What is uni really like? High school students get the inside info at UWS Day

UWS Day at Campbelltown

Students from Macarthur Anglican School at UWS Day

The University of Western Sydney's Campbelltown campus was taken over by high school students this week, as they attended a full day of information sessions and fun university activities.

On Tuesday 5th June 2012, more than 1,600 years 11 and 12 students from 56 schools across Greater Western Sydney and beyond visited the campus for 'UWS Day'.

The first event on the 'UWS Day' schedule was a morning information session, where current UWS students shared stories about what it is really like to study at university and how they made the transition from high school. 

As many of the visiting students would already be thinking about whether university is right for them, the aim of this session is to provide candid, relevant information about higher education that will assist students in making this important decision about their future.

Following a free BBQ lunch, the high school students then attended two interactive workshops where UWS academics provided more detailed information about specific areas of study, courses and careers.

UWS Day at Campbelltown

Wafa Kazal from East Hills Girls Technology High School, inside the Moot Court at UWS Day

There were more than 40 workshops to choose from, including:

  • The Future of the Information Age and Virtual Reality
  • The Law in Action
  • Bugs, Beasts and Biomolecules
  • A Day in the Life of a Forensic Psychologist
  • Is Planning in Your Future?
  • Social Work: You Can Make a Difference

The aim of 'UWS Day' is to demystify the process of university study and give high school students the chance to explore their future career opportunities and discover how higher education can get them there.

In addition to meeting current UWS staff and students, attending lectures, and participating in interactive workshops, high school students can access detailed information about scholarships, Indigenous education, student support services, international study opportunities and the admission process.


6 June 2012

Photos: Sally Tsoutas

Contact: Danielle Roddick, Senior Media Officer