Widening participation

We have long-standing outreach, admissions and support programs for under-represented groups, with a particular emphasis on low- SES , rural and Indigenous students. We are dedicated to increasing enrolments from students who may not feel that they have the opportunity to study at university.

Activities guide

Our activities guide includes information on all of our in-school and on-campus activities for partner schools in 2016.

Explore Uni

Each year, we have opportunities for Year 6-12 students to visit us, or we can organise to visit schools.

Our Explore Uni program aims to encourage interest in university study by:

  • increasing an understanding of what's involved in university
  • supporting engagement in learning
  • encouraging emerging aspirations.

All of the activities in this program are either free or heavily subsidised and are only available to selected schools in North Brisbane and Sunshine Coast South areas.

Contact Explore Uni for more information.

QUT and Moreton Bay Schools Maori and Pacific Islander Community Engagement Project

Moreton Bay has a large and rapidly growing Pasifika community (encompassing Maori and Pacific Island peoples), which faces financial, cultural and language barriers to education, and is under-represented in higher education. Students from Pasifika backgrounds may lack tertiary education role models and the relevant information to assist them to access tertiary education.

To address this, QUT has partnered with selected Moreton Bay secondary schools with high numbers of Pacific Island students, and the local Pasifika community. In 2013 and 2014, with the help of a QUT Engagement Innovation Grant we delivered a range of culturally appropriate initiatives aimed at enhancing Pasifika school students' educational outcomes and higher education aspirations.

Key aspects of the program will continue in 2015 and 2016 with funding from the Higher Education Participation Program (HEPP) under QUT's broader widening participation agenda.

Our objectives for this project include:

  • a greater awareness of higher education pathways, study options and financial assistance for Pasifika school students
  • a greater understanding of the role of families and the value of higher education in the Pasifika community
  • more effective engagement with Pasifika students from secondary schools
  • an enhanced understanding of Pasifika cultural perspectives and educational needs among preservice teachers, academics and professional staff at QUT to enhance retention and success once at university.

If you would like more information about this program contact Equity Services.

Support for Pacific Island and New Zealand students

Many New Zealand citizens, including Pacific Islanders who came to Australia as New Zealand citizens and arrived in Australia after 2001, cannot access Centrelink study support or Commonwealth Scholarships, and must pay their tuition fees upfront as a result of changes to the Trans-Tasman Travel Agreement. As a significant number of these students are from low socio-economic backgrounds, financial hardship can pose a challenge.

However, if you're a New Zealand citizen with a special category visa, from 1 January 2016 you may be able to apply for a HELP loan if you meet the eligibility requirements.

Check StudyAssist for more information about HELP loans for eligible New Zealand students.

Support materials

We've prepared materials to help students and parents plan ahead for tertiary study. These include information about our Equity Scholarships and an OP bonus scheme, which New Zealand students can apply for.

If you would like a copy of either brochure, email Explore Uni.

Student with Potential awards

Each year students in years 10-12 from QUT WP Partner Schools receive Student with Potential awards. The awards program aims to provide encouragement and support to those senior students who, for whatever reason, are performing below their full potential at present. It is hoped that by acknowledging these students' potential, they may be encouraged and inspired to think more broadly and more positively about post-school study, and to take their current studies more seriously.

The program also engages the students with potential in a range of additional activities (campus events, targeted correspondence and school visits) as well as further engaging participating schools in other widening participation projects. This also serves to strengthen the partnerships between QUT and participating schools under QUT's widening participation agenda.

The award consists of a certificate, signed by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), and a $100 Westfield gift voucher. Each award recipient and their family are also invited to a celebratory luncheon held at QUT. This activity allows QUT to acknowledge the recipients further, to offer them an opportunity to see a university campus, provide assistance with QTAC applications and talk to university students and staff about their post-school options.

Contact Explore Uni for more information.

Widening Participation (WP) Careers Services

As part of QUT's widening participation activities we provide career development services for schools and communities in the Caboolture region. These activities are part of a federal government initiative aimed at increasing participation in education.

For schools: students, parents and teachers

  • Career development workshops and information for students from years 6 to 12.
  • Professional development for teachers and resources for in-school career development.
  • Careers counselling for students
  • Online careers hub at Project U

For more information and to find out how your school can get involved, contact the Careers team on (07) 5316 7400 or email yourfuture@qut.edu.au

For communities

QUT offers free, impartial and confidential career information to people from the Moreton Bay region considering any sort of future study - TAFE or university.

Make an appointment to see our qualified careers counsellors at two locations:

To make an appointment call 5316 7400 or email yourfuture@qut.edu.au

We also have a range of online resources about bridging programs, pathways, costs and events for all Queensland universities. To find out more about the latest careers activities visit the Bridge to Study career hub

Adult learner social inclusion project

Our adult learner social inclusion project, Bridge to Study, aims to encourage, inform and assist learners who:

  • haven't completed Year 12
  • completed high school a long time ago.

We are collaborating on this project with Griffith University.

Background to our widening participation program

For schools and partner organisations, these documents provide a rationale for our widening participation program, and an overview of the program, including key milestones to date.

QUT is also the lead institution for the Queensland Statewide Consortium, which is a collaboration of Queensland's eight public universities and the Department of Education to undertake a range of widening participation activities.

The MOU (memorandum of understanding) outlines these activities, which are funded by the Higher Education Participation and Partnership Program competitive grant of $21 million.

In 2013, the Queensland Consortium presented at the European Access Network's (EAN) World Congress on access to post-secondary education in Canada. As part of the presentation, we distributed information on a range of projects and partners.

Contacts

Equity Services

Gardens Point

  • Phone: 3138 2699
  • Level 5, Y Block, Room 509
    Gardens Point

Kelvin Grove

  • Phone: 3138 5601
  • Level 3, C Block, Room C301
    Kelvin Grove

Caboolture

  • Phone: 3138 5601
  • Level 1, J Block
    Caboolture

  • By appointment.