In just one year, Uni Hub Spencer Gulf has more than doubled the number of students enrolled in local university study.
Uni Hub chair Brenton Vanstone said the increase in student numbers has proven there was a strong demand in the community for locally accessible and locally supported university study.
“When Uni Hub first opened its doors in Port Pirie for the 2019 academic year, we had 24 students enrolled across five degrees. We now have 51 students studying across both Port Pirie and Port Augusta,” he said.
"Around half of Uni Hub students are school-leavers, with the other half already in the workforce and looking to upgrade their qualifications or retrain for a different career path.
“We also have a further 16 students enrolled in a university preparation program and 10 senior secondary school students studying a university subject as part of their SACE.”
Uni Hub CEO, Anita Crisp explained the degrees were delivered through Uni Hub’s partner universities and were selected by a panel of local employers to specifically help address skilled workforce shortages in the region.
“We are pleased to have CQ University delivering our Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Psychological Science, Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Social Work. Flinders University were selected to provide the Bachelor of Business, Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Education programs,” she said.
Ms Crisp said that whilst face-to-face access at the Uni Hub campuses was currently restricted in order to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, Uni Hub staff were still at work and very busy.
“We’ve actually just expanded our operation to accommodate the increase in students. We are gearing up for tutorial sessions in a couple of weeks – which will this time be delivered as interactive online sessions,” she said.
“We are also engaging some of our more senior students as mentors to help out with course specific queries our first-years might have and we’re looking at establishing local industry panels to build the connection between Uni Hub students and local employers.”
Mr Vanstone reflected that now, more than ever the Uni Hub model was proving its value to the community.
“Local access to university study, local, personalised support for our students and importantly, local jobs at the end of the degrees we offer,” he said.