Giving students a head start

10 January 2014

Professor Tyrone Carlin addresses this year's successful E12 students at a special Info Day event.

The University's Compass program is making significant inroads into helping students from disadvantaged or traditionally under-represented backgrounds through its E12 and Wingara Mura - Bunga Barrabugu programs.

Last week we made 289 firm (unconditional) offers to prospective students under our Early Offer Year 12 Scheme (E12), significantly higher than the 130 offers in last year's inaugural E12 program.

E12 helps students who have been financially disadvantaged during their time at school and who have been nominated by their school principal for showing potential to succeed at the University of Sydney. Nominated students receive an early offer to study at the University, financial assistance, and additional support when they arrive at the Sydney and throughout their first year.

Professor Tyrone Carlin, Professor Joellen Riley and one of the 2013 E12 cohort spoke to many of this year's successful E12 students at an Info Day welcome lunch last week. Prospective students were able to meet faculty staff and find out more about studying on the E12 program.

Next week, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander high school students from as far as Darwin and the Torres Strait's Thursday Island will be in Sydney for the inaugural Wingara Mura - Bunga Barrabugu Summer Program.

Around 250 students will visit us to learn more about disciplines such as health, humanities and social science, architecture and the creative arts, music, natural science, and business. They will receive guidance on subject selection and how to prepare for life at uni.

The Wingara Mura program, for students in years 9 and 10, and the Bunga Barrabugu program, for years 11 and 12 students, are both funded by Bridges to Higher Education, a $21.2m initiative funded by the federal government's Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program that aims to improve participation rates of students from communities under-represented in higher education.