University roadshows reach out to Manning students

Macquarie University recently visited the Manning to bring its LEAP (Learning, Education, Aspiration, Participation) roadshow to St Clare’s High School, Taree.

The roadshow aims to demonstrate the possibilities available within tertiary education and actively support students who are traditionally under-represented in tertiary studies. 

Funded by the Commonwealth Government’s Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP), the roadshow makes available various representatives from the University including Pro Vice Chancellor (Programs and Pathways), Professor Sean Brawley and Professor Mark Williams from the Department of Cognitive Science.

The team of professors, in addition to other representatives, hosted daytime sessions for St Clare’s students. These included teacher consultations and mini sessions from a select few disciplines such as economics and cognitive science, clinical science, chiropractic, and ancient history/archaeology. After-hours parent and community forums were also provided.

St Clare’s students, their families and teachers also had the opportunity to explore what study options are on offer at the University as well as additional opportunities, such as overseas exchanges.

The University’s Office of Indigenous Strategy was also represented on the day with discussions about student scholarships, accommodation and indigenous support options.

The Country University Roadshow also visited St Clare’s on the same day.

Students attended an hour-long presentation from a number of university’s including University of New England (UNE), Southern Cross University, Charles Sturt University and The University of Newcastle. Each university provided the Year 12 students with information about each institution as well as a snapshot of what university life looks like.

“This is an excellent initiative as it gives our students the opportunity to find out what is involved in university life,” said Karen McCann, Careers/VET Advisor at St Clare’s.

“For regional students it is very difficult and expensive to attend information days especially if they are held in the city. I would like to thank Macquarie University for providing this opportunity to our students.

“I would also like to thank Newcastle University, Charles Sturt University, UNE and Southern Cross University for also giving our students valuable post-school pathways information.”

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