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Aspire UC Schools Outreach Program

Aspire UC is the flagship outreach initiative of the University of Canberra. Aspire UC supports the educational aspirations of high school students, targeting those that are traditionally less likely to participate in higher education. Working with selected NSW schools Aspire UC offers teachers, Careers Advisers, school leaders, families and communities opportunities to learn and grow alongside their young people.

The program offers age-appropriate, aspiration and achievement building activities for different year levels. Aspire UC empowers Year 9 and 10 students as they enter their senior years and begin considering options for their future. These students have the opportunity to participate in both in-school sessions and on-campus experiences.

Aspire UC consists of two components.

In-School Activities
The in-school component introduces students to a range of options and benefits associated with higher education, without having to leave their school. Outreach Officers deliver a range of interactive activities across a range of themes. These are linked to the Australian curriculum and are designed with the needs of the students in mind.

Activities may focus on any of the following topics:

  • Identification of strengths and attributes
  • Goal setting
  • Future career pathways
  • Exploration of barriers and strategies to overcome these
  • Relevant study skills
  • Differences between high school and university.

On-Campus Activities
Campus experiences, such as UC 4 Yourself, provide students with the unique opportunity to explore a university campus. Students participate in a number of hands-on sessions whilst engaging with current students and support and academic staff. All schools participating in the Aspire UC Program are invited to participate in a UC Campus Experience, complementing the delivery of in-school activities.

Aspire UC is going online!

Widening Participation is very excited to offer an engaging range of online modules to our partner schools to continue breaking down barriers to higher education.

UC Outreach Officers will facilitate the delivery of the modules within classrooms in 2017.

The "Raising Aspirations" modules, which include videos, interactive activities and quizzes, can be undertaken independently, or in a classroom setting, and shared with parents who will then have better understanding of higher education and be better placed to support their children.

Current options include:

  • “Who am I?”: Students will be required to reflect on personal significance and personal achievements, which will help them affirm their interests and unique qualities.
  • “What do I want?”: Students are invited to think about possible career pathways and identify their life goals, as well as barriers to their success and suggest strategies to overcome them.
  • “How do I get there?”: Students will be able to build awareness and aspirations towards tertiary education through fun activities about study options and study support services.

This resource is funded by the Commonwealth Department of Education’s Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP)

The "Raising Aspirations" Online Modules are offered free of charge.

The Aspire UC Program aims to assist students and their families to better understand the university environment by offering information and advice on post- school pathways and options and how to overcome barriers.

Check out our Resources page for further information.