The Academy


The Academy gives academic high-achievers an added edge – in your study and with employers. It’s free to join. Offers you the challenges and intellectual rigour you crave. Focuses on community engagement, and personal and professional development. Prepares you to be a leader of tomorrow.

The Academy is completely unique to Western. We can enrich your learning experience. Uncover your passions. Show you how to become an engaged and informed citizen. And give you access to real-world experience.

Hear from students and academics about The Academy.

Professional mentorship with leading brands

Official education partner to Semi Permanent

Semi Permanent is proud to be partnering with Western Sydney University to present the inaugural Academy Mentor Program.

The program connects 20 students from The Academy with 20 mentors from the creative and business community, to prepare the next generation of thought-leaders for success in their professional careers.

Learn directly from creative leaders, like Google, ABC, Revolver, 72 & Sunny and Caon Studio. Gain access to international speakers. Get an insider’s perspective from entrepreneurs and business luminaries.

Semi Permanent and Western Sydney University have established a Mentorship Program that connects Academy Students with leaders from across Creative and Business communities. Share the journey with Glen Parry and Semi Permanent Founder Murray Bell.

Newscorp and the Go West Mentorship Program

As a member of The Academy, you can apply for one of just 25 places in our exclusive Go West Mentorship program – a Newscorp initiative to benefit people in Western Sydney.

  • Be invited to the spectacular Go West Gala dinner to rub shoulders with Australia’s Prime Minister and the Premier of NSW.
  • Meet with up to two of Australia’s most influential leaders, matched to your field of study.
  • Attend two workshopping lunches where leading CEOs share stories about their paths to success.
  • Get professional support and advice on interview techniques and how to write a winning CV.
  • Be given up to four weeks’ hands-on work experience at industry-leading companies.

The Academy Courses

Be apart of the elite alumni who have graduated from one of our Academy courses. Bachelor of Applied Leadership and Critical Thinking can be added to your advanced degree to gain the competitive advantage.
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"Through The Academy travel opportunities, events, and Citizen Scholar Award, I have grown personally and professionally and met many amazing people."

— Naomi Kroll. Bachelor of Business and Commerce / Bachelor of Applied Leadership and Critical Thinking.

"Being chosen for The Academy means opportunities to participate in workshops and exposure to leadership opportunities. The Academy members are such a great group of people."

— Tori Hall, Bachelor of Health Science/Master of Physiotherapy

Networking events

Enhance your professional network through special events and functions.


Learn the skills you need to gain an edge with employers.

Exclusive study and social spaces

Enjoy specially designed spaces, available only to students of The Academy.

Got questions?

Contact our Course Information Centre on 1300 897 669, click the Live Chat icon at the top of the page or email