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.
We can help you find the right course for you. This allows school leavers, current/previous university students and mature aged students the flexibility to choose from a huge 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 Murraylands campus opended in Murray Bridge in 2019 and the Riverland campus opened in 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 for industry networking, business training needs and partnerships.
Wendy Pfennig - Riverland Coordinator
Born and raised in the Riverland, Wendy has a passion for the region with a focus on education and lifelong learning having worked in the education sector for the past 10 years.
Wendy is committed to supporting community members stay in the region with their families and support networks and succeed in post-secondary school education whether it be for personal development or upskilling.
Jane Shaw - Student Advisor - Murraylands
Jane comes to us from a background of content development, both face to face and online delivery, within the post-secondary sector.
With her own education grounded in the Arts, Jane brings her creativity to support people achieve their study goals and navigate potential barriers.
She has a passion for lifelong learning that motivates her to promote regional study and broaden accessibility toward positive study outcomes.