Initiative: Bridges to Higher Education—funded through the Higher Education Participation Programme

More than 73,000 students, over 3000 teachers and close to 9000 parents have benefited from the Bridges to Higher Education initiative which has received more than $21.2 million in funding from the Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Programme (HEPP).

Bridges to Higher Education is designed to improve the higher education participation and outcomes for students from low socio-economic (low SES) backgrounds. It is delivered through a partnership between the University of Western Sydney, the University of Sydney, Macquarie University, the Australian Catholic University and the University of Technology Sydney.

Bridges to Higher Education encompasses 96 projects including student mentoring initiatives, summer schools, tutoring and preparatory programmes, virtual academic lectures, a TV series, and community engagement programmes. The results from the Bridges to Higher Education initiative were positive:

  • 91 per cent of students who participated reported better study skills

  • 87 per cent of students reported having greater awareness of higher education and career pathways

  • 92 per cent of students felt better prepared for university

  • 91 percent of students from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds felt improved motivation to complete high school

  • 97 per cent of teachers felt better supported to engage students in learning

  • 94 per cent of parents and carers reported better capacity to support their child’s higher education goals.

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