Steve Waugh, Waleed Aly and Jessica Watson announced for Open Day

Open Day advertising artwork 

An all-star line up of inspirational Australians will take centre stage at a new and reimagined Open Day at the University of Western Sydney, being held at the University's Parramatta campus on Sunday 30 August.

2015 Open Day will offer prospective students and members of the community a chance to hear TED-style talks from industry leaders, participate in interactive displays, enjoy entertainment from current students, and receive one-on-one course and careers advice and learn more about campus life.

Sharing their incredible life stories will be cricketing legend Steve Waugh AO, award-winning broadcaster Waleed Aly, sailing heroine Jessica Watson, polar explorers Justin Jones and James Castrission and local girl and star of Australian Idol Paulini, who will inspire prospective students to unlock their unlimited potential in a series of talks and question and answer sessions. The talks will be hosted by Professor James Arvanitakis, Head of The Academy at the University.

Glenn Gore, Head of Technology at Amazon Web Services will also inspire visitors to consider a career in technology through high energy interactive demonstrations of how the cloud-based voice recognition device Amazon Echo works and can help with studies.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Barney Glover says this year's Open Day will be thoroughly interactive, and will provide the first opportunity for visitors to see the University's new positioning and identity – Western Sydney University – in action.

"Western Sydney University is about providing unlimited opportunities for our students and acknowledging our deep commitment to the Western Sydney region – one of the most important and most dynamic areas in the country," says Professor Glover.

"As one of the world's top 100 universities under the age of 50 and situated in the top two per cent of universities internationally, we are redefining what it means to be a modern university.

"We look forward to welcoming as many people as possible to our Parramatta campus on August 30 and showcasing everything we have to offer – innovative teaching and research that is unlocking the potential of Australia's future leaders, as well as our strong partnerships with business and the broader community."

Prospective students can try their hand at a series of 'Uni in Action' interactive sessions that will showcase some of the amazing work current students have produced. They will also be able to play games with Baxter, the human-sized robot; get behind the camera in a photography shoot; experience a virtual reality fly-through demonstration with Wonderama; learn how a plaster cast is applied; join a science magic show; and participate in a mock-trial with UWS law students.

Parents and mature students with younger children will be well catered for, with a petting zoo with farm animals, face painting, and a balloon artist. Nearby, parents can also find out about on-campus childcare services and the University's unique First Foot Forward program, designed to give primary school children a head start in discovering subjects that really interest them.

Prospective students and their families who wish to attend are encouraged to book one of 80 spaces for each of the Boilerhouse Speaker Sessions by visiting the Open Day website, where they can also register to attend the event.

WHAT: University of Western Sydney Open Day
WHEN: Sunday 30 August 2015
WHERE: UWS Parramatta campus, corner of James Ruse Drive and Victoria Road, Rydalmere
TIME: 10am until 2pm

About the 'Uni in Action' sessions

Communication Arts

Experience the various facets of Communication Arts, bringing together communication, design, music, media production, journalism, public relations and advertising. Check out our talented music students, experience the Outside Broadcast van, view graduate works and participate in a photography shoot.

Engineering, Information & Communications Technology

Experience a sneak preview into the technology innovations that our students are working on. In our MakerSpace, marvel at our solar car before it prepares to enter the World Solar Challenge, meet our human-sized robot, Baxter, who can challenge you to a game of Connect Four, see 3D printing in action and experience a virtual reality fly-through demonstration with Wonderama.


The Law in action – participate in our mock trials. 


Find out about courses and let our students demonstrate the technique used to apply a plaster cast to a broken limb. Will your arm be the one that we plaster?

Nursing & Midwifery

Join us on a guided tour of our Nursing and Midwifery Laboratories, participate in interactive displays in our state-of-the art facilities and speak with academics and students. Every 30 minutes, 10:30am – 12:30pm and 1:00pm – 2:00pm.

Sciences, Health & Sports Sciences

Inspire your curiosity with live scientific experiments hosted by our students and staff. A hands-on experience with reptiles will bring out the inquisitive biologist in you. Also check out the Science Magic show at 11.00am and 1.00pm and step inside an ambulance with Paramedicine students.

About the University

The University of Western Sydney (UWS) is a vibrant, modern university, located in one of the fastest growing regions in Australia – Greater Western Sydney, which is home to over 2 million people. UWS has over 40,000 students and 3,000 staff across nine campuses. The University of Western Sydney has been named one of the world's best 100 universities under the age of 50, ranking 56th in the influential Times Higher Education rankings. The 100 Under 50 list is a complement to the annual Times Higher Education World University rankings, where UWS was named in the top two per cent of the world's best universities in October 2014. Seventy per cent of the University's research in the last Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessment was named as "world standard" or above. Further information about the University's awards and recognition can be found here. The University is also distinctive in that over 60 per cent of its commencing domestic students are the first in their family to attend university, and 75 per cent of domestic students are from Western Sydney.


24 August 2015

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