Residents on the Yorke Peninsula are set to benefit from a new collaboration between Uni Hub Spencer Gulf and the Yorke Peninsula Council that will improve local access to tertiary education opportunities.

The partnership will see the introduction of a one day per month Uni Hub outreach service based at the Yorke Peninsula Council office in Minlaton, providing the opportunity for people in the district to study a range of university qualifications without the need to move to Adelaide.

Uni Hub Spencer Gulf CEO Anita Kuss explained the outreach will connect and support Yorke Peninsula residents throughout their university journey, from enrolment through to graduation.

“We have a wide range of amazing career opportunities available right here in our own backyard, and now, with the support of Uni Hub, access to the tertiary study pathways straight into those careers – without having to leave home,” she said.

“The Uni Hub partners with a variety of universities to support local delivery of course that address key areas of professional skill shortage in the region.

“Academic lectures are delivered by our partner universities online, but students receive local face-to-face support with everything from initial study enquiries, enrolment processes, navigating the online learning platform, access to local tutors, coordination of residential schools and industry placements, along with connection to local employers.

“Through existing university study centres in Kadina, Port Pirie, Port Augusta, Port Lincoln and Roxby Downs, the Uni Hub already supports well over 300 students from right across the Mid North, Yorke Peninsula, Far North and Eyre Peninsula.

“We are pleased to have the chance to work more closely with smaller communities like those in the Yorke Peninsula district and appreciate the invitation and support provided by the Council to make this happen.”

Yorke Peninsula Council Mayor Darren Braund welcomed the Uni Hub outreach initiative and encouraged local young people to take advantage of this new opportunity.

“The Uni Hub’s outreach service promises to be an important addition to help those studying remotely, and those seeking more information about possible university pathways,” Mayor Braund said.

“It will offer our residents who want, or need, to remain living on the Yorke Peninsula, a human connection to help them through their studies.

“I’m very pleased that the service will be available from our Minlaton office.”

The Minlaton outreach service will begin on Wednesday, 29 May and will be available at Minlaton’s Yorke Peninsula Council office on the last Wednesday of each month.