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Working with schools

The Schools Engagement team offers a range of services for high school career counsellors, year coordinators, VET coordinators, TAFE advisors or others who provide advice about university study.

Our current projects

School Presentations and Visits

The USQ Schools Engagement team conducts regular visits to schools throughout western Brisbane, Fraser Coast and Darling Downs/SW Queensland to encourage, promote and inform students about the benefit of higher education study.

Schools Outreach and Indigenous Engagement in Queensland Schools

USQ was successful, together with nine other Queensland universities, in securing $21 million in funding under Round 1 of the Higher Education Participation and Partnership Program (HEPPP), Partnership Competitive Grant Scheme. Under this joint funding arrangement, USQ will receive $3.4m over three years to undertake two major projects focused on Schools Outreach and Indigenous Engagement. These projects include the expansion and enhancement of existing schools outreach programs and new initiatives such as the Smart Steps pilot in Fraser Coast aimed at Year 5s.

Dream, Aspire, Reach and Experience (DARE) Indigenous Secondary School Mentoring Program

The DARE program has been designed to help Indigenous students overcome difficulties associated with participating in higher education.  Involving students from Years 9-12, DARE focuses on low socioeconomic status (LES) within the catchment areas of the University's Fraser Coast and Toowoomba campuses.

Head Start

The Head Start program provides an opportunity for high achieving Year 11 and 12 students who have the capability, maturity and motivation, to study a USQ course prior to finishing high school.

Smart Steps: Jobs to Go project (Fraser Coast)

This pilot project seeks to encourage students in years 5 to 7 located in the University’s Fraser Coast catchment to start thinking about what they want to do with their lives by introducing concepts of: what is a job; what jobs exist; why should I want a job; and how do I go about getting the qualifications for the job I want. By raising awareness of post-school education pathways the program hopes to increase the take-up of tertiary education by people in low socio-economic regions.