Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander on campus engagement

Wingara Mura - Bunga Barrabugu (Strategy)

The Wingara Mura - Bunga Barrabugu (a thinking path - to make tomorrow) Strategy renews the University’s commitment to the promotion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation, engagement, education and research. A key element of this strategy is the provision of opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to study at one of Australia’s best universities.

The University of Sydney offers, through Compass, a multi-layered approach to support the academic and personal preparation of young people for higher education. This includes opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to experience university life, engage in fun, educational activities in a supportive and inclusive environment.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Year 7 & Year 8 Students' Explore Uni

Held during Reconciliation Week each year, Year 7 & Year 8 students have the opportunity to experience university life through a series of presentations and faculty-based subject electives.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students Experience Days are a partnership between the University of Sydney, The Smith Family and the University’s Koori Centre.

Wingara Mura - Bunga Barrabugu Summer Program

The Wingara Mura - Bunga Barrabugu Summer Program is for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who are considering going onto higher education after high school. It's the perfect way to get a taste of uni life over the summer holidays.

There are two programs:

Wingara Mura - Bunga Barrabugu Winter Program

The Bunga Barrabugu Winter Program is an invitation-only, week-long academic intensive workshop to prepare Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Year 12 students for their end of school exams. This program also provides the opportunity to experience university life, and understand enrolment opportunities. It provides participating high school students with valuable and memorable peer-to-peer support opportunities not only with each other, but also current University students and staff.

Throughout the week, students engage in a series of subject-based workshops in order to give them to opportunity to learn, revise and practice content with University academics. In addition, and in support of preparing for their HSC, students also one-on-one study sessions at the end of each day with Compass volunteer tutors. Furthermore, lecturers and other staff in Business, Law, Arts & Social Sciences, Education & Social Work, Natural Sciences and Engineering & I.T. conduct faculty-specific activities and exercises spanning a range of possible career outcomes.

The Making Tomorrow Forum

The Making Tomorrow Forum is for staff supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander high school students focussed on improving students' educational outcomes based on the following themes:

  • Engaging and motivating students for success
  • Building a culture of high expectations within the school community
  • Enabling and facilitating conversations with staff and students to promote a culture of high expectations and positive identities
  • Supporting student progression to higher education

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