Supporting school students

The Sydney Nursing School is proud to be involved with the Compass program at the University of Sydney.

The Compass program seeks to address the under-representation of students from low socio-economic backgrounds, rural communities and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in higher education.

The program supports students to feel confident, motivated, and prepared for their future. We work with schools and communities to ensure students are aware of the breadth of post-school options – whether it be vocational training or higher education.

Each of Compass' activities builds confidence, motivation and an understanding of the value of higher education. Activities are also designed to complement the general capabilities identified in the National Curriculum Framework.


Tailored program for schools
Compass takes a place-based approach. Schools can tailor the elements or activities of the program that best suit their particular circumstances. The programs are designed in conjunction with the schools to build cumulative impact and ensure they achieve their desired outcomes.

Impact of Compass in 2013

  • Worked with 212 schools across metropolitan and regional New South Wales
  • Engaged 19,995 primary and high school students in school and on campus Offered 484 E12 conditional places for 2014
  • Welcomed 655 parents to campus
  • Assigned 325 University of Sydney student ambassadors and volunteers Delivered 93 programs and workshops for students, teachers and parents