Support and reassurance for Year 12 students approaching their HSC is the focus of a sector-first, COVID-19 adjustment point scheme announced today by The University of Newcastle.

In recognition of the extraordinary challenges faced during their COVID-19 disrupted HSC year, the University of Newcastle will provide five adjustment points to school leaver students. The points will be applied automatically via UAC (Universities Admission Centre) to all degrees except Medicine.

University of Newcastle Vice-Chancellor, Professor Alex Zelinsky said that as a University deeply embedded in its region, it had heard loud and clear the challenges Year 12 students were facing and had looked to ways to help reduce HSC exam stress and anxiety.

“What we’ve heard from schools is that Year 12 students are absolutely feeling the pressure and have found this year exceedingly challenging. We want to reassure young people and their families that they will be okay,” said Professor Zelinsky.

Professor Zelinsky said the University was deeply committed to helping families and young people minimise upheaval resulting from COVID-19.

“Knowing that the pandemic has been a huge distraction for students undertaking their HSC year, we didn’t want COVID-19 to be the reason someone isn’t able to achieve their goal of a University education and the life-long opportunities it can provide,” said Professor Zelinsky.

“We’ll be providing them with the support to start their studies but we’ll also be here to provide all of the other support along the way – it’s what the University of Newcastle is well known for – so that every student with the drive and with the skill can experience that very proud moment of receiving their degree at graduation.”

In addition to COVID-19 adjustment points, the University of Newcastle has offered support for Year 12 Students in a range of creative ways, including a sector-first tutoring initiative, which saw its Masters of Teaching students deliver one-on-one tutoring support for more than 300 HSC students.

Professor Zelinsky said the University of Newcastle would continue to focus on ensuring Year 12 Students did not fall through the cracks.

“We’ll continue to work with schools to understand ways we can help to ensure COVID-19 does not become a complication that results in young people giving up on their university aspirations,” said Professor Zelinsky.

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