All divisions of the University of Newcastle (UON) are actively involved with improving equity and accessibility in higher education. Below is a snapshot of projects in this field that have been carried out across numerous divisions, faculties and centres of UON.
In conjunction to these projects, more tailored support is offered to Indigenous students through the Wollotuka Institute and the English Language and Foundation Studies Centre provides enabling programs for alternate entry students.
The AIM HIGH program within the Centre of Excellence for Equity in Higher Education at the University of Newcastle seeks to challenge social exclusion by supporting positive change through education. The project is focused on supporting educational aspiration, attainment and access for students and families from low SES backgrounds.
The AIM HIGH program works with 17 targeted low SES high schools and their partner primary schools to support early and direct intervention with young people and their families to increase their knowledge and understanding of their post school options.
A range of tertiary education experiences developed with the community are offered throughout the primary and secondary learning stages, delivered both on campus and in schools.
Contact Kirrily Anderson for more information.
Children's University Newcastle
Children’s University Newcastle is being implemented by the University of Newcastle (UON) and allows students from across the region to take part in extra-curricular activities and have this learning validated.
The program is designed to develop confidence and aspiration in children outside school hours.
Children’s University Newcastle encourages children aged between 7-14 and their families to access a variety of extra learning opportunities at local learning destination providers.
Each participating student receives a Passport that is stamped to validate their learning. When a certain number of hours have been reached, students are invited to a formal graduation ceremony to celebrate their achievements.
UON is one of only three universities offering this program in Australia.
Children’s University Newcastle is a member of Children’s University Australia.
Contact Selina Darney for more information.
The Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program is a university readiness program that includes training for university tutors to help prepare students for success in high school and beyond through skill building, intensive support and developing strong relationships during one hour sessions held weekly over 30 weeks of the school year.
AVID is supported by the University of Newcastle in collaboration with Victoria University and has been implemented by eight schools on the Central Coast with over 600 students participating in the program.
Contact Lauren Hines for more information.
Facilitated by the Family Action Centre, Uni4You was established in 2013 to provide extensive support to adults underrepresented in the university population to help them complete the University of Newcastle's enabling program Open Foundation.
Uni4You uses the extensive outreach experience of the Family Action Centre to support adults who have never identified tertiary study as an option or have previously attempted but not succeeded due to socio-environmental factors from the Raymond Terrace, Cessnock, Northlakes and Mayfield communities.
Contact Vicki James for more information.
The Deadly Streaming program run through the Family Action Centre aims to enhance Indigenous children's academic performance and school attendance in urban communities by providing a family focused and culturally grounded mentoring and family support service during the later primary school years (5&6) and through a program designed to build peer support and cultural identity in the early high school transition years (7&8).
The program developed from the success of the former Deadly Dads project that enhanced the father's connection to culture, community and family as well as encouraging the children's sense of culture and community through school based activities.
Deadly Streaming is currently being carried out at two schools located in Raymond Terrace and is HEPPP funded until the end of 2014.
Contact Craig Hammond for more information.
ACADEMIC SURVIVAL SKILLS ONLINE
Academic Survival Skills Online was introduced by the English Language and Foundation Studies Centre (ELFSC) in early 2014 as an online course for commencing undergraduate and enabling students. It is designed to introduce students to studying at University and to important academic skills and became available nationally as the ELFSC's first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) in February 2015.
Students can access the course as many times as necessary to complete the nine modules that cover a range of topics, from tips on how to take lecture notes to essay writing and referencing. A UONPrep course in Chemistry is also being produced for release in July 2015.
Contact Evonne Irwin for more information.