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School Engagement

We offer a wide range of engagement options, including presentations and opportunities tailored just for high school students designed to raise tertiary aspirations.

Enrich your students’ learning with our workshops and curriculum-centred activities to directly engage and inspire your students during normal school hours.

These are hosted either on school grounds, or can be arrange on one of three.


School programs

Become Future Ready: Head Start

Recommended time: 30 mins

Age: Year 10 - 12

The Head Start program provides school students the opportunity to complete university courses while still at school.

This presentation covers everything you need to know about Head Start including:

  • What is Head Start
  • Benefits of Head Start
  • Eligibility and entry requirements
  • The Program from application to graduation
  • About USQ.

Recommended time: 30 mins

Ages: Year 11 - 12

The Become University Ready presentation covers the pathways options available at USQ for school-leavers and non-school leavers. This presentation outlines the different ways that prospective students can gain entry into USQ, whatever their circumstance or stage of life.

The pathways outlined are:

Recommended time: 30 mins

Ages: Year 11 - 12

USQ offers a suite of scholarships available for high school students. This presentation outlines these scholarships along with some tips and tricks to writing applications (where this applies).

Topics include:

  • Future Community Leaders
  • Academic Merit Scholarships
  • Other Scholarships
  • Kick-Start Bursaries
  • Equity Scholarships
  • USQ Elite Athlete Program
  • Industry-Based Scholarships
  • How to writing a Personal Statement
  • Application Checklist
  • Uses/Benefits of a USQ Scholarship

Recommended time: 30 mins

Age: Year 10 - 12

This presentation provides a brief overview of all things USQ. This presentation does not go into great depth about any particular subject but covers topics including:

  • Scholarships
  • Pathways into USQ
  • About USQ
  • Support services
  • USQ degrees and courses
  • Industry experience
  • Facilities
  • Scholarships
  • Early Offer Guarantee

Age: Grades 7–9

USQ Discovery Days offer school students opportunities to explore the variety of pathways available to them at university.

Grades 7 - 9 school students are invited to USQ Campuses to discover all that USQ has to offer, through student ambassador-led taster sessions. 

For more information or to register for USQ Discovery Days please visit our event page. 

Age: Grades 10 - 12

USQ Experience Days offer school students opportunities to explore the variety of pathways available to them at university.

Grades 10 - 12 school students are invited to USQ Campuses to discover all that USQ has to offer, through academic led experience sessions. 

For further information please fill out the Expression of Interest Form for your school to attend these experience days in 2022. Registrations will open soon, please visit our event page for more information.   

"The Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP) provides funding to universities listed in Table A of the Higher Education Support Act 2003 to implement strategies that improve access to undergraduate courses for people from regional and remote Australia, low socio-economic status (SES) backgrounds, and Indigenous persons. HEPPP also helps to improve the retention and completion rates of those students.

The key objective of the HEPPP is to promote equality of opportunity in higher education by improving:

  • outreach to widen aspiration and promote higher education to persons from a low SES background, persons from regional areas and remote areas, and Indigenous persons; and
  • the extent to which persons from a low SES background, persons from regional areas and remote areas, and Indigenous persons access, participate, remain and succeed in higher education, and obtain higher education awards.”
    (Australian Government, Department of Educations, Skills and Employment)

USQ’s key eligibility criteria for HEPPP programs include schools with a < 1000 ICSEA score, low socio-economic areas, rural and regional locations, and cohorts with Indigenous students. The programs USQ offer are as below. Please do not hesitate to contact us at futurestudents@usq.edu.au if you want to find out more.

Discovery Experience Program

The Discovery Experience provides a positive Higher Education experience to high school students through a rotation of engaging workshop-style sessions. The sessions are interactive, hands-on and aligned to an array of study areas (Nursing, Surveying, Law, etc). A Discovery Experience event is conducted on-site (at your school) by USQ as a half or full-day event.

Academic Skills Program

The Academic Skills (aka ASK) program is for senior high school students (years 10-12) and combines workshops with online modules to develop academic skills supporting students’ completion of high school and the transition into Higher Education. During workshops, students are led through online modules focusing on a single academic skill that has been identified as a barrier to academic success. The program has flexible delivery options and can be facilitated as a single-day event or multiple week series.

Primary Careers Program

The Primary Careers program consists of highly interactive hands-on STEM-oriented workshops which widen aspirations and improve career awareness of primary school students (years 4-6). The STEM-Workshops range from 1-3 hours, depending on the workshop, and partner with local community organizations.

If you are planning a Careers Expo, we can help. Our experienced staff and student ambassadors (current USQ students) can attend your event to answer questions and chat about options with students, teachers and parents.

A Careers Expo is an ideal follow-up to a USQ school presentation, giving students a chance to ask detailed questions and receive advice tailored to their specific needs.