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Widening Participation Programs

Aspirations Agents and the Widening Participation team

Aspirations Agents

Students enjoying the ESTeM stall, whilst visiting the UC campus

Students visiting UC campus

Mount Austin High School Students, ACT Indigenous Success University Experience Camp

ACT-IS students reaching for the stars

Junee High School students enjoying their University Experience Day

High Schools Students enjoying their University Experience Day

Eden Marine High School students and Widening Participation celebrating NAIDOC Week

WP at NAIDOC celebrations

Ready to provide the VIP experience at UC Open Day

Open Day VIP experience

The cohort of school staff who participated in the Stronger Smarter Leadership Program

Stronger Smarter leadership group

Country Education Foundation of Australia - University Experience Camp


The University of Canberra (UC) is committed to student equity in higher education, providing opportunities to people from a range of backgrounds. Within Student Administration & Planning, the Widening Participation Team manages delivery of several UC outreach initiatives. These are externally funded through the Australian Government's Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Programme.

Since 2010, UC's Outreach Initiatives have supported raising aspirations, achievement and participation of secondary students from low socio-economic and Indigenous backgrounds. These programs aim to break down barriers to accessing and succeeding in higher education.

The Widening Participation Team, including current UC students, works with participating secondary schools across the ACT and NSW. Within these schools we aim to engage students who have:

  • a rural and/or regional background;
  • an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander background;
  • a history of financial disadvantage; and/or
  • little or no family experience of higher education.

UC's Outreach Initiatives involve delivery of targeted activities, both within the school and onsite at the UC campus. In doing so, we aim to encourage post-school educational opportunities among participating students. Students who commence their studies at UC are further supported by Student Engagement to help them to thrive at university.

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