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Phase three, Building on Bridges, builds on the success of past Bridges to Higher Education projects in NSW such as the Parents Project, Indigenous programs and regional activities that focus on the benefits of higher education rather than the benefits of attending any one particular institution.

We achieved the following objectives with events such as a Sydney Metro Conference and three rural intensives in 2015:

  • Improved student academic preparedness and outcomes
  • Increased student awareness of higher education
  • Increased student confidence and motivation towards higher education and their ability to access it
  • Increased school and community capacity

Metro Conference - 11 and 12 August 2015

A two day (repeated) conference for 800 year 10 students from approximately 30 targeted LSES schools in the Greater Western Sydney region. 12 of 13 universities in NSW/ACT facilitated age appropriate and curriculum focused workshops.

Northern Rivers Intensive - 2 to 4 September 2015

Three day Rural Intensive: 

  • 2 September - Teacher professional development workshop conducted in Lismore for all surrounding DEC schools 
  • 2 September - Parent information evening 
  • 3 September - Student workshops conducted for year 10 and 11 students at Kyogle HS
  • 4 September - Student workshops conducted for year 10 and 11 students at Grafton HS

Dubbo/Forbes Intensive - 12 to 16 October 2015 

Five day HSC Academic Enrichment Intensive Program:

  • 12 October – 16 October 2015 HSC Enrichment at Dubbo Senior College and Forbes High School
  • 13 October – Parent and Community Information Session
  • 15 October – Indigenous Parent and Community Information Session

Bega Intensive - 19 to 23 October 2015

Two Day Student Conference Rural Intensive Program:

  • 21 to 22 October – Karalu Racecourse, Bega
  • 21 October – Teacher Professional Development, Pambula
  • 21 October – Conference Day 1, Educational Enrichment, Karalu
  • 21 October – Parent and Community Information Session, Karalu
  • 22 October – Conference Day 2, Aspirations Workshops, Karalu

Make Your Mark - Education is for Everyone

Make Your Mark – Education is for Everyone

In April 2014 the Bridges to Higher Education and the Universities Admissions Centre (NSW & ACT) officially launched the Make Your Mark website at a ceremony at Merrylands High School.

Make Your Mark launch event

The website has been developed to provide a launch pad to further education information and knowledge for people from under-represented communities, providing an online bridge to the range of resources already available for making life and further education choices and decisions.

For further information, visit the Make Your Mark website.

Indigenous Models of Achievement

Indigenous Models of Achievement

Bridges to Higher Education, in partnership with Television Sydney (TVS), have developed a three part documentary series, Indigenous Models of Achievement, sees nine students and graduates from around Australia describe their amazing journeys to not only improve their lives, but the lives of those around them.

Each episode focuses on a career path – education, science and medicine and the arts – and features everyday people who have become role models to their own communities.

To meet them, visit the Make Your Mark website.

TVS Series: Models of Achievement

TVS Series: Models of Achievement

On Thursday 6 March 2013, Bridges to Higher Education and TVS launched a new TV documentary series, Models of Achievement, showcasing Australians from Greater Western Sydney (GWS) who have changed their lives through higher education. The series was launched with the recording of an introductory episode of the series, taking the format of a Q&A panel where the Models of Achievement participants talked about their inspirational life stories, hosted by Annette Shun Wah.

Models of Achievement premiered on TVS Digital 44 on Tuesday 11 June 2013, 7:30 pm.

For more information, please visit the Models of Achievement website to preview the participants' stories.


TVS Series: Enquiring Minds

TVS Series: Enquiring Minds

On Tuesday, 26 March 2013 Enquiring Minds premièred on Television Sydney (TVS) Digital 44.

Enquiring Minds, is an inspirational series that aims to help children in primary school turn their passion into a career through higher education.

The 11-part Enquiring Minds series sees young students explain what their interests are – animals, robots, computer games – and links them with an academic in the field who explains how to turn that hobby into a career.

The series features a range of interesting topics that will awaken children's curiosity and broaden their knowledge. Experts will welcome and share their experiences with the viewers as they embark on a little adventure in each episode. The series is complimented with curriculum linked teacher lesson plans and resources, an online game and a website that maps the path through university to reach all the exciting careers!

Partners Advisory Group Chair appointed

Partners Advisory Group Chair appointed

One of Australia's leading advocates for youth and social change, Jan Owen AM is the new Chair of the Bridges to Higher Education Partners Advisory Group.

Jan Owen was welcomed by the Partners Advisory Group members and other senior stakeholders on Tuesday 26 February 2013 at a reception hosted by the University of Sydney.

Official Launch

Official Launch

Bridges to Higher Education was officially launched by Senator the Hon. Christopher Evans, Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research on Thursday 2 August 2012.

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