Connecting with Western

Support programs for schools and families.

Half Day Campus Visit

Designed to spark the imagination of students and have them see themselves at uni, our Half Day Campus Visit comprises of a welcome presentation to the opportunities at Western, a campus tour and your choice of one or two hands-on workshops for students to engage with our academics and facilities.

  • Music
  • Forensic Science
  • Health Science
  • Medical Science
  • Sustainability
  • Creative Industries
  • Coding
  • Languages (Spanish)
  • Natural Science
  • Design
  • Nursing
  • Business
  • Computing, Engineering, Mathematics
  • Creative Industries
  • Law
  • Science
  • Health
  • Social Science
  • Medicine

MakerSpace to make your mark

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 fabrication 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.

Teacher Professional Development

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.

Reaching for the stars with WSU Observatories

Did you know Western has two active Observatories located at our Penrith and Campbelltown campuses? Come and see what we do and how we’re playing a part in space exploration with one of our Observatory Excursions or Holiday Workshops.

Observatories

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.

Hire WSU Facilities

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.

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.

Contact Schools Engagement