Widening Participation and Outreach

Widening Participation and Outreach (WPO) is the University of Sydney’s schools outreach program (formally Compass). We work with school students who are generally under-represented in higher education: Low Socio-Economic Status (Low SES), Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and regional and remote students. Our primary goal is widening access and participation to higher education.

about us

About us

Find out about Widening Participation and Outreach, our objectives and who we work with.

primary schools

Primary Schools

Widening Participation and Outreach programs deliver foundational experiences which help shape students’ decisions about their future.

high schools

High Schools

Widening Participation and Outreach programs have a positive effect on students’ readiness to face the academic challenges they are likely to encounter in high school and university.


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Programs

Widening Participation and Outreach offers a multi-layered approach to support the academic and personal preparation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students for higher education.



If you are student, academic or alumni of the University of Sydney you are welcome to apply to be a Widening Participation and Outreach Volunteer.



Our various community partners help us to further extend our reach into disadvantaged communities.

events and news

Events & News

What’s happening on-campus and subscribe to Widening Participation and Outreach news.

support us

Support Us

Direct your support to the University’s widening participation outreach programs.