Connecting with Western

As a proud member of our local community, Western is committed to engaging and inspiring primary and high school students to see higher education within their reach. Find out more about our ongoing engagement activities and ways to connect with the University.

Western at your Careers Event

Book a Western student or graduate to talk one on one about what it is like to live, learn and thrive at Western. Let our students inspire yours with a discussion about the opportunities that await them.

Year 10, 11 and 12 Presentations

With a series of presentations tailored for Years 10, 11, and 12, you can inspire your students to see the benefit and opportunity that awaits them in higher education. Hear from current and former Western students and learn about scholarships, early entry, The Academy leadership program, alternative pathways to uni, campus life, the range of inspiring courses we offer and so much more.

Vice-Chancellor's Principals' Forums

Vice-Chancellor Barney Glover will be hosting a series of Principal forums to engage with the Principals of Schools from the Greater Western Sydney region to discuss matters that impact them most. Five forums will be held face-to-face and catered across a range of Western Sydney University venues from May through October. 

  • Thursday 30 June | 8.30am - 10am | Playhouse, Kingswood campus
  • Tuesday 9 August | 8.30am -10am | Parramatta City campus
  • Wednesday 7 September | 8.30am - 10am | Liverpool campus

Western Programs

Below is a list of many of the programs that Western Sydney University provides schools and students. Ranging from in School visits, 3D printing facilities, venue hire or sporting facilities, there is something on offer at Western for you.

Programs

 

Operated out of our Paramatta South and Kingswood campuses, MakerSpace is an ideas hub where you can bring your ideas to life. Offered by the School of Computing, Engineering & Mathematics, MakerSpace provides equipment, advice and expertise to make your idea a reality. With a 3D Printing Hub and Fab Lab offering 3D printing services in Photopolymer and Fused Deposition Machines, as well as woodwork and metalwork shops, laser cutting, CNC routers and fabricaton equipment, our MakerSpace is set to inspire and fuel your imagination. Staff familiar and trained in the equipment are available to offer advice and assistance your project.

At Western we know the power of education to change lives. We also know learning never stops. With our Education Knowledge Network we offer a wide range of professional learning opportunities designed to bring educational leaders, educators and teachers together to network, learn, and share their wisdom and experience. Learning opportunities are available across our network of campuses as well as online.

As part of the School of Computing, Engineering & Mathematics, our Penrith Observatory is operated by a dedicated team of volunteer staff and students that are part of the Astrophysical eScience Laboratory (AeSciL). Here members conduct a series of programs open to schools and the public including astronomy nights and workshops designed to enhance understanding and inspire learning in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) via astronomy and space science.

A visit to the Penrith Observatory can include fascinating talks on various aspects of Astronomy given by some of Australia’s most eminent and internationally recognised astronomers, physicists, and engineers. In addition to the talks, we offer a 3D film on astronomy and viewing of the day or night sky through the observatory’s various telescopes including the main 0.6 m telescope (weather permitting). 

Used for space research, our Campbelltown Observatory is the home of the Australian Optical SETI Project. The only dedicated optical SETI project in the Southern Hemisphere, the project is an ongoing search for extra-terrestrial life in the universe. It is searching for nanosecond laser pulses from outer space using very sensitive and sophisticated equipment. In December of 2008, it picked up a mysterious pulsed laser lookalike signal from the depths of outer space. When not looking for signs of life in the universe, the observatory is also used for Advanced Engineering student projects. Several times a year the observatory runs astronomy nights open to the public with the Macarthur Astronomical Society.

Western Sydney University offers over 400 different spaces including function centres, meeting rooms, lecture theatres and classrooms that can be booked. Contact our Venues team if you are interested in hiring University venues or facilities for your school event. For more information, see Western venues.

 

Schools can hire sporting facilities on the University's campuses and gain access to sports programs specifically designed for school groups. Facilities include swimming pools, ovals, an indoor sports hall, athletics track and gym. Schools in Western Sydney are eligible for a discount rate on facilities hire. For more information, see Western Sydney University gym.

Contact Schools Engagement