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Jenna Bradwell
08/01/2013

Tea with the VC: UOW hosts top HSC students

The region’s brightest students gathered at UOW last week to share scones, Earl Grey and their future study ambitions with Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Wellings at the annual Vice-Chancellor’s Afternoon Tea.

The event was held to celebrate the area’s top HSC achievers, students who achieved an ATAR that placed them in the top 150 of the University’s local region and had UOW as one of their highest preferences in their UAC application.

The students, from the Illawarra, Sutherland, St George, South Western Sydney, Southern Highlands and South Coast regions, were joined by their families and discussed their course options with the Vice-Chancellor and faculty Deans. They were also offered $3000 scholarships to study at the University.

Audi Li, who received an ATAR of 99.45, said UOW was his first preference and that he looked forward to starting an exciting new chapter of his life at University.

“I hope to study a double degree in maths and finance,” the Smith’s Hill High school student said.

“UOW is a really reputable university. It’s close to where I live and it has a great campus environment.”

Nina Blazeska, also from Smith’s Hill, received an ATAR of 99.3. She said the University was her first UAC preference, as she loved its lush grounds and friendly atmosphere.

“I can’t wait to come to UOW and study International Science,” she said.

“A lot of my friends are coming to the University so it will be great to have them here and also to meet new people with similar interests to mine.”

Joining Audi and Nina in the region’s top three students was Siobhan O’Brien from St Mary’s High school, who received an ATAR of 99.65.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Wellings congratulated all in attendance, also recognising the invaluable help and encouragement provided by their families and supporters.

Professor Wellings noted that UOW sits in the top 2% of universities worldwide and that its teaching and learning environment was second to none.

“We celebrate the fact that we are student centred and deeply engaged with the student body. UOW has received five stars for the student experience in the Good Universities Guide for the past two years and is proud to be a part of the Illawarra,” he said.

“I look forward to seeing many of you on campus when classes start this year and wish you each every success for your future studies.”

Orientation for new students starts on February 25. Autumn Session lectures commence on March 4. For more information on starting your studies at UOW click here.

By Jenna Bradwell.

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  • From left: Audi Li, Nina Blazeska, Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Wellings,Siobhan O’Brien and Lachlan Marnoch at the Vice-Chancellor’s Afternoon Tea for HSC high achievers.

  • Students spoke with the Vice-Chancellor and faculty Deans about their study options for 2013.

  • The region’s top 150 students were invited to the event, many attending with their families.

  • The event was held in UOW’s SMART Infrastructure Facility.