2013 Archived Media

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