2015 Archived Media

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


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