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Students Benefit from UniMe Program


During the winter break Warrane staff and residents launched UniMe; a new program to help students bridge the gap between high school and university.

Over the course of a week students from Years 10 and 11 had the opportunity to live on campus, attend introductory lectures, and listen to presentations by senior students on the various tertiary career options, particularly those offered at UNSW.

“I haven’t thought much about what I’ll do when I finish high school, UniMe really helped me to start thinking about the options” said Year 11 student Elwyn Stannard, from Canberra.

The program included visits to the UNSW Design Labs, iCinema, the Museum of Human Disease, the Redback Racing team ‘pit’ and the UNSW AstroDome as well as tours of brand new facilities such as the Lowy Cancer Research Centre and the Tyree Energy Technologies Building. The latter is still under construction, and the site tour gave the student a rare opportunity to look behind the scenes of a large scale research facility.

“University is like school on steroids” said Year 10 student Mike Zambrano, from Cherrybrook. Mike said he was interested in studying engineering.

The students also toured off-campus venues including ABC studios and NSW Parliament House.

“The aim of the program is basically to give students a chance to get a feel for university life before the pressure of the HSC sets in” said program director and Assistant Dean of Warrane, Dr. Phillip Elias.

“We hope to run the program on a yearly basis from now on and to give more students this opportunity.”