The University's Strategic Plan 2011-2015 identifies the need for us to attract promising students whatever their social or cultural background. We believe that this is our social responsibility as a leading Australian university and we will also enrich the educational experience of those students who do come to the University of Sydney.
We aim to diversify our student population and increase the participation of students from currently underrepresented groups. We look to widening participation and community engagement programs to help us begin communicating with future students as early as possible.
The University has established targets for participation of students from low socio-economic status (SES) backgrounds, Indigenous students, and regional and remote students. The Strategic Plan and accompanying White Paper outline a series of initiatives to support widening participation in higher education. These include increased engagement with schools and communities those students might not traditionally consider higher education as an option, and programs that attract promising students to Sydney.
Our other focuses include building stronger relationships and pathways with regional universities and programs, and increasing opportunities for University academic staff to make new discoveries about social exclusion and inclusion, through the lens of inclusive teaching and research. Once students enrol at Sydney, we offer initiatives to support their retention and success.