Television program encourages children to consider university as part of their future
On Enquiring Minds, primary school student Kurtis meets UWS student Ben Dessen
Academics and students from the University of Western Sydney feature in the new Enquiring Minds television series, which aims to ignite in primary school children a curiosity and deep passion for learning.
Dr Glenn Porter with Ben and Enquiring Minds presenter Sacha
Throughout the series, 21 primary school students are matched with inspirational university students and professionals in their fields of interest.
- Ben Dessen, a Bachelor of Natural Science (Animal Science) student from UWS, who features in the show as a mentor for Kurtis, a primary school student with a passion for animals. Ben shows Kurtis his collection of reptiles and native animals; teaches him how to feed a python; and tells him about his time living in the jungles of Borneo where he has worked to save endangered orang-utans.
- Dr Sandra Diamond, a Marine Biologist and lecturer in the UWS School of Science and Health, who Ben Dessen describes as a major influence in his career as an animal researcher and campaigner.
- Dr Glenn Porter, a lecturer in the UWS School of Science and Health who formerly worked as a Forensic Photographer for the Australian Federal Police. Dr Porter gives Ben, a primary school student with aspirations to become a crime scene detective, a tour of the Crime Scene Investigation Training and Research Facility at UWS, and shows his how to collect evidence at a crime scene.
- Dr Michael Kennedy, from the UWS School of Social Sciences and Psychology, is Head of the Bachelor of Policing degree. Dr Kennedy formerly worked as a Detective with the NSW Police – he features in an expert about becoming a Police Officer.
- Professor Steven Freeland, from the UWS School of Law, teaches university students about international and human rights law, as well as aspects of space law. He features in an episode about the field of human rights.
- Holly Kaye-Smith, a UWS PhD student, lecturer and film-maker, who has also worked as a freelance graphic designer. She features as a presenter in Enquiring Minds, as well as a mentor for a primary school student, Ocean, who has dreams of becoming a photographer.
27 March 2013
The Bridges to Higher Education project brings together the collective resources and experience of the widening participation, equity and social inclusion programs at the University of Western Sydney, The University of Sydney, the University of Technology, Sydney, Macquarie University, and the Australian Catholic University. The partnership extends to include NSW DEC, TAFE NSW, the University Admissions Centre, local government organisations, education offices, indigenous organisations and other community, philanthropic and social enterprise organisations.