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Supporting educational aspirations of people with disability

Friday 8 Sep 2017

People living with disability are looking to higher education as a path to engaging with meaningful activity in their community, particularly in regional areas. But can our regional universities support these aspirations?

Researchers from five universities including Charles Sturt University (CSU) are currently investigating the experiences of people with disability who aspire to complete a university course in regional Australia.

The research team is now calling for people with disability in regional areas from Wangaratta in Victoria to Port Macquarie in NSW to share their experiences of higher education, particularly those:

  • currently at high school in Years 10 and 11 and who are interested to go to university; and,
  • mature aged people who  haven't been to university but are interested in study.

Clare Wilding"We want to interview volunteers from regional communities to understand their perceptions of higher education. We are investigating the barriers for people with disability in undertaking a university course," said CSU researcher Dr Clare Wilding.

"The uptake of higher education by people with disability is lower in regional areas than for their city counterparts," Dr Wilding said.

"According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, people with disability are more likely to have lower levels of educational attainment. Furthermore, data from the bureau showed that there are more people aged 15 to 64 years living with disability in regional areas – around 18 per cent - than those living in major cities, which is 13 per cent. So we should see a higher proportion of students with disability from regional areas attending university."

"However, only two per cent of people with disability living in Australia's regional or remote areas are currently studying in higher education, compared with four per cent in a major city.

"We want to find out why this pattern is happening, and how universities, governments and the community can address the problem," she said.

As part of the project, the researchers have already surveyed and interviewed students with disability who are currently enrolled in regional universities.

"Through this research, we hope to improve access and participation in higher education by regional people with disability, particularly those from a low socio-economic background," Dr Wilding said.

The upcoming round of interviews will be conducted using media to suit the volunteer participants: by telephone, instant messaging, Skype, email or face-to-face. People wishing to participate should contact Ms Kate Freire on (02) 6051 9355 or email kfreire@csu.edu.au.

The researchers aim to complete and analyse the interviews before the end of 2017, and report final recommendations to the Federal Department of Education by the middle of 2018.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

Interviews with project researcher Dr Clare Wilding are available through CSU Media.

The research project, titled "Understanding how regionality and socioeconomic status intersect with disability", is funded by the Federal Department of Education.

The project has been approved by the CSU Human Ethics Committee, project number H17124.

Other partners in the project are Federation University in Victoria, and University of Southern Queensland, Central Queensland University and James Cook University in Queensland.

Wellness and Wellbeing Expos at CSU

Thursday 16 Mar 2017

More than two and a half thousand people are expected to attend Charles Sturt University's (CSU) 2017 Wellness and Wellbeing Expos this month.

The Expos are being held at CSU in Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Dubbo, Orange, Port Macquarie and Wagga Wagga from Tuesday 14 to 30 March.

Organisers' Ms Lisa Tuineau and Ms Melissa Lombe said that through happier, healthier and more satisfied staff and students, the University hopes to foster a productive and resilient environment.

"Charles Sturt University recognises and values the importance of staff and student wellness and wellbeing and aims to adopt a holistic approach to the treatment of workplace health and safety," Ms Tuineau said.

"Workplace research shows that problems of a personal nature can and do have adverse effects on work performance, work satisfaction, study, health and feelings of wellbeing."

The Expos will give attendees the opportunity to obtain information on numerous health and wellbeing services offered to them by CSU as well as other service providers in local communities.

Information available at the Expos includes mental health; diabetes; physical activity; financial stability; security; literacy and superannuation; student services and support; student study skills support; stress management and prevention; caring for the elderly; alcohol and drug awareness; relationships; time management and lifestyle balance; nutrition and fitness; women's and men's health and smoking cessation.

The event also includes hearing checks, free massages and flu vaccinations.

The health and wellbeing of staff and students at CSU has received a boost with sponsorship from Gallagher, Employers Mutual, G&C Mutual Bank, UniSuper and nlc.

Media Contact: Jo Mazzocchi , (02) 6933 2207

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with CSU's Ms Lisa Tuineau (0412 533 598) ltuineau@csu.edu.au or Ms Melissa Lombe (0427 833 530) mlombe@csu.edu.au 

The Wellness and Wellbeing Expos will be held at CSU in Port Macquarie Tuesday 14 March; Goulburn Thursday 16 March; Albury-Wodonga Monday 20 March; Wagga Wagga Tuesday 21 and Wednesday 22 March; Dubbo Monday 27 March; Orange    Tuesday 28 March; and Bathurst Wednesday 29 and Thursday 30 March.

Photo: Masseur Ms Taryn Boyd from Knead 2 Unwind at the Wellness and Wellbeing Expo at CSU in Wagga Wagga on Wednesday 22 March

CSU scholarship presentation ceremonies across central west

Sunday 19 Jun 2016

The 2016 scholarship ceremonies at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst, Orange and Dubbo will honour the memory and generosity of two passionate advocates for regional higher education.

The annual ceremonies celebrate the academic achievements and endeavours of current students enrolled in arts, business, education, and science courses at CSU.

This year the events have special significance as CSU Foundation Trust welcomes the receipt of a bequest of over $3 million from Carole and Stan Droder. They will be joined by other local businesses and organisations in presenting scholarships to deserving students to assist them in their studies.

The ceremonies will be held at CSU in Dubbo at 6pm Tuesday 24 May; at CSU in Orange at 10am Wednesday 25 May; and at CSU in Bathurst at 11.30am Friday 27 May.

CSU Foundation administers over 300 scholarships annually, and in 2016 more than $1.2 million in scholarships will be awarded across all CSU campuses to help students reach their full potential.

The Foundation recognises that by giving rural and regional students in Australia fair access to higher education, CSU can develop professionals who have experience in regional areas and further afield, which will help them to maintain and develop healthy local economies and vibrant communities.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

The CSU Dubbo Campus Scholarship Ceremony is at 6pm Tuesday 24 May at Lecture Theatre (room 442, Tony McGrane Place, Dubbo). The Head of Campus Dubbo, Professor Jeannie Herbert, will host the ceremony and a light supper will follow the completion of the ceremony. Twenty scholarships and prizes will be presented in Dubbo, and the recipient of the Carole and Stan Droder Scholarship in Dubbo is Ms Naomi Clark, Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary). For more information please contact Regional Relations Assistant Ms Melissa Britnell on 6885.7370 or mbritnell@csu.edu.au

The CSU Orange Campus Scholarship Ceremony is at 10am Wednesday 25 May at the Templers Mill Function Centre (building 1000). The Head of Campus Orange, Dr Heather Robinson, will host the ceremony and a light lunch will follow the completion of the ceremony. Fifteen scholarships will be presented in Orange, and the recipient of the Carole and Stan Droder Scholarship in Orange is Mr Blake Smoothy, Bachelor of Physiotherapy. For more information please contact Regional Relations Assistant Ms Margot Drake on 6365 7500 or mdrake@csu.edu.au

The CSU Bathurst Campus Scholarship Ceremony is at 11.30am Friday 27 May at the CD Blake Auditorium (building 1220, Village Drive). The Head of Campus Bathurst, Associate Professor Chika Anyanwu, will host the ceremony and a light lunch in the CD Blake Auditorium will follow the completion of the ceremony. Sixty nine scholarships and prizes will be presented in Bathurst, and the recipient of the Carole and Stan Droder Scholarship in Bathurst is Ms Jennifer Lucas, Bachelor of Criminal Justice. Approximately 250 of the University's donors, scholarship recipients and their supporters are expected to attend. For more information please contact Regional Relations Assistant Ms Olivia Wyborn on 6338 4645 or hocbathurst@csu.edu.au

CSU regional arts and culture grants now open

Friday 4 Mar 2016

Parkes School of Dance 2015Grants of up to $1,000 are now available to support regional arts and culture initiatives through Charles Sturt University's (CSU) Community-University Partnerships (CUP) Community Grants program.

CSU's CUP Rural and Regional Arts and Culture Program is open for applications from Tuesday 1 March until Thursday 31 March 2016.

The small grants program supports regional arts and culture programs including artists in residence, art shows, musical education, talks and lectures, and related activities that encourage engagement by younger people in artistic endeavours.

Previous organisations and projects that have been recipients of a CSU CUP Rural and Regional Arts and Culture Program grant include primary schools hosting local artists, unique art exhibitions, development of art education kits, student film festivals, art and creative writing workshops, dance groups and a music for all school program.

Registered community organisations may apply for a grant under this round. Applications should demonstrate how the activity will support student engagement with learning and further education. 

Estimated funding for the CUP Rural and Regional Arts and Culture Program is up to $25,000 across all CSU campus communities. Guidelines and the online application are available from the CSU website.

Media Contact: Polly McDougall, (02) 6933 4565

Media Note:

CSU Heads of Campus are available for interview regarding the CSUCUP Rural and Regional Arts and Culture Program.

Please contact CSU Media to arrange an interview with your nearest Head of Campus.

Photo: Parkes School of Dance 2015, credit GTR Productions.

CSU study advisers to visit capital cities and regional towns

Thursday 4 Feb 2016

Peter GreeningCharles Sturt University (CSU) study advisers will visit cities and towns across Australia in the coming weeks to provide in-person assistance to its online students.

CSU Outreach team manager Mr Peter Greening (pictured) said, "The University's outreach visits are free for current Charles Sturt University students studying online, and  are designed to assist them to be  successful in their studies. We hold both group and one-to-one sessions with students to provide advice and guidance about online learning, orientation to the University, effective reading skills, note taking, time management, and assignment writing."

Student liasion officers Ms Diane Middleton, Ms Lois Watt and Ms Amisha Gaundar from the Outreach Team will visit towns from Monday 8 February until Wednesday 23 March. The full schedule of towns and visit dates can be found on the CSU Outreach Team website, and to book a place at an event, students are asked to please register on http://bit.ly/csu-outreach or email deoutreach@csu.edu.au.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with CSU Outreach team manager Mr Peter Greening.

CSU Outreach advisers at five campus towns

Wednesday 18 Feb 2015

CSU Bathurst gateway 5 flagsThe Charles Sturt University (CSU) Outreach team advisers will be at the University's main campuses next week to help distance education students get the most from their CSU experience. The advisers will be available on specific dates from Monday 23 to Friday 27 February at CSU campuses in Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Dubbo, Orange and Wagga Wagga. Manager of the CSU Outreach team, Mr James Brann, said, "The University's outreach visits are free for current Charles Sturt University distance education students, and  are designed to assist them to be  successful in their studies. We hold both group and one-to-one sessions with students to provide advice and guidance about online learning, orientation to CSU, effective reading skills, note taking, time management, and assignment writing." The schedule for CSU Outreach adviser availability is:

Albury-Wodonga: Student liasion officer Ms Lois Watt from the Team will be available at CSU in Albury-Wodonga on Monday 23, Tuesday 24, and Wednesday 25 February. To book a place in Albury, students are asked to please register here (scroll down to Albury).

Bathurst: Mr James Brann will host sessions at CSU in Bathurst on Tuesday 24 February. To book a place in Bathurst students are asked to please register here.

Dubbo: Student liasion officer Ms Emma Gersbach will be available at CSU in Dubbo on Monday 23, Tuesday 24 and Wednesday 25 February. To book a place in Dubbo students are asked to register here (scroll down to Dubbo).

Orange: Mr James Brann will host sessions on Friday 27 February. To book a place in Orange students, please register here.

Wagga Wagga: Student liasion officer Ms Diane Middleton will be available on Tuesday 24 to Thursday 26 February. To book a place in Wagga Wagga, students are asked to please register here (scroll down to Wagga Wagga).

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Mr James Brann.

CSU hosts international Practice-Based Education Summit

Friday 4 Apr 2014

The Education For Practice Institute (EFPI) at Charles Sturt University (CSU) will host the fourth international Practice-Based Education (PBE) Summit at Sydney Olympic Park on Wednesday 9 and Thursday 10 April. Academics from North America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, New Zealand and Australia will consider and debate higher education issues under the theme, 'The promises of university education: Blending, including and integrating for future practice'. The Summit consists of keynote addresses, plenary and panel sessions and research presentations. Summit chair, Associate Professor Franziska Trede, said, "The unique contribution that the Summit makes to professional education and practice-based education is that it addresses contemporary philosophical, theoretical and practical issues and brings together researchers, lecturers and managers to robustly debate challenges and opportunities to enhance the future of university education." CSU Pro Vice-Chancellor (Student Learning) Professor Sandra Wills will deliver the opening address, and CSU Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Vann will deliver the closing address.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:
Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Associate Professor Franziska Trede, the Deputy Director of the CSU Education for Practice Institute. The fourth international Practice-Based Education (PBE) Summit will be held at the SP Jain School of Global Management, 5 Figtree Drive, Sydney Olympic Park on Wednesday 9 and Thursday 10 April. The Summit is sponsored by the Australian Council for Education Research (ACER), Sense Publishers, and the CSU Research Institute for Professional Practice, Learning and Education (RIPPLE).

More sparkle for CSU wine

Tuesday 24 Dec 2013

wine

Charles Sturt University's (CSU) 2009 Reserve Sparkling has ended 2013 on a high by winning yet another award. It has won a Gold Medal in the Sparkling Wine Class at the Sydney International Wine Challenge in December. The wine won the Best Sparkling Trophy and Gold Medal at the 2013 Boutique Wine Awards in September and the Best Sparkling Trophy at the 2013 Cowra Wine Show in August. The 70 per cent Pinot Noir, 30 per cent Chardonnay blend is bottle fermented in the traditional method and made from fruit grown in the cool climate of Tumbarumba. Read more about the award-winning sparkling here. The 2009 Reserve Sparkling is available from the CSU Winery Cellar Doors at Orange and Wagga Wagga or online here.  You can reach the University's Cellar Doors here.

Media Contact: Fiona Halloran, (02) 6933 2207

Media Note:

Merry Christmas

Tuesday 24 Dec 2013

The Charles Sturt University (CSU) Media team would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and safe New Year. The University is closed from 12.30pm Tuesday 24 December and re-opens on Thursday 2 January 2014.

Media Contact: Fiona Halloran, (02) 6933 2207

Media Note:

CSU students attend first Islam conference

Tuesday 10 Dec 2013

The Islamic Students Association of Riverina (ISAR) recently attended the inaugural Australasian Conference on Islam, co-hosted by CSU's Centre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation and the Islamic Sciences and Research Academy of Australia. Members of the Club were interested to attend the event to get an insight of the Australian culture in context of Islam. Club President Mr Syed Haris Omar said, "It was a great platform to meet many dignitaries and high profile speakers." Club Secretary Ms Saba Nabi said, "The Club participated in the Conference as an induction for next year's Orientation for the newly arrived international students at Charles Sturt University. When international students arrive in Australia, especially those from a Muslim country, they can be confused about myths associated with Australia. This Conference really helped us to develop our plan to assist the commencing students. Australia is a great multi-cultural country where you have equal right to live and express your opinions and some of the Conference speakers shared some fantastic personnel experiences of living in Australia." Read more about the Conference here.

Media Contact: Fiona Halloran, (02) 6933 2207

Media Note:
Photo from right: MD Salehin (Islamic Students Association of Riverina ISAR Treasurer), CSU Chancellor Mr Lawrie Willett, AO, Professor James Haire, Muhammed Kamran (ISAR Vice-President), Saba Nabi (ISAR Secretary) , Syed Haris Omar (ISAR President) , CSU academic Dr Tanveer Zia.

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