Mature-age Bridging Program wins award

Innovative approach to teaching at Albury-Wodonga campus succeeds.

award The University Bridging Program (UBP), a return-to-study program for mature-age prospective students, has won a national award recognising its excellence. The UBP, developed and delivered by staff at the Albury-Wodonga campus of La Trobe, had its first intake in the second semester of 1990.

The UBP was “Highly Commended” in the higher education category of the inaugural Pathways Awards at the 9th Post Secondary Education for People with Disabilities – Pathways Conference, held in Melbourne late last year.

The award recognises excellence in transition and the promotion of enhanced study opportunities for students with a disability.

“A significant number of people with a disability participate in the UBP every year – and the program has served as an excellent stepping stone for many people who have gone on to study tertiary courses, including courses at the La Trobe campus. This enabling program has given them the skills and confidence to succeed at the mainstream courses they subsequently undertake,” said Marita Quaglio, Disability Liaison/Equity Officer at the Albury-Wodonga campus.

Maureen Lescun completed the UBP in 2007 and is currently studying psychology at the Albury-Wodonga campus.

“I know that I would not have, nor could not have, gone on to uni study without the UBP. I learned so much in a very supportive and friendly environment that I was game enough to take on the challenge of starting my degree. I am now in second year and doing very well with my studies,” stated Maureen.

“We are very proud of the fact that the UBP has, over the past 18 years, given hundreds of mature-age students from the regional community the opportunity to explore their readiness for  a return to tertiary study. We have continued to develop the UBP to meet the changing needs of prospective students and tertiary education courses, ensuring that they have a realistic appreciation of the demands of the courses and begin to develop the necessary skills,” said Bernadette Bennett, Academic Skills Unit and UBP Co-ordinator.

For further information, please contact Bernadette Bennett on (02) 6024 9772.

To arrange an interview or for further information, please contact:
Name Reinhard Beissbarth
Company  La Trobe University Albury-Wodonga
Phone 02 6024 9874