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December 2005 Issue
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New partnership helps students learn for life


The University of Adelaide and The Smith Family have joined together to help give students from disadvantaged backgrounds better opportunities to pursue a tertiary education.

The University will contribute $90,500 to The Smith Family's Learning for Life program across three years. The funds will be directed specifically towards the personal and educational support component program for students in the western and north-western suburbs of Adelaide who would otherwise face financial barriers to study.

Learning for Life provides disadvantaged students with financial and personal support to help keep them in the education system, increasing their chances of breaking out of the cycle of disadvantage.

University of Adelaide Vice-Chancellor Professor James McWha said the University sees this community partnership with The Smith Family as a perfect alignment of two organisations that understand the importance of education in shaping people's destinies.

"The Smith Family's Learning for Life program dovetails with the objectives of the University of Adelaide's Fairway Scheme, designed to increase chances of university entry for students from regional areas and also schools that are traditionally under-represented at university level," he said.

In addition, the University will encourage students in The Smith Family's Learning for Life program to attend specifically designed "Aim for Adelaide" events, to familiarise students with university life. These events will include campus tours, academic talks, careers advice and tours of accommodation facilities.

"The aim of this partnership is not only to improve the educational outcomes and aspirations of these students and ultimately to increase their participation in tertiary education, but also to enhance the University's interaction with the broader community in a tangible way," Professor McWha said.

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