Inspiring (and real) role models

Our programs are run by current university students who come from a variety of pathways and have similar backgrounds to students from our partner schools.

Practical, hands-on learning

Interactive activities engage students and allow them to discover for themselves that tertiary study is an option.

Strong curriculum connections

Our programs cover a variety of curriculum-connected activities that showcase different study and career outcomes.

Careers guidance and pathways mapping

Our careers team has services and resources to suit students at every stage of their career development journey.

Access programs and scholarships

Information about alternative entry pathways and financial support is embedded in all of our programs.

Partnerships with schools, families and communities

We work collaboratively with families, schools and communities, and are led by their knowledge and expertise.

Our programs

Workshops and events

On-campus or in-school experiences for your students.

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Explore Uni

A whole day, on-campus program delivered by our Explore Uni team.

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Second chance learners

Our adult learner social inclusion program aims to encourage, inform and assist learners who:

  • haven't completed Year 12
  • completed high school a long time ago or in another country.

We collaborate on this with Griffith University and TAFE Queensland to deliver workshops and support to students who need help to pursue their chosen career path.  Our initiatives see us work with both the general public and targeted groups, including those who speak English as an additional language.

We deliver a range of initiatives including:

  • job seeker and resume workshops
  • career planning
  • advice about pathways to study.

We also offer a number of $600 Adult Learner Encouragement Bursaries and QUT Encouragement Scholarships for fee payment to students at partnering institutions.

QUT Encouragement Scholarships

The scholarships are available to TAFE Caboolture Adult Tertiary Preparation students experiencing financial hardship. Recipients must pay for the first unit of their study, and up to 8 subsequent units will be paid for by the scholarship.

For more information, contact TAFE Queensland Caboolture.

Adult Learner Encouragement Bursaries

These $600 bursaries are available to people who enrol in the Certificate IV in Adult Tertiary Preparation at TAFE Queensland Southbank campus or Coorparoo Centre for Continuing Secondary Education. QUT provides the bursaries to low-income students to assist with education expenses and encourage them to complete their studies and go on to further study at TAFE or university.

Applications are now open, and close on 25 September 2020.

How we got here

QUT has a long-standing commitment to widening participation.

We are also the lead institution for the Queensland Statewide Consortium, a collaboration of eight public universities and the Department of Education to undertake a range of widening participation activities.

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Student stories

Our programs are led by QUT students with similar backgrounds to students from our partner schools.

Many of them participated in our programs as school students and have been inspired by that experience to become student ambassadors themselves.

Read their stories

Pasifika students

We deliver a range of culturally appropriate initiatives aimed at enhancing Pasifika school students' educational outcomes and higher education aspirations.

Learn about our projects and initiatives


For schools

Career Conversations

These resources are intended to complement Explore Uni on-campus days but can be used independently. They provide a framework for conversations with students exploring the concept of work, its relevance to individuals and communities and the place of universities and other educational institutions.

For parents

Empower your child for a great future

Five key areas in which you can help and guide your child as they consider their future career and their options after school.

MyFuture quick guide

A guide to getting started with career research in


Our in-school and on-campus programs are currently postponed due to COVID-19. However, we are working on online and alternative formats to ensure that students are still able to access a variety of content during this time.

In the interim, our team has collated resources from a variety of sources to help you continue to explore careers and pathways, and to assist with learning from home.

Explore the resources


20 Jul 2020

Designer for a day

In the ‘Designer for a Day’ program, developed by QUT Precincts and QUT alumnus Leighann Ness Wilson, students explore a variety of careers in design and put their problem-solving skills to the test.

20 Jul 2020

Partnering to support Learning for Life

QUT has an ongoing strategic partnership with The Smith Family, and a common commitment to improving the educational outcomes of young Australians from low-income backgrounds. 

20 Jul 2020

Art meets science at STEAM Experience Days

Each year, QUT Precincts and the Science and Engineering Faculty’s Widening Participation team join together to deliver a STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art and Maths) experience day for high school students.

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