DIG-in:  Academic support for DIGs graduates

This program will support Diploma of General Studies (DIGS) students transitioning from Dookie campus to the University of Melbourne Parkville campus.  The program will provide a series of academic support activities in the area of genetics, learning and video packages tailored to give students experiential learning, problem solving skills and media rich learning tools.

Indigenous Pathways Co-ordinator

This program will support the employment of a local Indigenous representatives to work initially with the Greater Shepparton Indigenous community to identify 25-35 Indigenous students who would benefit from attending a secondary school camp.  The Indigenous representative would also network with the local community to promote the University of Melbourne’s Diploma of General Studies (DIGs) program and also act as a mentor to students.

Year 9 University Experience Camp

This program will offer 70+ students from year 9 in Greater Shepparton secondary schools a school camp experience that provides careers information around agriculture, agribusiness and environmental sectors.  It will also provide links between study and employment, and opportunities for personal development and work-ready skills.  The aim is to increase school retention rates and increase success at school.

Biomedicine Meets Art

The project will introduce 60+ Year 10/11 students from low SES schools to the University and will encourage studies in Biomedical Sciences. The program is a collaboration between the Gene Technology Access Centre (GTAC) and builds on the 2015 program.  Students will be mentored by current Honours/postgraduate students and will include:  examining samples using microscopes, visiting Harry Brookes Allen Museum of Anatomy and Pathology and participating in student competitions.

All Access Global Mobility

This program will encourage low SES students to undertake an overseas experience.  The funding will support a student awareness campaign and communications strategy, development of digital toolkit for students and staff, including a build in self-reflective and story capture tool for participating students to assist with student engagement and message dissemination.   The program will collaborate with Faculties and Murrup Barak to reach undergraduate students.

Indigenous Secondary School Academic Acceleration Program

The program will support 4 grants of $10,000 each to four Queensland schools allowing the schools to engage an academic tutor who will work intensively with year 11 and 12 Indigenous students who are on a pathway to University.  The aim is to accelerate rates of learning in maths, science and English for Indigenous secondary school students preparing for year 12 exams.  The program aims to assist students in securing scores to access University and to also acquire a higher level of academic preparedness.

Enhancing Career Prospects for Low SES students

A program for current University of Melbourne 2nd year Bachelor of Science students who applied under Access Melbourne and who are in the early stages of career preparation.  The program will support a minimum of 28 students in applying for internships.   The program will provide intensive one-on-one support for students.  Once an internship is secured, students will receive further support with staff available to answer workplace questions.  Post placement workshops will also be delivered.

Science Delivery

Science Delivery will enable current University of Melbourne science students from all backgrounds, including low SES, to participate and present interactive science activities and workshops to students from low SES secondary schools.  Science Delivery will present at both regional and metropolitan low SES schools to inspire, interact and increase awareness of the possibilities of studying science and maths.  The program will visit 4 low SES regional high schools in a 5 day roadshow.  The estimated reach will be 600 students.

Making it Reel:  An Introduction to Screen Based Story Telling in a Digital World

The program designed to be a staged series of practical film and theatre workshops delivered by alumni from both VCA theatre and film schools and aimed at engaging low SES high school students. Workshops will be delivered that will highlight potential career opportunities.  Three workshops will be delivered, the first 2 will be delivered at the school and the third and final one-day workshop will be held at the VCA Southbank Campus.  The aim of the program is to increase access to further education and to provide equitable and inclusive experience to build a more diverse student community.

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