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Lecturers from Australian Catholic University (ACU) Strathfield Campus presented a two-day HSC Enrichment Program the recent school holidays. The HSC Enrichment Program aims to help high school students from lower socio-economic areas achieve better results in the HSC. 

The HSC Enrichment Program targets students from the western suburbs of Sydney. Research by ACU Economics Lecturer Dr Sarah Wright has shown students from lower socio-economic areas, such as Sydney’s western suburbs, are less likely to attend university. 

The program to help lower socio-economic areas began at ACU in 2008, with Economics Lecturers Dr Tony Stokes and Dr Wright providing a special HSC economics revision session during the school holidays for approximately 50 students. 

The current HSC Enrichment Program has grown into a two-day event and includes lectures on literature by Associate Professor Michael Griffith and Dr Kate Livett and lectures on ancient history by Dr Kay Carroll and Dr Jennifer Carpenter on the first day. The second day features Dr Tony Stokes and Dr Sarah Wright presenting on economics and Dr Alison Gates presenting to the geography students. 

Organised in conjunction with the ACU University Experience Program, this year’s HSC Enrichment Program was attended by over 500 Year 12 students. 

For students who were unable to attend, and for those who live in regional and remote areas, some of the lectures are now available on podcast, which affords them the same opportunity to share in the knowledge and expertise of ACU staff.