The Murray River Study Hub provides opportunities for regional students to pursue tertiary education and VET alternatives without having to travel or relocate outside of the region. This improved access to education will bring career opportunities for local businesses and industry. Both students and employers can take advantage of the hub to bridge real career pathways and equip students with a skillset to meet the demands of the local workforce.
Courses will be offered online and mix mode by our partnered education partners, CQUniversity Australia, Flinders University and TAFE SA. This allows school leavers, current/previous university students and mature aged students the flexibility to choose from a bigger range of courses and a mode of study to suit their lifestyle and work commitments.
For more than a decade, the Murray River communities have been advocating for a tertiary education presence to address the loss of local learners to Adelaide and to improve career and economic development within the region. Access to higher education has been a significant barrier to enterprise growth and population retention across the region.
The local government leadership in the region maintains a strong focus of increasing tertiary education services in the area, actively advocating for an increase of training opportunities leading to the creation of the Murray River Study Hub (MRSH).
In 2018, The Rural City of Murray Bridge was successful in receiving grant funding through the Federal Department of Education & Training to activate the hub in 2019. The Study Hub will roll out in two stages, the Murraylands in 2019 and in the Riverland in January 2020.
The vision is to create a tertiary education pathway in region, to increase post-secondary schooling uptake. The delivery of tertiary courses and study support in regional locations allows students to remain living in our townships and communities, and provides options for the start of tertiary study, whilst still at high school.
Vanessa Leigh - Program Manager
Vanessa is a skilled project and program manager who has been working in regional economic growth initiatives for more than 10 years. As a local professional and parent, she has a vested interest and passion in ensuring the region has a strong base of skilled experts and avenues for people to study after SACE. She also understands the challenges of managing family life in a rural setting while aspiring to gain a university degree.
Vanessa has helped build the foundations of the Murray River Study Hub, and is your first point of call on enrolments, hub facility progress, partnerships, industry networks and more.
Rachel Butterworth - Assistant Program Manager - Riverland
Rachel is an experienced program manager and qualified Career Development Practitioner with over 10 years’ experience living and working in the Riverland community. Rachel is an advocate for both career and workforce development, passionate about helping create new pathways for people and business.
Rachel’s strength is driving and fostering positive change within the region reconginsing that each student has different needs, attributes and ambitions – and her goal for the hub, is to help these individuals achieve their career goals.
Shaun Harris - Student Advisor Murraylands
Shaun is excited to support local students in the Murraylands with their univeristy journey. With experience in employment and training projects, Shaun is passionate about fostering community development and running initiatives that bring positive results for our community and economy.
Shaun started his career as a printing apprentice and worked his way into management, and has run his own successful café and catering business. Shaun holds a great understanding of what it takes for people to reach their potential, and wants to support students every step of the way.
Kerryn Van Dyk - Student Advisor Riverland
Kerryn is the Riverland Student Advisor and is passionate about supporting people achieve a successful career. With 11 years of experience in the disability employment sector and a qualification in Career Development Practice, Kerryn brings valued knowledge in career planning and customer service.
Kerryn works with people to establish their career pathway. This includes providing the knowledge and guidance they need to update and tailor their resumes to suit employment opportunities, helping them to get job ready, and linking them with training opportunities.
Our Executive Steering Committee
CEO, Rural City of Murray Bridge
An expert in business, commerce and law, Michael has extensive experience and knowledge in the fields of financial strategic management, governance and leadership in both the public and private sector.
CE, Regional Development Aust. Murraylands & Riverland
With an extensive understanding of the region, built throughout his twelve-year career in the South Australian Government, Ben is passionate about sustainable development throughout the Murraylands and Riverland.
David has a wealth of experience from the vocational education and training sector and an extensive history in the management and delivery of programs that increase participation in training.
Tony's strong leadership acumen has led to his extensive career in Local Government, fulfilling many different positions, namely CEO. Tony is dedicated to building sustainable regional industries through improving access to education.
Regional leaders invited to nominate for MRSH Executive Steering Committee
Two positions are currently open for our MRSH Executive Committee. Expressions of Interest (EOI) are now open to skills-based leaders from the Riverland and Murraylands, who are committed to helping grow regional access to tertiary education.
This leadership team helps to oversee key developments of the hub and ensures local people who want to study uni, have the framework and support systems in place to do so.
Nomination forms and a position description can be downloaded below.