2014 Archived Media

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