New scholarships on offer as UWS reforms alternative entry program

Date: 11/03/2002

UWS Vice-Chancellor, Professor Janice Reid announced today some important changes to the alternative entry program for school leavers seeking admission to the University of Western Sydney in 2003 and beyond.

Firstly, UWS is developing a new mix of generous scholarship schemes for high school leavers in the Greater Western Sydney region. About half of these scholarships will be targeted to educationally disadvantaged school leavers. Scholarship holders will be provided with mentoring support to ensure a smooth transition to university and support in their studies. The remaining scholarships will be offered to school leavers who have performed exceptionally well in their academic and co-curricular activities.

Secondly, the alternative entry program, Compacts, will cease to exist for the 2004 student intake. The scheme will be available in a modified form for 2003 admissions only. This means that current Year 12 students can gain a university place on the strength of a prepared work portfolio providing their UAI score is within five points of the published entry requirement, and not ten points which previously has been the case under the Compacts scheme.

UWS will maintain the Regional Entry Test (RET) as a major alternative entry pathway open to all eligible school leavers. RET is a nationally recognised general literacy, numeracy and reasoning skills test which provides an alternative pathway to university for talented aspiring students.

Professor Janice Reid says the new alternative entry scheme strikes a sound balance between the equity needs of Western Sydney and the need to better manage the increased demand for first year university places.

"It is no longer feasible for UWS to run several uncapped alternative entry schemes at the same time if we are to provide avenues to University to the most able students in our region," Professor Janice Reid says.

"The quality and quantity of students choosing UWS programs are increasing every year. As we mature and grow, we need to make sure that we better target talented youth in the Greater Western Sydney region."

UWS has written to all regional school principals and TAFEs alerting them to the changes and calling on them to immediately inform careers advisers and prospective students.

UWS will continue to run its special admission programs for mature age students and Indigenous students.


For more media information:

Dr Lesley Lynch
Director, Planning & Quality
Ph: (02) 4620 3303

Professor Nigel Bond
Pro Vice Chancellor, Academic Programs
Ph: (02) 4620 3302