WIDENING PARTICIPATION AND OUTREACH


Mary Teague

Head Widening Participation and Outreach


Mary has worked at the University of Sydney since 2007 initially in Student Equity (Disability) and then Widening Participation and Outreach. She is the University contact for the Higher Education and Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP) and is the University representative on the G08 Equity Working Group. She leads University-wide programs and Faculty based initiatives to increase the access and participation of students from under-represented groups. This has included the strategic implementation of access pathways, the pre-tertiary component of the Wingara Mura-Bunga Barrabugu Strategy, cross-University collaborations, and a grants program for inter-disciplinary widening participation outreach activities and research in faculties.

She has recently overseen the development of the WPO Strategy released in 2016 and WPO 2017 Schools program, which focusses on building student academic capacity through early exposure to University.

She has recently established partnerships with both NGO’s and leading arts organisations, Sydney Story Factory and Sydney Writers Festival to deliver a sustainable and innovative outreach program.

She undertook a Masters of Teaching at Sydney and then taught in NSW secondary schools, and also lectured at UNSW, Built Environment, prior to working at the University at Sydney.


Josie Wilson

Manager Partnerships and Engagements
Josie Wilson

Josie leads and supports programs and initiatives to build school and community capacity to attend higher education and to increase the participation of students from identified cohorts. Josie is responsible for securing new partnerships with schools and their communities, industry and non-government agencies.


Katy Head

Manager Strategic Projects


Katy manages a range of strategic projects, the development and implementation of evaluation, monitoring and sustainability frameworks and internal and external reporting requirements across Widening Participation and Outreach. Her role involves extensive stakeholder management, communication and the provision of high level advice for the development and direction of ongoing strategic initiatives including schools outreach.


victoria loy

Senior Schools Outreach Officer


Victoria coordinates the project and relationship management work of the schools outreach team, and assists in the development and implementation of strategy. A qualified teacher, she particularly enjoys working with passionate and committed public school staff to provide more opportunities for their students. Prior to working at WPO, Victoria was a tutor at the Writing Hub in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, after teaching in schools and colleges in Canada.


Kristy O

School Outreach Officer


Kristy manages relationships with key stakeholders in partner high schools across South-Western Sydney and Central West NSW. Her role involves the coordination and facilitation of academic enrichment and tertiary preparedness workshops assisting under-represented cohorts of students in navigating their way towards success in higher education.


ren allan

Schools Outreach Officer
Ren Allan

Ren is a proud Kamilaroi woman. She is the key schools relationship manager for Blacktown, Mt Druitt, Canterbury-Bankstown and Central Coast Hubs. She is responsible for coordinating the delivery of our high-school focused academic enrichment and engagement activities, including on-campus, in school and community workshops. Ren has a background in supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students access and succeed in higher education.


sarah foster

Schools Outreach Assistant
Sarah Forster

Sarah performs general administrative duties and project administration support for the schools outreach officers. She coordinates and undertakes a range of operational activities on a day to day basis and works with our partner schools, providing administrative support for the implementation of programs and projects to support the schools outreach initiatives. Sarah holds Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science and Masters of Museum Studies from the University of Sydney, and is now a qualified HSIE teacher, having recently completed her Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary) by distance education with Charles Sturt University.


Dorothy Tran

Student Volunteering and Leadership Officer
Dorothy Tran

Dorothy coordinates and manages WPO’s volunteer, student leadership and related community partnership programs. She leads and implements innovative recruitment, training and development of our volunteers and university student leaders. She facilitates their participation in our programs, developing their leadership, competencies and skills through engagements with other young people and their school and communities. WPO volunteers and student leaders, through positive role modelling, peer learning and leadership, are integral to the effective delivery of our programs and the achievement of our vision of participation, access and success in higher education.


kristy harris

Project Officer - Events
Kristy Harris

Kristy coordinates and manages a range of on-campus events and activities. Her role includes working with university staff, students and key internal and external stakeholders, event content development, logistics and operations support and liaison; training and management of student leaders; and event promotion and implementation.


courtney brown

Events and Volunteering Assistant
Courtney Brown

Courtney is responsible for the coordination of events and activities to support the implementation of the Widening Participation and Outreach strategy and programs. She also provides project management support for all WPO’s volunteer, student leadership and related community partnership programs. Her role includes providing general events and administrative services and operational support to the WPO team and work area


esther robertshawe

Marketing and Communications Assistant
Esther Robertshawe

Esther is responsible for the production of innovative and creative content, social media, marketing programs and promotional events to build the ASTAR.TV audience and engagement with Widening Participation and Outreach programs. Working with external videographers and photographers she drives the video content and visual identity of ASTAR.TV to promote brand adoption amongst youth and to provide context on current issues that affect their daily lives.


bethel worku

Administration and Partnerships Assistant
Bethel Worku

Bethel is responsible for providing high level administrative support to the implementation of the Widening Participation and Outreach strategy and programs. She also provides general administration and coordination of partnerships (external and internal) and provides logistical and operational support for a range of on-campus events and activities.