Regional hub

The Regional Hub project is an extension of outreach and inclusion between The University of Sydney and targeted regional communities. This project extends our reach into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander regional and remote communities, supporting our commitment to co-create innovative learning experiences and opportunities, leverage knowledge, expertise and best practice in order to maximise positive outcomes for the target cohort.

Preparation for senior study

This program is designed to develop strong study habits in preparation for senior years of high school and increase student preparedness for the HSC and university.

It is a two-phase program:

Session 1 – students attend Mathematics Preparation, English Preparation and General Study skills workshops at the University of Sydney, conducted by University academics and Widening Participation and Outreach staff.

Session 2 - University of Sydney student volunteers studying Secondary English Education develop follow-up literacy activities as part of their coursework and visit schools to deliver to small groups of Year 10 students. During the school visit, high-school students also have an opportunity to discuss and ask questions about higher education and the university experience.

As a result of the program, students will show improvements in:

  • understanding the importance of organised self-directed study in senior years as an essential pathway to higher education
  • implementing their own effective strategies for time management
  • exam preparation, specifically for English and Mathematics
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Thinking Ahead

This is a two-phase workshop introducing criteria that will need to be addressed when applying for university scholarships and alternative entry pathways.

Session 1:
Introduces students to general information about how scholarships work and the types that are commonly available. Students will undertake activities that help them to identify and articulate the leadership skills and qualities developed through involvement in extracurricular activities. They will also be encouraged to brainstorm and plan ways they can get further engaged in extracurricular activities specific to their school and/or community, as this will benefit their personal development and strengthen future applications.

Session 2:
Students recap plans from prior session and undertake writing exercises that look at sample scholarship application answers and support students to effectively articulate their own experiences in writing. The session will also generally introduce the E12 Early Offer Program scholarship application. It is highlighted that one of the 3 questions for E12 is around extracurricular activities, in order to demonstrate the application of this writing practice in the real world.

Each session is one hour and it is intended that the same group of students attend both sessions. Schools will be asked to book in for both dates are the beginning of the program.

As a result of this workshop, students will show improvements in:

  • identifying the types of scholarships available to them
  • outlining typical scholarship criteria, particularly noting the importance of extracurricular activities
  • making connections between extracurricular activities and the development of leadership skills and qualities
  • articulating personal qualities in the most appropriate format to address criteria
  • motivation and confidence in scholarship application and university admission.
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Promote yourself

A scaffolded scholarship application-writing workshop for Year 12 students to practice writing persuasively and effectively about themselves and specifically addresses questions in the University of Sydney’s E12 Early Offer and Cadigal Alternative Entry applications.

As a result of the program, students will show improvements in:

  • understanding the work required in accessing information and applying for scholarships
  • identifying scholarship criteria within the E12 Early Offer Program and Cadigal Alternative Entry Pathway applications
  • processing constructive criticism, advice and feedback on their writing ability
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