Widening Participation Unit
LEAP - Rural Students University Experience
The LEAP - Rural Students University Experience program brings over 40 students and their teachers from eight rural/remote NSW schools to Sydney annually to spend a day on the Macquarie University North Ryde campus. The aim is to "demystify" university by familiarising students with the learning environment that university offers. In 2015, the day involved interactive and informative sessions which included history, science and psychology workshops, and a hip-hop dance class.
These activities were broken up with a campus tour as well as visits to both Dunmore Lang and Robert Menzies colleges, via the new University Avenue pathway, where students experienced dorm life and heard from current students about support options.
This experience has been running successfully since 2010 and is funded under the Australian Government's Higher Education Participation Program (HEPP). The annual four day visit is in partnership with the Country Education Foundation of Australia (CEFA) and includes a day on another university campus (University of Technology, Sydney 2010 - 2014 and the Australian Catholic University 2015).
The 2015 event saw another successful day on campus with over 60 students and teachers experiencing 'a day in the life' at Macquarie University.
The participating schools include;
- Balranald Central School,
- Bombala High School,
- Boorowa Central School,
- Coonamble High School,
- Moree Secondary College,
- Murrumburrah High School,
- Ungarie Central School and
- West Wyalong High School.
|Program for 2015 Rural Students University Experience|
|9.15am – 10am|
Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony
|10am – 10.45am|
Faculty Activity 1 – all students
Australian History Museum NSW curriculum-aligned activity
|10.45am – 11am||Morning Tea|
|11.15am – 12.15pm|
Faculty Activity 2 – choice of one out of two activities:
Option 1: Psychology – Memory workshop
Option 2: Interactive Science Show
Option 3: Indigenous activity with Warawara staff
|12.30 – 1.45pm|
Lunch and tour of Dunmore Lang College
|1.45pm – 2pm||Campus tour|
|2 – 3pm||Tour of Sport and Aquatic Centre followed by Dance workshop|
|3pm||Students explore Macquarie Centre supervised by accompanying school staff|
|5.20 – 6.30pm||Dinner and tour of Robert Menzies College|
Macquarie has opened the eyes and minds of hundreds of rural students through its continued support of the Foundation.
Country Education Foundation of Australia CEO Sarah Taylor
"The difference it makes to these kids is incredible," she said. "For many it's the turning point and a realisation there are opportunities out there they either hadn't considered, or hadn't considered possible. On behalf of the kids, their teachers, parents, schools and communities I wish to thank the staff and students of Macquarie for making this possible."
Schools Engagement Team
T: +61 2 9850 7324