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Saturday, 16th November, 2013

Television Sydney’s Peter Mullins and Rachel Bentley with Mayor Wincen Cuy as they film for the Bridges to Higher Education DVD. PICTURE: Darrin Manuel Television Sydney’s Peter Mullins and Rachel Bentley with Mayor Wincen Cuy as they film for the Bridges to Higher Education DVD. PICTURE: Darrin Manuel

By By Emily Roberts

A DVD that tells parents all they need to know before their child goes to university has been filmed in Broken Hill.

Bridges to Higher Education is a partnership with five universities and other partners to develop and deliver projects to improve academic outcomes and participation rates.

It is funded through the Commonwealth Government’s Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program.

Ruth Tregale from Macquarie University said the program had developed a DVD to give to parents to answer any concerns they may have.

She said the program received more funding and they were able to come to rural areas to do more filming.

The aim was to make it more accessible for parents in regional and remote areas.

“We work collaboratively to help increase the number of young people who go off to further their education,” Ms Tregale said.

“We were also very interested in working more in rural and regional communities.”

Ms Tregale said students in isolated areas often found they had more challenges when attending university.

“The distance to travel, having to leave home and relocate are some problems students face,” she said.

“This causes parents to often ask, where they will live, if they can afford it.

“One of their main concerns is their child’s safety.”

Parents in rural areas may have trouble attending information and open days.

“We are making this DVD to address these issues as they are of particular concern,” Ms Tregale said.

“We have five local parents who are each going to talk about their concerns in the DVDs.”

Ms Tregale said she was also happy that Mayor Wincen Cuy was able to participate.

“We are absolutely delighted that the Mayor of Broken Hill is endorsing this project and is speaking as a parent with concerns.”

Another program they are offering is to create specific pages, on the University Admissions Centre website, for rural students.

“This way we can help rural and regional students and show them what is available for them,” Ms Tregale said.

For more information visit bridges.nsw.edu.au.

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