Uni Hub Spencer Gulf is a not-for-profit, community-owned and driven tertiary education facility that brings educational opportunities to people in the Spencer Gulf region. The Port Pirie campus opened in 2019 with the Port Augusta campus expected to open in 2020. The hub has an independent board made up of regional leaders.
Uni Hub Spencer Gulf provides the opportunity for people to study a range of tertiary courses without the need to relocate to a metropolitan area.
By working closely with industry, the community, schools and tertiary providers, the hub offers tertiary courses that address skill shortages in the region, with a vision to grow our own competitive, vibrant and self-reliant economy and community.
Uni Hub Spencer Gulf hub provides students with the support, space, and technology to study individually or in groups. Students studying with our university partners also receive face-to-face mentoring and tutorials to assist them achieve their academic goals.
The hub is available to all students studying university – including those not studying through Uni Hub Spencer Gulf’s university partners.
Our purpose is to provide a community owned, multi-provider tertiary education Hub in our region to develop a skilled local workforce to meet the region's industry needs in Port Pirie, Port Augusta and the greater region.
The history behind the Uni Hub
In 2012 the South Australia Centre for Economic Studies highlighted that education is the foundation for growth, innovation and entrepreneurship in the Spencer Gulf. By 2014 Strategic Economic Solutions further highlighted that a lack of scientific and technical expertise in the region was a barrier to future growth.
With these findings the Upper Spencer Gulf Education Committee was formed to assess the skills gap and preferred education models that would benefit the region the most.
During 2017 a National Expression of Interest for tertiary partners was conducted and the Upper Spencer Gulf Common Purpose Group submitted a grant application (to the Government) for a tertiary study centre.
In 2018 the funding was approved, resources appointed and partnerships made with three Universities and TafeSA. The Port Pirie campus opened in 2019 with the Port Augusta campus expected to open in 2020.
How the Uni Hub was established
The Spencer Gulf Cities of Port Pirie, Port Augusta and Whyalla secured $1.1 million funding from the Australian Government’s Regional Job and Investment Package to establish local tertiary education opportunities for the region.
Partnerships with The University of Adelaide, Flinders University, CQUniversity Australia, TAFE SA as well as industry, education and government organisations were established. Courses will be provided online by our tertiary education partners with the assistance of local Uni Hub support services, regional industry and lecturers.