Indigenous mentors ‘close the gap’

[supplied by UQ]

Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Høj, Professor Bronwyn Fredericks and Jack Manning Bancroft at the event welcoming AIME to UQ.​ Image: supplied

The Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME) will be available to University of Queensland students from this year.

AIME’s educational program supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students through high school and on to university, employment and further education.


Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Høj, Professor Bronwyn Fredericks and Jack Manning Bancroft at the event welcoming AIME to UQ.​


Professor Bronwyn Fredericks, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Engagement), said the University had partnered with a donor to bring AIME to UQ.

“Data shows that students who complete the AIME program finish school and transition to university at the same rate as other Australian children – effectively closing the gap in educational outcomes,” Professor Fredericks said.

In 2019, AIME was delivered at 33 sites across Australia in partnership with 14 universities.

The organisation also is delivering its curriculum and mentoring methodology to about 1000 marginalised youth in South Africa, Uganda, Nigeria and the USA. 

“I hope you will get on board with this exciting opportunity and promote it through your teams,” Professor Fredericks told UQ leaders at an event welcoming AIME to UQ.

AIME founder and chief executive Jack Manning Bancroft said imagination was important to success.

“In unpredictable times, imagination is one pathway with answers to the challenges we face going forward,” Mr Manning Bancroft said.

“This partnership is about bridges between tomorrow’s future power-holders and those at risk of being left behind – the impact of which we hope will be hundreds upon thousands of solutions and people leading us to a fairer world.”


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