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Equity and access at heart of greater investment in regional study hubs

25 March 2024

The Australian Technology Network of Universities (ATN) believes today’s announcement of 10 new Regional University Study Hubs is another significant step in the overall delivery of a fairer, more equitable tertiary education system.

ATN Interim Executive Director, Frank Coletta, said the decision by the Albanese Government will elevate access to higher education for students across rural and remote parts of Australia, who might otherwise struggle to gain entry.

“This boost to regional study is an important step in ensuring our collective goal of increased participation. It will help more students access higher education in Australia, regardless of where they live,” he said.

Today’s announcement of 10 new study hubs adds to the 34 already in place across the country.

Mr Coletta said the study hubs are crucial in providing access for a range of potential students including First Nations students, students with disability, those from lower socio-economic backgrounds, along with providing for people who are hoping to be first in family to undertake study at university.

“ATN has long advocated for a fairer university system and investments like this provide greater and more equal opportunities for students not only to participate but also, to succeed. We look forward to hearing more of the rollout of game-changing reforms which were outlined in the recent Universities Accord recommendations,” he added. 

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Sophie Griffin (Manager, Media and Communications) m: 0481 177 294 e: sophie.griffin@atn.edu.au