After significant success in Newcastle, the first series of 'Discover University Days' was rolled out at the University's Central Coast campus.

Aspirational program launched on the Central Coast

16 June 2014

After significant success in Newcastle, the first series of 'Discover University Days' was rolled out at the University's Central Coast campus.

Over 400 Central Coast year six students and their family members had a hands-on university experience last week with the rollout out of an innovative aspiration building program. 

The University of Newcastle's 'Discover University Days' target primary school students and family members who may have had limited exposure to university. 

After significant success in Newcastle, the first series of 'Discover University Days' was rolled out at the University's Central Coast campus. 

Planting the seed of possibility and starting conversations about higher education at young ages is vital said Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Andrew Parfitt. 

"For many of these students, and some of their family members, this will be their first university experience. Our Discover University Days are designed to show that university is an exciting and interesting place, but most importantly to convey the message that university is for everybody." 

The day included a campus tour in the form of a fun 'scamper', interactive sessions created and delivered by current university students that are based on an interesting element of their degree, and a science show. 

"Current university students play a vital role in the Discover University Day experience, serving as accessible role models and sources of inspiration. The days spark important education and career conversations between family members and their students, and in many cases family members are inspired to reconsider their own their education options," said Professor Parfitt. 

Initial feedback from students, parents and teachers that attended the Central Coast Discover Uni Days has already been extremely positive. There was also an increase of participation from local schools who previously had to travel to Callaghan campus to be involved in the program.

The Discover University Days are offered through the University's AIM High program, which connected with over 5,000 low socio-economic status primary and high school students in the Central Coast, Hunter and Mid-north Coast in 2013, providing hands-on higher education experiences in partnership with schools and their communities.