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Foot in the university door can help disadvantaged students demonstrate their true potential

Dean of UNSW Law, Professor David Dixon comments on entry to Law via the university's ACCESS scheme in The Sydney Morning Herald, 3 March 2014.

David Dixon, said the [ACCESS] scheme - and the school's scholarship program for disadvantaged students - was designed to give students equal opportunities to succeed.

"The ATAR is only one indication of people's ability,'' Professor Dixon said. ''Someone who comes out of a non-selective public school in south-west Sydney and gets an ATAR in the mid-90s is at least as good as somebody getting 99-point-whatever from a private school in the eastern suburbs."

He sees the scholarship winners as "flag bearers for their communities". "It's about raising the aspirations of young people by giving examples of what's possible."

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