Pictured: Archie Perkins

Kicking new goals at UTS

With the support of UTS donors, Archie is on a path carved out by his uncle, Dr Charles Perkins.

Archie was playing football in his hometown of Alice Springs when an injury forced him off the field – and forced him to rethink his future. He was at a low point when his mum showed him the Indigenous programs on offer at UTS.

"I thought this could be my chance to step up in life. When I injured my knee, I got an understanding of physiotherapy. I wanted to come back to Alice Springs as a physio and help my community."

Archie found his way to a Bachelor of Health Science at UTS with the help of the Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research, which supports Indigenous students to thrive in all aspects of campus life.

"When I first got here, it was all a bit daunting. But Jumbunna helped me through and took a lot of pressure off. Their support has been amazing."

"Studying at UTS will impact my life and my community in a tremendous way. It will show my family and community I am here to better myself, and inspire them to go after their dreams."

Archie is carrying on the legacy of his famous uncle, Dr Charles Perkins, one of our most important civil rights activists and the first Indigenous man to graduate from university in Australia.

Archie now wants to light his own path for the next generation.

More Indigenous students like Archie are starting and finishing degrees at UTS and finding jobs afterwards. Caring people like you have helped make that possible by contributing to financial assistance, accommodation packages, extra tuition, and other Jumbunna support programs.

As Archie knows, this support makes a world of difference.

“The programs at UTS and the people who support them are so important. Without them, I wouldn't be here and neither would a lot of other Indigenous students.”

You can empower Indigenous students like Archie to change their lives and transform their communities.

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