What we do

The Social Inclusion Unit leads and supports programs and initiatives to build school and community capacity to attend higher education and to increase the participation of students identified cohorts. The Social Inclusion Unit also contributes to the development and implementation of programs and policy to:

  • Support an inclusive student experience.
  • Enhance staff capacity and skills relevant to social inclusion, Indigenous education and community engagement.
  • Research agenda on social inclusion/exclusion in higher education.

In fulfillment of its responsibilities, the Social Inclusion Unit:

  • Manages and implements schools and community engagement programs under the masthead of Compass, targeting students, their teachers, parents and communities in Western and South West Sydney and regional New South Wales.
  • Partners with non-government agencies such as The Smith Family, AIME, Souths Cares, Glebe Development Project and Future Directions Network, which enables coordination of multiple activities on a broader scale in schools and on the University campus.
  • Coordinates academic and professional staff networks. These networks provide access to shared resources and professional development opportunities and include: the Widening Participation Scholars and Schools Engagement Network.
  • Manages the Widening Participation Grants program.
  • Represents the University of Sydney in the Bridges to Higher Education partnership, which brings together the collective resources and experience of the widening participation, equity and social inclusion programs of five Sydney based universities to improve the participation rates of students from communities under-represented in higher education.
  • Promotes the participation and engagement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and communities under the Wingara Mura - Bunga Burrabugu Winter and Summer Programs strategy and specifically.
  • Manages and implements the Get Prepared program - a Federal Government Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP) Competitive Grant - the focus of which is early, effective, and sustained engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people, their families and communities to increase successful transition to university.