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RUN shows some growth in applications 30/11/16

The Department of Education and Training's Undergraduate Applications, Offers and Acceptances 2016 data shows that the Regional Universities Network (RUN) had a minor increase in applications from 2015 to 2016 of 0.6 per cent. > More

Regional Universities critical in supporting regional capitals: Senate Committee Report 24/11/16

The Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee final report into the Future Role and Contribution of Regional Capitals to Australia, released November 24, has found that regional universities perform a critical role in supporting regional capitals to achieve their potential. > More

RUN Welcomes Report on the Transparency of Higher Education Admissions 16/11/16

The Regional Universities Network (RUN) supports the recommendations contained in the report of the Higher Education Standards Panel on the transparency of higher education student admissions. > More

RUN Welcomes Prof Greg Hill as Chair and Thanks Prof Jan Thomas 07/11/16

Professor Greg Hill, Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Sunshine Coast, will be the next chair of the Regional Universities Network (RUN). > More

RUN congratulates chair Jan Thomas on her appointment as vice-chancellor of Massey University 12/10/16

The Regional Universities Network (RUN) congratulates the network Chair and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Southern Queensland, Professor Jan Thomas, on her appointment as Vice-Chancellor of Massey University in New Zealand. > More

RUN welcomes appointment of higher education expert panel 10/10/16

The Regional Universities Network (RUN) welcomes the appointment of an expert advisory panel by the Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon. Simon Birmingham, to help develop a future plan for Australia's higher education system. > More

Regional Australia needs more university graduates 05/09/16

Regional Australia need more university graduates and regional universities should be formally recognised in regional development policy. > More

RUN welcomes revamped Turnbull ministry 19/07/16

The Regional Universities Network (RUN) welcomes the Turnbull Government's expanded new ministry. > More

RUN and RCA sign MOU to Boost Education and Career Pathways 16/06/16

The Regional Universities Network (RUN) and Regional Capitals Australia (RCA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) aiming to highlight the need for improved academic and career pathways for young people and residents living in regional Australia. > More

RUN: Keep the demand driven student system 15/06/16

Despite calls to reintroduce caps on student places, the Regional Universities Network (RUN) strongly supports retaining the demand driven student system, as outlined in its policy document Clever Regions, Clever Australia. > More

The numbers tell the story–Regional Australia matters 13/06/16

Universities are proving to be an increasingly powerful economic engine room for regional Australia, delivering jobs and driving new innovations. > More

RUN welcomes Southern Cross' new Vice-Chancellor 12/06/16

The Regional Universities Network (RUN) welcomes the appointment of Professor Adam Shoemaker as the next Vice-Chancellor of Southern Cross University. > More

Why sports injury hospitalisations are higher in regional Australia 25/05/16

New research has revealed the rate of hospitalisation for sports injuries is significantly higher in regional Australia than in metropolitan areas, challenging the way in which policy makers think about health service delivery. > More

RUN launches Clever Regions, Clever Australia policy plan 24/05/16

The Regional Universities Network (RUN) has released its policy plan, Clever Regions, Clever Australia, Policy Advice for an Incoming Government - 2016. > More

Regional Futures Under the Spotlight at June Conference 05/05/16

The future of regional Australia will be under the spotlight during a Regional Universities (RUN) conference, to be held at CQUniversity's Rockhampton North Campus in June. > More

Budget 2016: RUN welcomes consultation but cut to HEPPP will hurt regions 03/05/16

The Regional Universities Network (RUN) welcomes the Government's commitment to consultation on future higher education policy and the provision of clarity on some key issues in the higher education budget. > More

National Strategy for International Education Recognises Regional Universities 30/04/16

The new National Strategy for International Education recognises that there are significant opportunities for international student growth in regional Australia. > More

RUN welcomes National Priorities Pool funding for regional students 28/04/16

The Regional Universities Network (RUN) warmly welcomes the announcement by Senator Bridget McKenzie of a National Priorities Pool program round, under the Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program, to assist regional and rural students into university. > More

RUN Supports Regional Australia Institute Proposal for City Deals for Small Cities 27/04/16

The Regional Universities Network (RUN) supports the Regional Australia Institute's (RAI) proposal for City Deals as described in its report Deal or No Deal? Bringing Small Cities into the National Economic Agenda. > More

Government support needed for regional and low SES university students 14/04/16

In the lead up to the Federal Budget, the Regional Universities Network (RUN) urges the Government to continue to support the increased participation and success of regional and low SES students at university via dedicated funding programs. > More

REGIONAL UNIVERSITIES: KEY TO CLEVER REGIONS 08/04/16

Regional universities are key to regional development and supplying the highly skilled workers to drive the innovative and highly productive industries of the future, the Regional Capitals Australia Regionalism 2.0 conference will be told in Wodonga on April 8. > More

RUN Collaborates to Drive Student Success 29/03/16

Building on extensive work over many years in student retention, the Regional Universities Network (RUN) has committed to further promote student retention and success through the establishment of a Student Success Innovation Cluster. This will provide support for six innovative projects, totalling around $120,000 in combined funding. > More

RUN welcomes Turnbull Government's new Ministers 13/02/16

The Regional Universities Network (RUN) welcomes the Turnbull Government's new ministers, and notes the strong representation from regional Australia in the line-up. > More

RUN Congratulates Nats on new leadership team 12/02/16

The Regional Universities Network (RUN) congratulates the new Nationals Leader and Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon Barnaby Joyce MP, and Deputy Leader, Senator the Hon Fiona Nash, and thanks the former Deputy Prime Minister, The Hon Warren Truss MP, for his contribution. > More

Grant to RUN for student success project 05/02/16

The Regional Universities Network (RUN) has received a grant of $146,500 from the Higher Education Participation and Partnerships National Priorities Pool for a project in 2016 to facilitate success for students from low socio-economic status (SES) backgrounds at regional universities. > More

RUN wins grant to improve maths skills of low SES regional students 03/02/16

The Regional Universities Network (RUN) universities will work to improve the mathematical skills of low SES regional students through a grant of $140,000 from the Government's Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Programme National Priorities Pool to Southern Cross University. > More

RUN welcomes consultation to revamp regional development 28/01/16

The Regional Universities Network (RUN) welcomes the announcement by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, The Hon Warren Truss MP, and the Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister, The Hon Michael McCormack, MP, that the Government will consult on revamping regional development policy. > More

Regional unis must not be disadvantaged by changes to clinical placement funding 17/12/15

The Regional Universities Network (RUN) urges the Government to ensure that the decision to cease the Clinical Training Fund and to expand the Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training Programme to include nursing and allied health placements, as outlined in the recent Mid-Year Economic Fiscal Outlook, will not disadvantage regional universities or their communities. > More

Much for regional Australia and its universities in Government's Innovation Statement 07/12/15

The Government's National Innovation&Science Agenda (NISA), jointly released by the Prime Minister, the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, and the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, is a comprehensive package which provides a strong basis for innovation in regional Australia, as well as the nation as a whole. > More

RUN applauds ALP's regional innovation fund 04/12/15

The Regional Universities Network (RUN) resoundingly endorses Labor's plan to grow regional innovation, announced today by the Leader of the Opposition, the Hon Bill Shorten MP. > More

Watt Review of Research Funding and Policy sends important signal 04/12/15

The Watt Review of Research Policy and Funding Arrangements, released today by the Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, sends an important signal that universities need to improve engagement and collaboration with business and other end users. > More

RUN's ERA 2015 outcomes - world class research engaged with the regions 04/12/15

The Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2015 outcome for the Regional Universities Network (RUN) shows that outstanding, world class, fundamental research is undertaken by our universities in areas of regional, strategic relevance. > More

RUN to Participate as Observer in Network of Leading US Universities 26/11/15

The Regional Universities Network (RUN) today signed on to become an observer with the US-based University Innovation Alliance (UIA) network, a group of 11 research universities developing, testing and scaling new initiatives to improve student success > More

RUN WELCOMES CHANGES TO YOUTH ALLOWANCE TO HELP REGIONAL STUDENTS 13/11/15

The Regional Universities Network (RUN) welcomes changes to Youth Allowance which will make it easier for rural and regional students to go to university. > More

RUN universities have best year ever for Australian Research Council Funding 02/11/15

Regional Universities Network universities have collectively had their best year ever for prestigious Australian Research Council (ARC) funding, winning over $4 million for research projects. > More

RUN endorses Universities Australia's Keep it Clever policy statement 07/10/15

The Regional Universities Network (RUN) today backed a new call for a 'game changing' national investment strategy in wealth-generating research and innovation. > More

Tests for Teacher Education should not disadvantage regional students 06/10/15

RUN has urged the new Minister for Education and Training, Senator Simon Birmingham, to ensure that regional students aren't disadvantaged in any new literacy and numeracy test for initial teacher education. > More

RUN welcomes more consultation on university reforms 01/10/15

The Regional Universities Network (RUN) welcomes the decision by the Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, to delay any changes to university funding for at least a year and to further consult on the higher education reforms. > More

RUN welcomes release of ALP Higher Education Policy 21/09/15

The Regional Universities Network (RUN) welcomes the ALP's commitment to increasing student funding from 2018 by more than 27 per cent or $2,500 per student, per year, or $4 billion over four years under a -student funding guarantee-. > More

RUN Welcomes Turnbull Ministry 20/09/15

The Regional Universities Network (RUN) welcomes the Turnbull Government's new ministry. > More

University-Industry research engagement key to regional development 17/09/15

In its submission to the Government's Review of Research Funding and Policy Arrangements, the Regional Universities Network (RUN) has indicated that it is essential for regional universities to be adequately funded for research engagement with industry to drive regional development in the national interest. > More

RUN leads equity gains in Higher Education 10/09/15

A new report from the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education at Curtin University has found significant growth in low SES, Indigenous, regional and remote student enrolments at Regional Universities Network (RUN) universities between 2007 to 2014. > More

Regional research reaps rich rewards 04/09/15

Australian regional universities are generating world-class research in areas such as sports injury, fertiliser costs, drone technology, livestock disease, countering fatigue among rural firefighters and suicide prevention, which can benefit not only their communities but have international applications. > More

RUN welcomes Prof Jan Thomas as new Chair 01/09/15

Professor Jan Thomas, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Southern Queensland, was appointed today as the new Chair of the Regional Universities Network (RUN). > More

Universities a key player in regional development 27/08/15

RUN: Government needs a more integrated approach to policy and funding across education, research, and regional development > More

Long-term completion rates show value of university study 26/08/15

A new report by the Australian Council for Educational Research, Completing University in a Growing Sector: Is Equity an Issue?, shows that the overall completion rate for low SES students nine years after commencement is comparable to the national average for undergraduates–69 per cent compared to 74 per cent. > More

Opportunity for university study vital for Regional Australians 04/08/15

Providing opportunity for the third of Australians who live outside capitals to study at university is key to economic growth, the Regional Universities Network (RUN) said today. > More

New Teaching and Learning entity must act for all 30/07/15

The Regional Universities Network (RUN) has told the Department of Education and its expert adviser that the new Teaching and Learning Institute should act for the entire sector, during a consultation session on July 29. > More

RUN launches collaboration in languages and creative and performing arts 17/06/15

The Regional Universities Network (RUN) has launched its collaboration among member universities in the teaching of languages and creative and performing arts. > More

RUN Congratulates Professor David Battersby 08/06/15

The Regional Universities Network (RUN) congratulates its former, inaugural Chair, and the Vice-Chancellor of Federation University Australia, Professor David Battersby, on being awarded an AM (Member of the Order of Australia in the General Division) in the Queen's Birthday Honours list. > More

RUN welcomes review of research training 20/05/15

The Regional Universities Network (RUN) welcomes the review of research training by the Australian Council of Learned Academies, announced today by the Minister for Education and Training, The Hon Christopher Pyne MP. > More

Budget, Some Positives, but Uncertainty Remains 12/05/15

Although the 2015 Budget offers some positive measures for higher education, the Regional Universities Network (RUN) is disappointed that the Parliament has still not resolved the long-term, sustainable funding of the sector. > More

Funding regional unis is critical for regional capitals 29/04/15

In a submission to a Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee inquiry, the Regional Universities Network (RUN) has emphasised the critical role regional universities play as one of the largest and most visible assets in their regions. > More

RUN Delegation to Build Research Links with Vietnamese Universities 16/04/15

Building research collaboration between Regional Universities Network (RUN) universities and Vietnamese universities and institutes will be the target of a visit by senior managers from RUN to Vietnam in late April. > More

Minister Joyce launches RUN Precision Agriculture Flagship 30/03/15

The Regional Universities Network (RUN) today welcomed the launch of its new Precision Agriculture Flagship by the Minister for Agriculture, the Hon Barnaby Joyce MP, at the University of New England in Armidale, NSW. > More

RUN disappointed with outcome of Senate vote on Higher Education Reforms 17/03/15

The Regional Universities Network (RUN) is deeply disappointed at the failure of the Government's higher education reforms to pass the Senate. > More

RUN welcomes Government's compromise on higher education reforms 16/03/15

The Regional Universities Network (RUN) enthusiastically welcomes the Government's decision to split the higher education bill, and urges the Senate to support the revised package. The 20 per cent reduction in the government funding of university places will be set aside for later consideration, and funding for the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy is guaranteed for a further twelve months. > More

Nationals host RUN research showcase 10/02/15

Regional Universities Network (RUN) universities showcased areas of unique research such as improved mango production, koala chlamydia vaccines, automated cattle tracking, groundwater engineering and virtual fencing at an event hosted by the Nationals at Parliament House on February 10. > More

Humpback whales and Bessie the cow lead the way in RUN's Maths and Science Digital Classroom 11/12/14

The Regional Universities Network (RUN) Maths and Science Digital Classroom was launched at the University of Southern Queensland in Toowoomba today. > More

RUN signs MOU with PACE-NET Plus 10/12/14

The Regional Universities Network (RUN) today signed an MOU with the Pacific-Europe Network for Science, Technology and Innovation (PACE-NET plus) in Auckland, New Zealand, to explore opportunities for collaboration. > More

RUN urges the Senate to pass the new Higher Education Bill with changes 03/12/14

RUN urges the Senate to pass the new Higher Education and Research Reform Bill early in 2015. > More

RUN urges Senate to pass amended Higher Education Bill before Christmas to benefit regional students 27/11/14

The Regional Universities Network (RUN) urges the Senate to pass the Higher Education and Research Amendment Bill with key changes to benefit regional students prior to Christmas. > More

RUN urges Senate to pass amended Higher Education Bill 28/10/14

The Regional Universities Network (RUN) urges the Senate to pass the Higher Education and Research Reform Amendment Bill with amendments following the release of the Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee report on the bill. > More

RUN Questions Findings of the Review of the Regulation Impact Statement 03/10/14

RUN challenges the findings of the review of the Government's regulation impact statement on the higher education reforms, prepared by the Office of Best Practice Regulation, which has found that the proposed changes will not have a negative impact on the financial viability of regional universities. > More

Regional proposals submitted to Senate Committee 23/09/14

RUN Submission to Senate Committee on the Higher Education and Research Reform Amendment BillThe Regional Universities Network (RUN) has called for a Competitive Regions Fund, regional scholarships, and an interest rate on HECS/HELP loans to be set at 50 per cent of the Long Term Bond Rate, with the students' interest rate on the loan capped at 4 per cent. > More

Joint RUN and Go8 media release on higher education reform 08/09/14

RUN and Go8 urge Senate to pass higher education reforms with safeguards for low-income graduates and structural support for regional universities > More

Research Vital to Regional Universities-Engagement Australia Conference 22/07/14

Regional universities have a fundamental mission to enrich their communities through the excellence of their graduates and the quality of their teaching and research, according to the Chair of the Regional Universities Network (RUN), Professor Peter Lee, in a keynote address to the Engagement Australia Conference at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga on July 22. > More

Conference highlights important role of regional Australia 19/06/14

The 2014 Digital Rural Futures Conference comes at an important time to focus on the critical role of science, engineering and agricultural science degrees as regional universities face challenges in proposed Government changes to tertiary education. > More

Research Vital to Regional Universities 29/05/14

The Regional Universities Network (RUN), responding to comments made by the Minister for Education, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, that universities should be allowed to be teaching only, indicated its support for the current arrangements where universities must teach and undertake research. > More

An Ambitious Budget for Higher Education 13/05/14

The Regional Universities Network (RUN) welcomes the announcement in the Budget of an ambitious program of reform for higher education which recognises the importance of the sector to Australia. The Treasurer and the Minister are to be congratulated for highlighting the important role Universities play in Australia's future. > More

No surprises for higher education in Commission of Audit report 01/05/14

The recommendation from the Commission of Audit that, in an environment where the market is deregulated, fee deregulation should also be considered comes as no surprise. > More

Tough times need tough decisions 29/04/14

The Regional Universities Network (RUN) has called for a -robust discussion- around fee deregulation in the broader context of university funding, including research and regional loading funding in the current difficult economic climate. > More

RUN welcomes Demand Driven Review Report 13/04/14

The Regional Universities Network (RUN) today welcomed the release by the Government of the report of the Review of the Demand Driven Student Funding System. > More

RUN urges Government to implement HELP proposals 07/04/14

The report -Doubtful debt. The rising cost of student loans- by Andrew Norton of the Grattan Institute proposes reforms to the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) which would assist the budget now and in the future and not have a significant adverse impact on students or universities. > More

RUN backs Keep it Clever campaign 03/04/14

The Regional Universities Network (RUN) today leant its support to a new national campaign to build public awareness of university education and research to ensure Australia is not left behind in an increasingly competitive global environment. > More

Proposed funding for expansion of the demand driven system 03/03/14

The Regional Universities Network (RUN) strongly believes that the continuation of the demand driven student system for bachelor degrees and expanding it to sub-bachelor degrees is important for regional Australian economies and communities. > More

Demand-driven university funding vital 03/03/14

The Regional Universities Network (RUN) strongly believes that the continuation of the demand-driven system, which removes artificial restrictions on entry to university, is vital for regional Australian economies and communities. > More

RUN in talks with Nationals 25/02/14

The importance of regional universities to their regions and the nation will be discussed by the Regional Universities Network (RUN) and National Party Members of Parliament and Senators at a Regional Universities Education Forum in Canberra on February 25. > More

RUN welcomes review of teacher training 19/02/14

The Regional Universities Network (RUN) welcomes the announcement by the Minister for Education, the Hon Christopher Pyne, on February 19 of a Ministerial Education Advisory Group to lead a review of teacher education. > More

Demand driven system crucial for regional Australia 16/12/13

The Regional Universities Network (RUN) strongly supports the continuation of the student demand driven system for bachelor places, and extension of the system to cover sub-bachelor places. > More

Role of regional universities must be recognised in regional development 05/12/13

The key role of regional universities in regional development needs to be clearly recognised in Government policy, a regional development conference was told on December 5. > More

RUN calls for more university places in regional Australia 22/11/13

While the Regional Universities Network (RUN) welcomes the announcement by the Government of additional postgraduate coursework and sub-bachelor places in Australian universities, more needs to be done to expand sub-bachelor and postgraduate coursework places in regional Australia. > More

RUN Delegation to Build Links with Regional Korean Universities 20/11/13

Building collaboration between Regional Universities Network (RUN) universities and regional Korean universities will be the subject of a visit by senior managers from RUN to Korea in late November. > More

Speakers' comments from regional universities conference 18/11/13

SPEAKERS' COMMENTS FROM THE RUN-INFORMA CONFERENCE14-15 November, 2013 > More

Response to review of student demand driven system 12/11/13

If the demand driven system is to be reviewed, it is pleasing that the Terms of Reference are broad and the review will investigate policies regarding the allocation of sub-bachelor and post-graduate places, as well as evidence that the demand driven system is improving access and meeting skills needs, according to the Regional Universities Network (RUN). > More

RUN strongly supports demand driven system 08/11/13

The Regional Universities Network (RUN) strongly supports keeping the student demand driven system. > More

Regional students benefit from repeal of self-education expenses cap 06/11/13

The Regional Universities Network (RUN) welcomes the announcement by Treasurer Joe Hockey that the Government will not implement the $2000 cap on work-related education expense tax deductions proposed by the former Government. > More

Leadership role of regional universities debated 06/11/13

The role of regional universities in the nation's economic and social development and the opportunity for increasing participation in a more connected education system will be debated at a conference in Coolangatta next week. > More

Regional universities strongly placed to address skills shortage 30/10/13

The Regional Universities Network (RUN) considers that regional universities are uniquely placed to address the existing and anticipated skills shortages in regional Australia revealed in a report released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Non-School Qualifications in Regions, on October 30. > More

Regional universities under the spotlight at international conference 29/10/13

The growing importance of regional universities to national prosperity will be highlighted at a two-day conference to be held at the campus of Southern Cross University in Coolangatta next month. > More

Regional universities important for international education industry 08/10/13

The Regional Universities Network (RUN) welcomes the report, Positioning for Prosperity? Catching the Next Wave, published by Access Economics today (8 October) which identifies International Education as one of five important industries that reflect Asia's changing impact on Australia for the next decade. > More

Concerns over Abbott Government's proposed university changes 25/09/13

The Regional Universities Network (RUN) is concerned about changes to higher education proposed by the new Education Minister, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, reported in today's media. > More

RUN congratulates new Government ministry 16/09/13

The Regional Universities Network (RUN) congratulates the Abbott Government on its victory in the election and welcomes the new ministers to their portfolios. > More

RUN Chair hails merger milestones for members 13/09/13

Two RUN member universities marked significant milestones this week withCQUniversity formally merging with CQ TAFE and royal assent being given tolegislation establishing the University of Ballarat as Federation University Australia. > More

RUN congratulates Coalition on election win and announces new Chair 09/09/13

The Regional Universities Network (RUN) congratulates the Coalition on its election win and looks forward to working with the new government. Saturday also marked the appointment of Southern Cross University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Peter Lee, as RUN's new Chair. > More

Regional unis ready to play their role in driving innovation 03/09/13

The Labor Party's innovation statement announced by Senator Kim Carr today reaffirms the central role played by universities in driving ongoing prosperity across the nation, particularly in regional areas. > More

New Colombo Plan would help cultural and economic development in the regions 30/08/13

The Regional Universities Network (RUN) welcomes the release of the Coalition's policy for a new Colombo Plan for two-way exchange of students between Australia and the region. > More

Myths and misconceptions surround commentary on regional higher ed issues 30/08/13

When The Nationals put out their full election policy plan earlier this week, some subsequent reporting included commentators making incorrect claims about the state of regional higher education. > More

Positive points in Nationals' policy plans 29/08/13

The Chair of the Regional Universities Network (RUN), Professor David Battersby, welcomed the release of the Nationals 2013 policy platform which proposes a number of initiatives to encourage students to study and work as professionals in regional Australia. > More

More international students should attend regional universities 20/08/13

The Chair of the Regional Universities Network (RUN), Professor David Battersby, has urged all political parties to encourage more international students to go regional Australia. > More

Report confirms recapping uni places would be 'policy tragedy' 07/08/13

The new Grattan Institute report from Andrew Norton, Keep the Caps off! Student Access and Choice in Higher Education, has found that it would be a policy tragedy to recap university places. > More

University red tape review a sensible response 05/08/13

The Regional Universities Network (RUN) welcomes the findings of the review into red tape in the university sector, Review of Higher Education Regulation, released by the Minister for Higher Education, Senator Kim Carr, on August 5. > More

Chief scientist's strategic approach would benefit regional Australia 31/07/13

Australia's Chief Scientist, Professor Ian Chubb, today launched a position paper which advocates a strategic approach to science and technology subjects which would benefit regional Australia, according to the Regional Universities Network (RUN). > More

Talks 'shed positive light', but tax concern remains: RUN 23/07/13

The Regional Universities Network (RUN) says discussions with Higher Education Minister Kim Carr in the past week have shed positive light on several areas of uncertainty for the sector, but the proposal to cap tax-deductible education expenses remains of concern. > More

Student financial pressures drive down participation: RUN 15/07/13

The Regional Universities Network is concerned that newly released data showing increasing financial pressures on university students across Australia points to a major factor driving down participation rates, with the worst impacts on those from low socio-economic backgrounds and Indigenous students. > More

Demand-driven system working to help regional Australia 02/07/13

The full benefits of the demand-driven higher education system have not yet begun to flow through to regional communities, and it would be a great loss to end a visionary policy which is otherwise set to transform regional Australia, according to the Regional Universities Network. > More

RUN welcomes new ministers 01/07/13

The Regional Universities Network (RUN) welcomes Senator Kim Carr back as Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Higher Education, and congratulates Catherine King on her promotion to cabinet as Minister for Regional Australia, Local Government and Territories. > More

RUN study details universities' massive regional impact 26/06/13

A study details for the first time the extraordinary depth of engagement between members of the Regional Universities Network (RUN) and the regions that they serve. > More

New Strategic Research Priorities welcome and relevant to regions: RUN 24/06/13

The Regional Universities Network (RUN) strongly supports the Federal Government's new Strategic Research Priorities. > More

RUN supports strategic research policy 17/06/13

The Regional Universities Network (RUN) has demonstrated its support for a strategic, national, research policy, by signing the statement -Invest in Research and Translation: Stand-up for Australia's Future- at Parliament House today. > More

Regional Universities Network keen to see red tape reductions 29/05/13

The Regional Universities Network (RUN) welcomes the great potential benefits from an independent review of university red tape and immediate reductions in demands for data, but cautions against the potential risks of a two-tiered regulatory system which unnecessarily burdens regional universities. > More

Regional Universities Network tackles barriers to maths and science education 28/05/13

The Regional Universities Network is pioneering a pilot project to overcome barriers hampering maths and science education in rural, regional and remote Australia. > More

Some gains and major cuts for universities in 2013 Budget 15/05/13

While the 2013 Federal Budget offers some minor funding increases for universities, it also implements the major cuts to funding for universities and student support announced by the Government in April. > More

RUN welcomes announcement of equity funding 01/05/13

Funding of $86.5 million under the Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program will go some way to helping regional students attend university, according to the Regional Universities Network. > More

Regional universities must continue to grow strategic research 01/05/13

The Regional Universities Network has defended the integral role of research in maintaining comprehensive, high-quality higher education in the regions. > More

Funding cuts will hurt Australia's regional universities and students 13/04/13

The Regional Universities Network (RUN) is shocked by the extent of the funding cuts to Australian universities and changes to university student support announced by Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research Craig Emerson today, April 13. > More

RUN offers input to Coalition higher education policy 02/04/13

The Regional Universities Network has provided a submission to the Coalition's Online Higher Education Working Group to examine how Australia can capitalise on the potential of online learning. > More

RUN welcomes new ministry 25/03/13

The Regional Universities Network (RUN) welcomes the Gillard Government's announcement of its new ministry on March 25. > More

Regional Australia must be part of a new Colombo Plan 22/03/13

The Regional Universities Network (RUN) supports a new Colombo Plan which would encourage two-way student staff exchanges with the Asia-Pacific. > More

Regional universities add billions to our economy 18/03/13

The RUN grouping of six of Australia's regional universities contributes $2.1 billion in gross domestic product, $1.2 billion in household income and more than 14,000 (full time equivalent) jobs, according to an economic impact study released today. > More

Regional Universities Network offers a plan to help unlock Australian potential 13/03/13

With two-thirds of the nation's economic assets and productive activity located outside Australia's capital cities, along with one-third of the population, the economic and social wellbeing of regional Australia is crucial to the success of the nation.Regional Universities Network (RUN) Chair Professor David Battersby has launching a policy statement - Smarter Regions, Smarter Australia - which details a variety of ways in which government can unlock the full human potential of regional Australia. > More

MEDIA DIARY: RUN to offer a policy plan to unlock Australian potential 11/03/13

Regional Universities Network (RUN) Chair Professor David Battersby will launch this Wednesday a policy plan–Smarter Regions, Smarter Australia–which details a variety of ways in which government can unlock the full human potential of regional Australia. > More

RUN welcomes Opposition commitment to university sector 28/02/13

In a speech to the Universities Australia conference the leader of the Opposition, Tony Abbott, recognised the importance of universities to the whole nation. The Chair of RUN, Professor David Battersby, welcomed the speech and the Opposition's commitment to the university sector. > More

RUN strongly endorses Universities Australia policy statement 28/02/13

The Regional Universities Network (RUN) strongly endorses the Universities Australia policy statement, A Smarter Australia, released on February 27. > More

RUN welcomes Professor Sandra Harding as incoming Chair of Universities Australia 27/02/13

The Regional Universities Network has welcomed the announcement of Professor Sandra Harding, Vice-Chancellor of James Cook University, as Universities Australia's incoming Chair. > More

Regional Australia must be part of Innovation Precincts 18/02/13

Regional universities are ideally placed to play an important role in the Federal Government's planned Innovation Precincts, according to the Regional Universities Network. > More

RUN thanks Senator Evans for his commitment to regional universities 03/02/13

The outgoing Minister for Tertiary Education, Science, Skills, and Research, Senator Chris Evans, showed a real commitment to regional universities, according to the Regional Universities Network. > More

RUN disappointed at the Government's response to the Base Funding Review 29/01/13

The Federal Government has failed to take a long-term view in its minimalist response to the Base Funding Review released on January 28, according to the Chair of the Regional Universities Network. > More

Future Forum highlights pivotal role of regional universities 07/12/12

The enrichment provided by regional universities to their regions, communities and local industry, and their fundamental role in education, research, and innovation, is the focus of the ABC Future Forum television program The Clever Country - can universities meet the challenges facing regional Australia? > More

Regional Universities Network shows strength in strategic research 06/12/12

The latest Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2012 results confirm the strength of research undertaken by members of the Regional Universities Network (RUN) in areas of strategic importance. > More

Solution to urban productivity, invest in the regions 04/12/12

The Regional Universities Network (RUN) believes that more investment in the regions is one solution to Australia's ever growing urban sprawl which is hitting productivity, according to its Chair, Professor David Battersby. > More

RUN welcomes focus on impact of research 30/11/12

The Regional Universities Network (RUN) believes the development of new impact measures will be a step forward in our assessment of the value of research, according to its Chair, Professor David Battersby. > More

Outputs are the best measure of higher education quality, not inputs: Regional Universities Network 29/11/12

A tendency to focus on some limited measures of inputs–such as student eligibility criteria and offer acceptance rates–rather than the end results of tertiary study, does not provide a particularly useful or robust measure of the quality of higher education, according to the Regional Universities Network. > More

Regional universities pool resources to unlock powerful opportunities 14/11/12

In an Australian first, a group of regional universities will collaborate in a range of new ways, greatly expanding the choices available to students and staff. > More

RUN welcomes Government's AsiaBound announcement 01/11/12

The Regional Universities Network (RUN) has welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research, Senator Chris Evans, that under the AsiaBound scheme more than 10,000 Australian students will receive grants to study in Asia and thousands more will have access to student loans. > More

RUN supports student engagement with Asia 29/10/12

The Regional Universities Network (RUN) welcomes the Government's announcement that every Australian university will be encouraged to send students to universities in Asia to ensure that the next generation of Australian leaders are Asia-literate. > More

RUN universities responding to a changing environment 24/10/12

The Regional Universities Network (RUN) has responded to the challenges identified in the Ernst and Young report 'University of the Future', which contends that broad based teaching and research institutions will be unviable in all but a few cases over the next 10-15 years. > More

RUN welcomes preservation of indexation by Federal Government 23/10/12

The Regional Universities Network (RUN) has welcomed the announcement by the Federal Government today that indexation to university sector funding would be preserved and that there would be no changes to the demand-driven system. > More

RUN universities build links in teaching and learning 09/10/12

The Regional Universities Network (RUN) will hold a major workshop at Southern Cross University's Gold Coast Campus on Friday, 12 October, to grow further collaboration in teaching and learning. > More

RUN universities excel in Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citations 19/09/12

Academic, teaching and professional staff from Regional Universities Network (RUN) members has excelled in the 2012 Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC). > More

RUN welcomes Behrendt Report on Indigenous higher education 16/09/12

The Regional Universities Network (RUN) has welcomed the release of the Higher Education Access and Outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People report, chaired by Professor Larissa Behrendt. > More

Good Universities Guide Confirms Strong Performance by RUN Universities 07/09/12

The 2013 edition of the Good Universities Guide has confirmed the strength of the Regional University Network (RUN) universities in access and equity, entry flexibility, and the educational experience. > More

RUN to outline plans at Regional Tertiary Education Conference 28/08/12

The Regional Universities Network (RUN) will outline plans to grow its contribution to regional Australia at the second annual Regional Tertiary Education Conference at the University of the Sunshine Coast on 30 to 31 August. > More

RUN Welcomes Regional Focus in Prime Minister's Manufacturing Taskforce 20/08/12

The Regional Universities Network (RUN) has welcomed the recognition of the importance of manufacturing in regional Australia, as emphasised in the 16 August report of the non-government members of the Prime Minister's Manufacturing Taskforce. > More

Grattan Report Takes Narrow View of Public Benefit 13/08/12

The Regional Universities Network (RUN) considers that the approach to public benefit used in the Grattan Report, Graduate Winners: Assessing the public and private benefits of education, is limited and does not take account of the contribution of graduates to regional or national development. > More

RUN Forms Network of Regional Development Researchers 18/07/12

The Regional Universities Network (RUN) will hold a major workshop at Southern Cross University's Gold Coast Campus on 19 to 20 July to build capacity and collaboration between its members in research and community engagement. > More

RUN values Australian science 24/05/12

The Regional Universities Network (RUN) is committed to playing its part in lifting the interest and education of students in science and maths, an issue raised in the Chief Scientist's report Health of Australian Science released on 23 May. > More

RUN welcomes 2012-13 Tertiary Education, Science and Research Budget 09/05/12

The Regional Universities Network (RUN) welcomes the Federal Government's 2012-13 tertiary education, science and research budget which shows an increased commitment to the university sector. > More

RUN assists disadvantaged students 24/04/12

RUN's universities continue to provide increasing support for low socio-economicbackground students, according to results released by the Federal Minister for TertiaryEducation, Skills, Science and Research on 23 April. > More

RUN urges further development of MyUniversity website 03/04/12

The MyUniversity website launched by Federal Minister Chris Evans today is welcome but it needs further development, according to the Regional Universities Network (RUN). > More

Regional Universities Network welcomes government response to Inquiry into Rural and Regional Education 26/03/12

The Regional Universities Network (RUN) today welcomed the Australian Government's response to the Senate inquiry into rural and regional access to secondary and tertiary education opportunities. > More

Skills for Australians package an opportunity for regional Australia 21/03/12

The Skills for Australians package announced by the Federal Government this week will provide important education and training opportunities for regional Australians, according to the Regional Universities Network (RUN). > More

RUN to launch its website 14/03/12

The Regional Universities Network (RUN) will launch its website tomorrow, 15 March. > More

RUN welcomes Federal support for regional students and universities 13/03/12

The Regional Universities Network (RUN) welcomes the Federal Government's support for regional university students. > More

Regional universities continue to grow 05/03/12

Regional Australia is experiencing dynamic growth and regional universities are educating an increasing number of regional Australians. > More

RUN welcomes Regional Australia Institute 01/03/12

The Regional Universities Network (RUN) welcomes the establishment of the Regional Australia Institute by the Federal Government and acknowledges the important role of Independents Rob Oakeshott and Tony Windsor in its formation. > More

Base funding review 'should address underfunding' 01/03/12

Areas of underfunding such as the visual and performing arts should receive increased funding, according to the Regional Universities Network (RUN) in its submission to the base funding review. > More

RUN Executive Director begins appointment 14/02/12

Dr Caroline Perkins, the inaugural Executive Director of the Regional Universities Network (RUN), has begun her appointment this week.Professor David Battersby, inaugural Chair of RUN and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ballarat, said Dr Perkins will be an outstanding advocate for regional universities throughout Australia. > More