The Story

The Country Universities Centre (CUC) is a not-for-profit organisation, established with the aim of making tertiary education more accessible for regional and remote communities in New South Wales.

Regional youth participate in tertiary education is less than half the rate of their metropolitan counterparts, with the gap widening further in recent years. One of the biggest challenges faced by regional and remote students is the absence of a ‘campus’ environment and its associated support and benefits. The Country Universities Centre is based on a model which delivers supported learning to these students, providing them with access to campus-level technology, facilities, tutors and a network of fellow students.

The NSW Government has recently provided the Country Universities Centre with funding to establish more affiliated Centre’s in regional locations. With this funding, the Country Universities Centre is creating a network of Centre’s in regional towns, creating higher education opportunities to communities like Broken Hill and the Far West region. The Country Universities Centre Far West is governed locally, and is empowered with the flexibly to adapt to fit our community needs. CUC Far West Far West has received local support from Regional Development Australia Far West and the Broken Hill, Community Credit Union.

OUR VISION

The vision of the Country Universities Centre Far West is to facilitate, deliver, promote and provide access to university education, we aim to:

  • Serve as the primary point of contact for the delivery of university education in the Far West region.
  • Facilitate and promote education and career pathways between schools, vocational education and training providers, universities and industry.
  • Coordinate and support research and partnerships, especially those which assist in the sustainable development of the region.
  • Advocate in the best interests of regional students.
  • Promote and assist lifelong learning and raise community aspirations.

FAQs

Can I study at the CUC Far West?

If you are enrolled with  Australian University, studying online, and live in the Far West – Yes

How much does it cost to join?

There are no fees for registration. There are minimal costs associated with the printing facilities on a cost recovery basis

How do I register to use the centre?

Contact the Centre Manager by phone, email or by visiting the centre. Complete the registration form and a 5 minute orientation to the features on the facility.

Danielle Keenan
Phone: 0457 327 937
Email: danielle.keenan@cucfarwest.org.au
Address: 318-324 Crystal Street
Broken Hill NSW 2880

What assistance is there for me as a lone student?

A Centre Manager is on hand to assist with academic skills, university procedures (such as enrolment) and services, technological expertise and learning platforms.

The Centre offers:

  • Appropriately skilled locals providing academic and study skills workshops to all students.
  • Technology, printing, scanning, software and internet access
  • An environment for learning and study, and interaction with other undergraduate and postgraduate students facing similar experiences and challenges and social activities to provide a “campus” feel.
Why would I use the centre when I can study at home?

The Centre provides students with Access to localised high-speed technology and campus-like facilities with extended opening hours, access to a broad range of university degree pathways, strong tutorial and support networks, ability to source mentors through CUC’s industry partnerships.

What are the facilities of the centre?
  • Study Room with 7 computers, 11 hot desk
  • Lecture Room with VC facilities and seating for 12
  • Tutorial room with VC facilities and seating for 10
  • Meeting room with VC facilities
  • Wireless internet access throughout and charging points for BYO devices
  • Printing, photocopying, scanning and fax facilities
  • Mobile interactive Whiteboard
  • Display boards and Community noticeboard
  • Kitchen with fridge, microwave, dishwasher, oven and tea/coffee facilities.
  • Dining area and booth seating
  • Breakout common area with tables and chairs
  • Courtyard with outdoor furniture and Wi-Fi access
  • Exam invigilation
Opening hours? Is it staffed?

The Centre is staffed Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm by our Centre Manager. Students who register to access the Centre receive a swipe card allowing centre access 7.00am – Midnight seven days a week.

JOIN OUR COMMUNITY

At the Country Universities Centre, we work with communities to bring higher education degrees closer.