Bridges to Higher Education

Bridges to Higher Education

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Macquarie University is part of an exciting initiative called Bridges to Higher Education which brings together four Sydney Basin Universities (Macquarie University, Sydney University, Western Sydney University and the Australian Catholic University) as well as a range of other partners to improve participation rates of students from communities under-represented in higher education. This initiative is funded by a Federal Government grant through the Government's Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP). 

Objectives of Bridges to Higher Education

  1. Improve academic outcomes for students
  2. Raise educational aspiration and engagement
  3. Build teacher and community capacity
  4. Increase capacity to access higher education

The Make Your Mark website is one key tool developed by the Bridges to Higher Education team in an effort to widen participation in further education. It provides information and introduces useful resources to people considering higher education, with the aim of raising their awareness of, and building aspirations towards tertiary study. 

2015 milestones

In 2015, the Bridges to Higher Education project team, including representatives from Macquarie University organised the following events to raise aspirations of schools students, as well as building partnerships and informing parents and communities of higher education support services.

In 2015, the Bridges to Higher Education project team, including representatives from Macquarie University organised the following events to raise aspirations of schools students, as well as building partnerships and informing parents and communities of higher education support services.

Metro Conferences - Aug 11 & 12

Big History Rochelle Cox

Twenty schools participated over two days of the Metro Conference, held at Penrith Panthers, with year 10 students taking part in a range of interactive workshops designed to get students thinking about their post school options. Macquarie University ran three workshops a number of times over the days including:

Watch the video of the day to see what a great day was had by all attendees.

Participating Schools

Blacktown Girls High School

Glenmore Park High School           

Camden High School

Hawkesbury High School

Canterbury Boys High School

Holroyd High School

Chester Hill High School

Liverpool Boys High School

Chifley College Bidwill Campus

Liverpool Girls High School

Chifley College Dunheved Campus

Mitchell High School

Chifley College Shalvey Campus

Moorebank High School

Condell Park High School

Riverstone High School

Cranebrook High School

Rooty Hill High School

Fairfield High School

Sir Joseph Banks High School

Far North Coast Event Series - Sept 2, 3 & 4

Grafton school day Kyogle school day

This event involved accredited teacher professional learning and a parent/community information session in Lismore, as well as two school workshops days held in Kyogle and Grafton respectively targeted at Year 10/11 students. Macquarie University hosted the parent information session which included a presentation from our Centre for Emotional Health's Study Without Stress Program and information focusing on support services and scholarships, delivered by members of the Macquarie University LEAP team. 

Participating Schools
Kyogle High School              Grafton High School
Nimbin High School South Grafton High School

Dubbo/Forbes Event Series - Oct 13, 14, 15 & 16

With one day of workshops at Forbes High School and four days at Dubbo Secondary College Senior Campus, this intensive focused on Year 11 students beginning their HSC coursework. This intensive also included an open parent and community information session held at Dubbo RSL, along with an Indigenous community yarn held at the the Yarradamarra Centre at Dubbo TAFE. Macquarie University ran three workshops: 

Participating Schools
Forbes High School                                  Dubbo Secondary College Senior Campus

Meriumbula/Bega Event Series - Oct 21 & 22

Bega robotics 

The last of the scheduled intensives for 2015, this event was held at the Sapphire Coast Turf Club and hosted six schools from the Sapphire Coast area for two days of workshops targeting Years 5 - 8. This included a day of subject-based workshops followed by a day of aspiration based activities. There was also a parent and community information session run after the first day of workshops where parents spoke to university representatives, including Macquarie University, about their child's future options.

  • Luan and Sarah Heimlich from the Department of Engineering ran the highly popular Macquarie University Robotics workshop four times during the first day of activities
Participating Schools
Bega High School Mumbulla School
Eden Public School Sapphire Coast Anglican College
Lumen Christi Catholic College Wolumla Public School
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