“I wasn’t an A-grade student at school, but I was lucky in that I had teachers who believed in me and my abilities. And I always had a go; for me it was more important to do my best than anything else.”

Michael Kirk - Bachelor of Education

"The Oorala Centre has kept me going when I doubted my ability or why I even was at Uni. My only advice is if you have a dream and desire let nothing get in your way of achieving it!"

Emma McKenzie - Bachelor of Nursing

"My goal for what I want to achieve with my degree is helping those who are disadvantaged in rural communities."

Kerby Siemsen - Bachelor of Medicine Joint Medical Program (JMP)

“The team are always friendly and supportive. I really enjoy the TRACKS programs and 100% recommend it to anyone who wants to enrol for a university degree.”

Balie McCormack - TRACKS

Other Student Stories in the Media

Ancient DNA feature big in Dawn Lewis’ future plans: Hard work, dedication and humble achievement has been the hallmark of Woolwonga woman and University of New England student Dawn Lewis’ accomplishments to date. ( 20 April 2020)

A passion for learning at the heart of first-in-family’s success: Kamilaroi man James Dries took the plunge and enrolled in his first degree, a Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science, at the University of New England. “I was the first in my family to attend university, but once I learned how study and university processes worked, I realised I had a knack for learning. I graduated with a distinction last year.” (12 December 2019)

Indigenous scholarship winner explores study options overseas: Anaiwan woman Grace Gillard is exploring postgraduate study options in the United States of America and the United Kingdom on an Indigenous Scholars International Study Tour scholarship from the Aurora Education Foundation. (Nov 2019)

Peer support smooths the way for TRACKS students: While Dawn Lewis is a high-achieving student her experience at university has not always been smooth sailing.  She admits to being a bit thrown when Program Coordinator and TRACKS Tertiary Preparation Program Academic, Kate Carter, approached her to be a mentor in the program. (24 July 2019)

Opportunity to make a difference: UNE criminology graduate, Kaitlyn Sawtell, always knew that one day she wanted to be in a position where she could make a difference. (7 May 2019)