Regional universities



"On the radar": supporting the mental wellbeing of mature-aged students in regional and remote Australia

This research investigates university students’ perspectives on mental wellbeing and their insights into proactive approaches that they found supportive during their university studies. In particular, the research focuses on mature-aged students who live in, or come from, regional and remote areas in Australia.

Universities Australia 2020-21 pre-Budget submission

Throughout this submission, Universities Australia encourages the federal government to recognise the central role of universities in the COVID-19 response and recovery.

Ready for work: stories of innovative vocational education and training for regional and remote Indigenous students at Charles Darwin University

This report provides a series of case studies of Vocational Education and Training (VET) programs at Charles Darwin University (CDU) that are recognised for delivering positive outcomes for regional and remote Indigenous students in the Northern Territory (NT).

Impact of the demand driven system 2009-2017

To mark ten years since the introduction of a demand driven funding system for university places, the Innovative Research Universities (IRU) group has released new analysis of the key achievements of the system. The report illustrates five key achievements of the demand driven system and...

The best chance for all: student equity 2030 — a long-term strategic vision for student equity in higher education

A nationwide initiative by the NCSEHE, led by Dr Nadine Zacharias and Mr Matt Brett, has informed fundamental principles for shaping an equitable higher education system moving into the next decade.

Assessment of university support services for regional and remote students on transition to university: final report

This report details the development and piloting of an assessment of university support services for regional and remote students on transition to university.

Remote student university success: an analysis of policy and practice

Remote students often have unique knowledge, capabilities and perspectives that are a valuable part of a wider Australian culture. There is a compelling case to explore the great potential that remote Australia, its cultures and people have to offer.

The economic impact of the Regional Universities Network

RUN universities contribute an additional $1.7 billion to Australia’s economy. Seven out of ten RUN graduates will go on to work in a regional area.

Jobs and productivity effects of the Regional Universities Network

The Regional Universities Network (RUN) engaged the Nous Group to undertake analysis on the effects of the RUN on jobs and productivity in regional Australia. This short report presents these results, which demonstrate the capacity of the RUN to educate and place graduates in jobs...

Regional student accommodation assessment

The Department of Education and Training engaged Urbis to undertake this assessment of university investment in on-campus student accommodation to support an adequate supply of affordable accommodation for regional, rual and remote (RRR) students.

The role of New South Wales community education providers in regional and rural economic development

This report examines the capacity of New South Wales community education providers to contribute to regional and rural economic development.
Briefing paper

Equity student participation in Australian higher education: 2011 to 2016

Equity Student Participation in Australian Higher Education examines trends in higher education undergraduate enrolments in Australia between 2011 and 2016. This six-year period has been a time of marked change in Australian higher education, with the demand-driven system (DDS) increasing overall student numbers, while programs...

Pillars of communities: service delivery professionals in small Australian towns 1981 – 2011

This report argues that consistent face-to-face access to service delivery professionals is an important part of improving outcomes in small towns and in improving longer-term economic and social prospects in some of Australia’s most disadvantaged places.

NCSEHE Focus: Successful outcomes for regional and remote students in Australian higher education

This report provides an overview of the key issues, identifies the principal challenges and highlights the major policy responses in view of the findings and recommendations from recent research reports funded by the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE). It also draws...

Regional Universities Network submission to the Independent review into regional, rural and remote education

Education should be seen as a major lever to drive economic development in regional Australia. Issues, policy and funding around school education and transition to work or further education should not be seen in isolation from other issues around regional economic development.

Fair connection to professional careers: Understanding social difference and disadvantage, institutional dynamics and technological opportunities

People from equity groups are underrepresented in university degrees associated with high-status professions. The reasons for this are complex and relate to poverty, familial and community norms and expectations, inequitable access to high quality and adequately resourced schooling which affects achievement, and continuing incorrect deficit...

Understanding the completion patterns of equity students in regional universities

Abstract Completion patterns of cohorts enrolled in Regional University Network (RUN) universities are influenced by the sociocultural, structural and economic implications of equity group membership. This report synthesised prior research on the sociocultural and financial context that students at RUN universities encounter, extending a comparative...

Regional Universities Network (RUN) submission on the draft possible key elements of the Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP) guidelines

A small proportion of Australia’s universities, such as RUN’s members, do the ‘heavy lifting’ in terms of providing access to students from low SES backgrounds.

Regional Universities Network submission to the Department of Education and Training Improving retention, completion and success in higher education

Structural, socio-cultural, economic and demographic factors that powerfully drive trends around retention and completion impact on regional universities very strongly, and in ways that differ from metropolitan institutions.

Indigenous achievement in higher education and the role of self-efficacy: rippling stories of success

Abstract Indigenous students could be better supported in their transition, participation, retention and success in higher education with an increased emphasis on emotional support. This research recommended the supplementation of existing academic support programs with equity strategies that recognise the importance of community and family...

It’s about time: working towards more equitable understandings of the impact of time for students in higher education

This research focused primarily on regional and rural students, advocating an institutional emphasis on students' engagement with learning, alongside flexible undergraduate programs that are responsive to the complexities of each student’s background.

School experiences, career guidance, and the university participation of young people from three equity groups in Australia

Abstract Career guidance and positive secondary school experiences have a significant bearing on equity students’ propensity to enrol in tertiary education. This report provides new, contemporary Australian evidence on the interrelations between equity group membership­, school experiences and university enrolment in young people from advantaged...

Building pathways online: Indigenous futures collaboration

This report uses evidence from the Indigenous Futures Collaboration to examine the extent to which online delivery can help overcome barriers to education for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in regional and remote areas. The report looks at two different cohorts of students...

Opportunity through online learning: improving student access, participation and success in higher education

This report outlines research from Australia and the UK informing ten 'National Guidelines to Improve Student Outcomes in Online Education'.

Regional student participation and migration: analysis of factors influencing regional student participation and internal migration in Australian higher education

This research study examines regional student participation and migration by use of novel data sources and analytic techniques. The data and techniques utilised within the study provide insights that are relevant to contemporary higher education policy challenges and reform processes This study builds our knowledge...