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

Due to COVID-19, we are currently offering virtual experiences only. 
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

Due to COVID-19, we are currently offering virtual presentations only. 
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.

Temporarily on hold due to COVID-19

We are guided by Australian Government and health authority advice. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all on-campus and face-to-face events have been cancelled for the foreseeable future. We will bring you updates on University School Engagement activities as they become available.

Programs on hold

Academics and professionals from across the University's faculties and courses are available to speak to high school students throughout Greater Western Sydney. Free of charge, the program gives teachers the opportunity to extend and enhance their student's learning and educational aspirations, and encourage them to seek out higher learning.

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.

Primary school presentations are available for music, forensic science, health science, medical science, sustainability, creative industries, coding, languages (Spanish), natural science, and design.

High school presentations are available for nursing, business, computing, engineering and mathematics, creative industries, law, science, health, social science, and medicine.

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.

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.

During the rapidly evolving coronavirus situation, the health, safety and wellbeing of our students and staff is our priority. The University School Engagement activities remain in planning stages and we aim to bring you updates on the new options as they become available.

If you are a Careers Adviser or Teacher looking to provide a presentation or information about Western to your students, please contact us at westernengagement@westernsydney.edu.au and one of our team will be in touch with you to discuss options.

If you are a prospective student you can contact us for any questions about how to apply or enrol, course advice, or any general questions about university that you might have. Call us on 1300 897 669 or email study@westernsydney.edu.au.

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