Partnerships and Programs

Western Sydney University aims to increase educational opportunities, aspirations and achievements, particularly in Greater Western Sydney. By working in collaboration with the school sector, the University can help to address the sector's needs, priorities and interests, leading to better outcomes for students.

The Schools Engagement Strategic Plan PDF, 80.05 KB (opens in a new window) and Schools Engagement Action Plan () PDF, 88.83 KB (opens in a new window) reflect the outcomes of extensive consultations with the school sector. Western Sydney University has a Schools Engagement Reference Group of sector representatives to provide ongoing advice and assistance as the plans are implemented.

Some key partnerships include:

  • Nirimba
  • yourtutor Partnership

A selection of programs developed by Western Sydney University or those we are participating in, include:

The School of Education runs many professional development workshops and opportunities throughout the year and is involved in a wide range of collaborative programs with schools.



Western Sydney University is a member of the Nirimba Education Precinct,(opens in a new window) along with Terra Sancta College, Wyndham College and TAFE Nirimba College.

Environmental Education Programs

Longneck Lagoon partnership - Bandicoots, Bugs and Bush

This two-day enrichment program at the Western Sydney University Hawkesbury campus is run with the Longneck Lagoon Environmental Education Centre. It is based around conservation and management of the Cumberland Plain. Stage 5 science students are given a scenario and learn fieldwork and analysis techniques to explore and come to conclusions about the scenario. For more information contact Longneck Lagoon

Brewongle partnership - River Ecology

River ecology programs have been developed with the Brewongle Environmental Education Centre. Students collect samples from the water and shoreline and examine them to assess the health of the river. For more information contact Brewongle

Other programs

Fast Forward

Fast Forward is running in over 60 schools with approximately 3500 students participating in the program. It builds the aspirations and confidence of young people at risk of dropping out of school, and has been very successful to date. Students join the program in year 9 and we continue working with them through to year 12.

For more information contact Jim Micsko at

yourtutor partnership

Western Sydney University is sponsoring the online tutoring service yourtutor at Blacktown, Camden, Campbelltown, Fairfield, Parramatta and Wollondilly libraries, doubling the number of sessions available to school students through each library.