Community engagement and service learning

Higher education should be transformational, not just about obtaining a qualification at the end, valuable as that is. It should be about opening hearts and minds, developing a deeper understanding of self and the larger world. One of the strengths of The Academy is its focus on experiences that challenge students to question taken for granted assumptions. Through learning to connect theoretical learning in the classroom to experiences in the world, students develop their skills including critical thinking, teamwork and civic participation.

The Academy has a wide range of partnerships with local community organisations and opportunities include:

  • Community-based service learning internships and projects (either for academic credit via the Internship & Community Engagement unit or for experience) that provide relevant opportunities to put skills into practice both locally and internationally
  • The Reading Ambassador Program
  • Opportunities to volunteer both through University programs, event based volunteering on and off campus and with our community partners

The Academy Citizen Scholar Award

A Citizen Scholar is an individual who aspires to both scholarship and being an active engaged citizen. The Academy Citizen Scholar Award provides opportunities for students to develop these attributes through community engagement. 

Western Sydney U Reading Ambassador Program

The Western Sydney U Reading Ambassador Program (RAP) is a literacy and mentoring program that runs in local primary schools. Undergraduate students in any discipline are eligible to apply and they do not have to be a member of the Academy.

Students volunteer one hour per week to read with children who need additional assistance with literacy.
RAP runs in school terms 2 and 3. Students must attend an orientation and have a Working with Children check prior to commencing the Program.

Information for Community Partners

The Academy seeks to build mutually beneficial partnerships with community organisations, including primary schools and not for profit organisations across Sydney. By building partnerships, the Academy and community organisations can work together to achieve common goals by sharing and leveraging their strengths, knowledge and resources to benefit both the Academy and the community.

The Academy works closely with community partners to develop service learning based projects that is both relevant and meaningful to the community and enhances academic learning for our students.

For more information please contact us via theacademy@westernsydney.edu.au.