New website to help students make their mark on Western Sydney

Monday, 07 April 2014

A new website is set to open up a whole new world of opportunity to students in Western Sydney who may never have considered higher education before, Senator for Western Sydney, the Hon. Marise Payne, said today. 

Senator Payne helped to officially launch the Make Your Mark site – a joint initiative between the Bridges to Higher Education Consortium and Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) NSW and ACT – at a ceremony at Merrylands High School today.

“The Make Your Mark site is an excellent resource for all students, particularly students who do not come from a background of further education, or who haven’t considered university or TAFE before,” Senator Payne said.

“These groups include people from disadvantaged communities and mature-aged people looking for a career-change.

“The site contains important information on study options and course outlines, the admissions process, funding arrangements and every-day campus life, giving potential students a big-picture view of the higher education experience.

“Make Your Mark also offers information for parents, elders, school communities and other role models and influencers of students who provide advice, motivation and a sounding-board for new ideas.”

The Bridges to Higher Education Consortium is a partnership of five major universities – the University of Western Sydney (UWS), University of Sydney, University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Macquarie University and Australian Catholic University (ACU). The partnership is funded by the Federal Government’s Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPP).

“Initiatives like the Make Your Mark website will be invaluable in finding the next generation of skilled professionals and tradesmen that we need to grow the Western Sydney economy,” Senator Payne said.

“I would like to thank the Bridges to Higher Learning consortium and their partners the UAC and the Merrylands High School community for launching this wonderful initiative in such fine style today.”

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