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.
Tish Reynolds - Student Advisor - Riverland
Tish has had prior experience in the tertiary education sector, working for one of Australia’s leading university providers. Now living in the Riverland, her biggest driving force is to bridge the gap between tertiary education and regional South Australia. She is set out to help residents of the Riverland achieve access to higher education locally, so much-need skills can be retained in region.
Tish understands the challenges that come with working, studying and balancing family life on a daily basis. As a student advisor, her goal is to work closely with individual students to recognise their abilities and ambitions, as well as to guide and assist them through their learning journey.
Daniel Gutteridge - Student Advisor - Murraylands
Daniel’s passion for helping students achieve their potential has led him to join the Murray River Study Hub as a student advisor. With years of experience in student support and administration within the education sector, Daniel has a great understanding of what it takes to deliver a friendly supportive learning environment.
Daniel is excited to guide students through their university life, offering individuals support and advice to get the best possible experience along the way of reaching their career goals.
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.