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New champion for the regions

6 December 2021 The Regional Universities Network (RUN) has long advocated for an independent champion for regional, rural and remote education, and is thrilled with the announcement that Fiona Nash is the inaugural Regional Education Commissioner. Fiona has previously served as the Minister for Regional Development and Minister for Regional Communication, and most recently served …

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RUN welcomes announcement of Additional Student Places

5 December 2021 The Regional Universities Network (RUN) welcomes today’s commitment from the Australian Labor Party of an additional 20,000 commencing Commonwealth Supported Places. RUN’s Executive Director, Alec Webb, said that today’s announcement would enable regional universities to meet increasing levels of regional student demand. “Thousands more commencing Commonwealth Supported Places would be a welcome …

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RUN welcomes the return of international students

22 November 2021 The Regional Universities Network (RUN) welcomes today’s announcement of exemption free travel for international students and other eligible visa holders to Australia from 1 December. “The decision from the Australian Government to allow fully vaccinated international students, skilled workers and eligible vias holders exemption free travel from December 1 will be appreciated …

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The Regional Universities Network calls for infrastructure funding

2 November 2021 By Alec Webb, Executive Director As the often misquoted line from the 1989 film Field of Dreams goes: “build it and they will come”. In the case of Australia’s regional universities, this line – misquoted or not – is an inescapable truth. Built they were, and come they did. Students, academics, administrators …

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RUN leading the way in regional engagement excellence

27 October 2021 Regional University Network (RUN) members have showcased their excellence in engagement, with three member universities placing as finalists in the 2021 Engagement Australia Excellence Awards. CQUniversity (CQU), University of New England (UNE) and University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) have made the finals for the Awards, which identify and celebrate the most …

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RUN Bid Wins Regional Research Collaboration Fund

7 September 2021 Researchers from the Regional Universities Network have secured funding to address regional mental health challenges, under the recently announced Regional Research Collaboration fund, which aims to enhance the research capacity of regional universities. Led by Professor Myfanwy Maple from the University of New England and in collaboration with RUN universities, the project, The Regional …

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RUN Conference Returns

30 August 2021 The Regional Universities Network (RUN) has announced the return of the RUN Conference in 2021, which will explore how regional universities build and sustain regional communities. RUN21 will be a fully online conference, held on Thursday, 16 September and Friday, 17 September from 12-2pm both days. RUN’s executive director, Mr Alec Webb, …

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New Executive Director for RUN

Following a competitive global recruitment search, the Regional Universities Network (RUN) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Alec Webb as its new Executive Director. Mr Webb, who most recently served as the Head of Policy and Member Engagement at London Higher, a place-based university network representing over 40 higher education institutions, comes with …

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RUN welcomes opportunity to contribute to the development of an International Education Strategy

The Regional Universities Network (RUN) welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the development of the Australian Government’s International Education Strategy, as announced on March 31.  The chair of RUN, Professor Nick Klomp, said that international students were an integral part of the diverse student mix sought by regional universities.  “Rather than using revenue from international students to fund research, many regional universities have largely used the funds to support the …

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