HOPE inspires children to aim high for careers

HOPE, a beautifully-illustrated a children’s book, produced by the University of Newcastle’s AIM High program, is encouraging children across the Hunter to aspire to a career.

Written by AIM High team member Matt Lumb and illustrated by Kiara Mucci, HOPE borrows from the field of positive psychology to explore the ways in which individuals aspire by identifying and then navigating pathways through often difficult circumstances towards goals that have meaning and purpose.

Early bird gets the worm on university participation

Like Australia, the UK has set ambitious targets to widen access and improve participation in higher education. Last week saw the release of an important report, written by former UK Cabinet Minister Alan Milburn, that called on universities to “step up to the plate” on improving the attainment, aspiration and achievement in higher education of under-represented groups, particularly students from low socio-economic backgrounds.