About Make Your Mark

Make Your Mark is one key tool in efforts to widen participation in further education. It provides information and introduces useful resources to people considering higher education, with the aim of raising their awareness of, and building aspirations towards tertiary study – whether that’s through university, vocational education and training or attending a private college.

Make Your Mark has been developed as part of the Bridges to Higher Education Project 

Bridges to Higher Education:

  • is a consortium of five Sydney universities – Western Sydney University, University of Sydney, University of Technology, Sydney, Australian Catholic University and Macquarie University – working collaboratively to widen participation in university
  • gained a grant in Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP) funding from the Commonwealth Government to improve participation rates of students in higher education.

Make Your Mark’s objectives

To provide web-based information and access to resources, and to encourage aspiration and increase participation in further education, particularly in underrepresented groups.

The website is intended to be a source of information and resources for:

  • people considering whether to go on to further education and what to go on to
  • people who are in roles where they can encourage participation in further education (such as parents, friends, teachers, career advisers, community liaison officers, community leaders, government agencies, and community organisations).

Development of Make Your Mark

Make Your Mark was developed in collaboration with the five Bridges project universities and the Universities Admissions Centre, in consultation with tertiary education providers, the New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory departments of education and training, and other organisational partners and stakeholders. Consultation during development also included a wide range of potential user groups and education agencies.

We would like to acknowledge the funding of the Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP) from the Commonwealth Government and thank the staff of DEC NSW and DET ACT for their support and participation during the development of the website.

Thanks and acknowledgements

We would like to thank the following institutions and organisations and their staff who participated in the creation of this website:

Australian Catholic University

Australian National University

Charles Sturt University

Macquarie University

Southern Cross University

University of Canberra

University of New South Wales

University of Newcastle

University of Sydney

University of Technology, Sydney

University of Wollongong

Western Sydney University

Universities Admissions Centre





Catholic Education Office

Country Education Foundation

Exodus Foundation

Isolated Children and Parents Association

Liverpool Boys High School mothers and students

National Disability Coordination Office

Navitas English Language Institute Burwood

NSW Aboriginal Education Consultative Group

NSW Teachers Association

NSW Teachers Federation

NSW Careers Advisors

NSW Secondary Principals Council

Parents and Citizens Association

Parents Council NSW

UWS Disability unit

The Smith Family

Youth off the Streets Step Up Programme

We would also like to thank the numerous students, young adults, and other volunteers, who took part in the consultations for website design.

Acknowledgements and thanks also go to:

Bridges university partner representatives on the Project Advisory Group,  the Bridges Management Committee, and the Web Project Group.

  • Project Manager: Debbie Petlueng
  • Project editors Mary Trewby and Marni Williams
  • Senior content writer Diane Jardine and the team of student writers: Ayesha Bakar, Bradley Birnie, Ashika Datt, Tina Huynh, Lesley Priestnall and Ellen Stay
  • Digital Eskimo for website design and build
  • Television Sydney – for the development of the videos through the site
  • Student Edge – for the development of the videos in the My Future section
  • Paul Vankan Photographer
  • All other individuals who participated in the consultations and development of the website.

Other Bridges project initiatives


Make Your Mark contains links to other websites that are external to UAC. UAC takes reasonable care in linking websites but has no direct control over the content of the linked sites, or the changes that may occur to the content on those sites. Links to external websites do not constitute an exhaustive list or an endorsement or a recommendation of any material on those sites or of any third party products or services offered by, from or through those sites. Any link to an external site is provided for your information and convenience only.