The University of Newcastle, Australia

Campus Visit for students in Out-of-home-care

Monday, 22 August 2016

An on-campus experience is being held at the University of Newcastle's (UON) Central Coast campus on September 20 for young people currently in out-of-home-care (OOHC).

Students walking over a bridge on campus

Students in Year 10, 11 and 12 will be able to experience first-hand what university is like through a campus tour and will receive information about pathways into university.

With a focus around sport and fitness, participants will also explore the Exercise and Sport Science facilities and take part in activities such as plaster casting and food science "super-tasting".

The campus visit is part of the Live, Learn, Grow program being piloted by UON this year that aims to support students with a care experience to access and succeed at university.

Live, Learn, Grow Project Lead, Louise Rak, said the days were crucial for young people to see and believe that university is a possibility for them.

"Young people coming on campus helps to demystify some of the unseen barriers and feedback from our last campus visit indicated participants felt more comfortable being on campus and could begin to picture themselves going to university," Louise said.

"We decided to run this second visit at the Ourimbah campus to increase accessibility and showcase the different degrees and facilities on offer. Young people living on the Central Coast might not want to travel to Newcastle to study, so this is an opportunity for them to explore their options," she added.

The Central Coast campus visit is being held Tuesday September 20 from 9.00am to 3.30pm. Please contact Emily.Fuller@newcastle.edu.au for more information.


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