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.
Janette Size - MRSH Murraylands, Student Advisor
With more than two decades of experience in running her own business and more than seven years working in employment services and human resources, Janette is excited to be supporting local students in the Murraylands with their university journey.
She also has a background and experience working in candidate assessment, resume advice, staff appraisals, skills testing and delivering workshops – so has a great understanding for what it takes for people to reach their potential, and wants to support them every step of the way.
Janette has talent for helping individuals find the right training or education pathway to suit their strengths, skills and passions. She’s focussed on helping people prepare themselves for their dream career and finds great joy in seeing people achieve their goals in their chosen field.
Rachel Butterworth - MRSH Riverland, Student Advisor
Rachel is a qualified Career Development Practitioner and has exceptional knowledge of the Riverland community, making her the perfect person to deliver support for local study hub students.
She has qualifications in Career Development Practice, Front Line Management and Training and Assessment, ensuring a well-rounded suite of knowledge, counselling skills and insights to support students’ pathways.
Rachel’s strength is in recognising that each student has different needs, attributes and ambitions – and her goal for the hub, is to help these individuals achieve their career goals.
She’s a great advocate for career development and passionate about helping create new pathways for people who never thought a change in direction was possible.
Our Executive Steering Committee
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.
Acting CEO, Regional Development Aust. Murraylands & Riverland
Well-versed in developing strategies for regional economic growth and community engagement, Leonie aims to enhance the potential of industry and educational success in regional communities.
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.
Riverland G3 Alliance
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.