2013 Widening Participation grants announced

5 July 2013

In 2011, the University of Sydney launched an internal grant program designed to address our strategic goals for ensuring that we attract promising students from a variety of backgrounds, and that all students experience an inclusive and diverse learning environment while studying at Sydney.

In the 2013 round (for projects running from 2013 to 2014), three flagship and seven implementation grants have been funded.

The flagship projects support faculties and divisions to engage in partnership activities with schools or communities aimed at widening participation, and include projects in the Faculty of Health Sciences, the Division of Architecture and Creative Arts, and two of the residential Colleges.

The seven implementation grants support implementation and integration of inclusive teaching strategies into curricula and teaching, especially in first-year units, and include projects on peer mentoring, building rural engagement and bridging sociocultural incongruity in undergraduate curricula.

Profiles of the projects will be published in Teaching@Sydney and you will also see them in the weekly staff news email from time to time.

All interested staff are invited to join the Widening Participation Scholars Network. The Network, a joint initiative of the Social Inclusion Unit and the Institute for Teaching and Learning, provides support for the professional development and collaborative learning of its members. Slides from the recent workshop on Embedding Social Inclusion in Universities by Associate Professor Adam Howard, Visiting Senior Fulbright Specialist, are now available (Powerpoint slide download).