UNSW Hero Program

UNSW Hero Program

The UNSW Hero Program (UNSW Heroes) helps prepare graduates to take on the challenges imposed by a rapidly evolving workplace by equipping them with an innovative and entrepreneurial mindset, critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and most importantly confidence.

The program uses a three-tier structure including; Industry workshops; an innovative project and volunteering work experience.


The Hero Program involves a range of responsibilities:

  • Attend industry and skills development workshops
  • Grow your professional network of contacts and learn to improve your personal branding
  • Collaborate as a cross-faculty team to identify and validate opportunities to improve the student experience at UNSW
  • Attend team and mentor meetings regularly throughout the program period
  • Build a prototype solution/mock-up as part of the intrapreneurship group project
  • Deliver a professional presentation slide deck and pitch script that sells your innovative idea to UNSW and industry stakeholders
  • Optional volunteering opportunities such as assisting new students with UNSW IT Services.

How to get involved

The program runs each session and is open to all UNSW students – first years to postgrads, arts to engineers. We like diversity. Whether you're a curious mind with a flair for creativity or just an enthusiastic, eager soul looking for personal development and some fun - we want to hear from you.

Applications open around mid-session break. Visit our website for more information and to apply online.


Participant, Volunteer


Mandatory induction, training and skills workshops run during the 4-5 weeks prior to the start of session.

Regular mentoring and feedback sessions will be scheduled throughout the duration of the program.


The program runs during the session breaks typically 4-5 weeks before start of session. The core program runs for 7 consecutive weeks and concludes by Week 2 of session.

Expected commitment: 10-15 hours a week for the core program to attend workshops and work on an intrapreneurship group project for UNSW. 20 hours of additional community engagement volunteering can be undertaken on top of this to contribute towards the Leadership Program.


Availability of activity

Semester - weekdays

Type of activity

Development programs

Provider of activity

DVCA Student Life/Hub

Interest area

Accounting & office management, Arts & design, Fundraising & events, IT & web development, Marketing, media & communications

Skills required and/or developed

Critical & analytical thinking, Cross-cultural & global citizenship, Entrepreneurship, Event & project management, Interpersonal & communication, IT & web skills, Leadership, Marketing & PR, Organisational & time management, Problem solving & practical skills, Team work & networking

Contacts and more information


Office of the DVC Academic


Anatoli Kovalev, Project Manager






02 9385 8392

For more information about co-curricular activities see UNSW Advantage.