An Aspire workshop at AFTRS.

AFTRS has partnered with the University of New South Wales's outreach program Aspire to roll out filmmaking, television and radio workshops for disadvantaged students from across Sydney and regional New South Wales.

The first eight workshops, held at the AFTRS Sydney campus last week, were attended by fifty-six Year 8 students and fourteen teachers from central west and far west NSW.

The program works with school students from disadvantaged backgrounds in schools to increase their educational aspirations and help them access a university education.

"Visiting AFTRS was a wonderful opportunity for our students who come from regional and remote areas of NSW," said Aspire's director, Dr Ann Jardine. 

"We are very appreciative of the support AFTRS gave our students as they do not have access to such world-class technology and facilities. We are also grateful to the AFTRS staff whose experience and professional skills made the radio, television and film workshops so engaging and informative for the students. I am sure it is an experience they will not forget."

AFTRS' Partnerships and Development director Liz Hughes said: “We were delighted to work with Aspire to provide this series of workshops. Our lecturers really enjoyed working with the students and were impressed by their attitude, enthusiasm and their stories. We hope the students are now inspired to explore the possibility of a media career.”

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