Hannah supports the Social Inclusion Unit and the Widening Participation Scholars Network to further develop a scholarship of social inclusion in higher education.