Working together for a brighter future
Aspire UWA works with more than 70 partner schools and communities in regional Western Australia and Perth to raise aspirations for tertiary education. We encourage students who would not normally consider university to see the benefits and opportunities that university study offers.
We work closely with Western Australian high school students to inspire and educate them about the benefits and opportunities of university study.
Our partner schools value their unique relationship with Aspire UWA, and activities are tailored to each school, and each year group accordingly. Younger students enjoy active exploration of different disciplinary areas, while the reality of studying at university is reinforced for older students through explanation of pathways, support services and networks, academic revision workshops, and exposure to some of WA's best and brightest minds.
Our University partners, the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences and the School of Indigenous Studies, provide specialist support to complement our engagement strategy, and staff and students from all across the University contribute to our success.
More than 80,000 students, teachers and families have been engaged in our campus, school and community-based activities since the program began in 2009.
- We would like to thank the following supporters of the Aspire UWA program:
- Alcoa Foundation
Our Student Ambassadors are able to closely relate to high school students and share recent experiences of the journey from high school to university. In some cases, the Ambassadors know the high school students, which creates an even greater opportunity to forge relationships and openly discuss the challenges and benefits associated with attending university.
By providing a role model, Ambassadors help students see that they too can aspire to tertiary education. Become an Aspire UWA Student Ambassador and show high school students that uni is for everyone.
How to become a Student Ambassador
- Have an interest in helping high school students aspire to university
- Be able to contribute to events and activities throughout their year (no minimum commitment required)
- Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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