|Motto||For the public good|
|Campus||Urban and rural|
|Affiliations||Regional Universities Network|
Charles Sturt University is an Australian multi-campus public university located in New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory and Victoria. Established in 1989, it was named in honour of Captain Charles Napier Sturt, a British explorer who made expeditions into regional New South Wales and South Australia.
Charles Sturt offers undergraduate, postgraduate, higher degrees by research and single subject study. It also has course delivery partnerships with several TAFE institutions across the country and the New South Wales Police Force.
The history of Charles Sturt University dates to 1895, with the establishment of the Bathurst Experiment Farm. Formed progressively through the merge of regional institutions in south-western and western NSW, the university was established on 1 July 1989 from the merger of several existing separately-administered Colleges of Advanced Education.
This included the Mitchell College of Advanced Education in Bathurst, the Riverina-Murray Institute of Higher Education in Albury-Wodonga and the Riverina College of Advanced Education in Wagga Wagga, through the enactment of The Charles Sturt University Act 1989 (Act No. 76, 1989). It is named in honour of explorer Charles Napier Sturt.
On 1 January 1970, the Mitchell College of Advanced Education was formed. The Riverina Murray Institute of Education campus in Wagga Wagga and Albury-Wodonga had operated since 1984. The latter institution had earlier succeeded the Riverina College of Advanced Education, which was itself the result of an even earlier merger between Wagga Agricultural College and the Wagga Wagga Teachers College.
In 1995, Charles Sturt University became the first university to build a website and start delivering online classes. By 1999, every online subject had specialised online support.
In 1998, Charles Sturt established the first Study Centre in Sydney and then in Melbourne in 2007. These study centres were operated by a private education group called Study Group Australia.
The Goulburn campus was established to deliver policing education for New South Wales Police.
In 1999, the Dubbo campus foundation stone was laid. The university also launched its China Joint Cooperation Program with four universities in China.
On 1 January 2005, Charles Sturt formalised moves to assume control of the University of Sydney’s Orange campus, which came into force on 1 January 2005. Between 2005 and 2015, the university had expanded to include an offshore campus in Burlington, Ontario, in Canada. On July 2015, Charles Sturt ceased to operate its Ontario campus due to the legislative and regulatory environment in Ontario.
In 2005, Charles Sturt responded to the shortage of veterinarians in rural and regional Australia with the first vet science students starting their degrees at the Wagga Wagga campus. And in 2008, the university also offered dentistry courses for the first time. This led to the development of five community-based clinics across its regional campuses.
On 14 February 2011 Charles Sturt University changed its logo. The Sturt's desert pea flower (Swainsona formosa) was stylised and made prominent, with the full name of the university as part of its logo.
On 1 May 2012, a milestone was reached as the university opened a new campus in Port Macquarie, its first coastal regional campus, making higher education accessible to the Port Macquarie and the Hastings region.
In 2013, the university implemented a gas engine cogeneration power plant to help minimise fuel costs and carbon emissions.
On 18 April 2016, staff and students at the Port Macquarie campus moved into stage one of their purpose-built campus. The second stage was completed in 2020 and included a NSW emergency services training room, innovation hub and student support facilities. The third stage is scheduled for completion over the coming years with an expected student intake of 5000 by 2030.
On 28 July 2016, Charles Sturt was declared Australia's First Official Carbon Neutral University. The Australian Government's Carbon Neutral Program certified the university as "carbon neutral" against the National Carbon Offset Standard.
On 9 May 2018, Charles Sturt and Western Sydney University announced a partnership with the Australian Government's network, to establish the Murray-Darling Medical School, providing Joint Medical Programs across the Murray-Darling Basin Region. Charles Sturt's teaching base was established at the university's Orange campus to extend on the existing Western Sydney University program.
In May 2019, for its 30th anniversary, the university announced its new brand and visual identity . This included a new crest that draws on the original coat of arms and the logos of its predecessor institutions. The crest's design includes patterns that draw on the culture and symbolism of First Nations Australians and echoes the landscapes of regional NSW.
On 29 May 2019, Charles Sturt University announced it joined the Regional Universities Network (RUN), becoming the seventh member of the group.
In March 2021, Charles Sturt University's first medical students commenced study at the university's Orange campus, as part of the Joint Program in Medicine with Western Sydney University. The Joint Program in Medicine is designed to train doctors in the regions to help address the shortfall in rural and regional medical professionals.
In November 2021, the university announced its partnerships with Axiom Connected, IBM Australia, Marathon Health and Transgrid. Leading international tech company Axiom Connected established its Australian headquarters at the university’s Port Macquarie campus, creating opportunities for students and staff to deliver positive economic benefits to the region. Charles Sturt and IBM will grow digital skills and tech talent in regional NSW. The centrepiece of this partnership is the proposed creation of a new IBM Client Innovation Centre, with its regional hub based in Bathurst. The partnership with Marathon Health will benefit allied health services in regional Australia, with opportunities for work placements and graduate employment.
Charles Sturt University has six main campuses in Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Dubbo, Orange, Port Macquarie, and Wagga Wagga.
The Albury-Wodonga campus was designed with sustainability in mind and is situated on the border of NSW and Victoria. There is a strong focus on environmental sciences, education, business and allied health at this campus.
The Bathurst campus is home to engineering, communication, education, laws and a broad range of health degrees, including paramedicine and exercise science.
The Dubbo campus offers social work, nursing, and preparation courses with a focus on delivering education to First Nations students.
The Orange campus offers courses with a strong focus in allied health, medical sciences, dentistry, medicine, and pharmacy.
The Port Macquarie campus is the university's newest and first coastal, regional campus. Course offerings at the campus continue to expand as the university's presence in the Mid-North Coast grows.
Situated on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River, the Wagga Wagga campus is the university's agricultural and sciences hub. Students can also study a range of animal and veterinary sciences, education, business, allied health, information technology, and humanities degrees.
Charles Sturt University has three main faculties, each offering a range of courses and discipline opportunities. Each faculty comprises a number of schools and centres for specific areas of study and research:
The faculty's arts discipline covers performing and visual arts, art history, communications, history, human services, First Nations studies, literature, philosophy, sociology, and theology. The education side of the faculty offers a range of courses in teacher education, and information and library studies. Schools and centres include:
This faculty brings together a range of courses in areas of business, justice and behavioural sciences disciplines. The justice side of the faculty covers policing, security, law, customs, excise and border management. The behavioural science discipline offers psychology courses. Schools and centres facilitated include:
The science faculty is one of the most broadly based scientific academic concentrations in Australasia. Schools include:
Charles Sturt University offers courses across the following career areas:
Charles Sturt University libraries operate at its main campuses, offering thousands of digital and physical resources for study, teaching and research. The libraries offer 24/7 access to eBooks, eJournals, encyclopaedias, multimedia resources and courses readings through Primo Search. The libraries also provide online library workshops, library resource guides and video tutorials.
Charles Sturt University has the highest graduate employment rate in Australia. More than 84.6 per cent of undergraduates find full-time employment within four months of graduating. The Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) 2021 Graduate Outcomes Survey (GOS) – Longitudianl found 93.9 per cent of Charles Sturt University undergraduates were in full-time employment three years after graduation. The survey also found that 95.2 per cent of the university's postgraduate coursework graduates were in full-time employment three years after graduation.
In 2021, Charles Sturt University was named in the top 10 per cent of universities worldwide for climate action by the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings.
Charles Sturt University was the first carbon neutral university in Australia and the institution continues to focus on creating a sustainable future. On 28 July 2016, the institution was certified as ‘carbon neutral’ by the National Carbon Offset Standard – Carbon Neutral Program, administered by the Federal Department of the Environment and Energy.
The university has nearly 16,000 solar panels installed across its campuses – enough to power for than 2000 homes. More than 22,000 native trees have been planted across its campuses since 2010.
In 2020, Professor Stan Grant Jnr commenced a new role at Charles Sturt as the Vice-Chancellor's Chair of Australian-Indigenous Belonging. Professor Grant Jnr was appointed Chair of Indigenous Affairs in 2016. He has decades of experience as an educator, journalist and film producer to explore and answer questions of belonging, home, history and identity.
In 2014, Charles Sturt announced a new Graduate Certificate in Wiradjuri Language, Culture and Heritage to help Wiradjuri and non-Wiradjuri people preserve the community's language for future generations. The Wiradjuri people were the First Nations peoples of the Central West and western slopes and plains region of NSW.
Charles Sturt University conducts research across many disciplines, including agricultural and veterinary science; education; biological, environmental and chemical sciences; ethics and philosophy.
Charles Sturt works collaboratively on many research projects with all levels of government and industry, including its Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs). The university is involved with four CRCs: Food and Agility, High Performance Soils, Cyber Security, and National Marine Bioproducts Research Centre. The centres are a Federal Government initiative to solve industry problems, while also improving competitiveness and sustainability. The university aims to achieve this through collaborations between industry, research and community sectors.
In 2020, three Charles Sturt academics were acknowledged as leading Australian researchers in their field. Professor Sharynne McLeod was named as a leader in the field of audiology, speech and language pathology for the third year in a row. Professor in Applied Ecology Geoff Gurr and Professor in Entrepreneurship Morgan Miles were also named as field leaders.
In 2017, it was announced that a Charles Sturt academic had contributed to Nobel Prize winning research. Dr Philip Charlton, a senior lecturer in mathematics and member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration team, contributed to research that resulted in the 2017 Nobel Prize for the detection of gravitational waves.
Students at Charles Sturt University are represented by Charles Sturt University Student Senate – formerly the CSU Students' Association (CSUSA). Charles Sturt's Student Senate is the overarching university student body and comprises the following affiliates:
The Charles Sturt University Football Club at Bathurst was formed under the name of Bathurst Teachers College in 1963, making it one of the oldest football clubs within Bathurst. The club changed its name multiple times to match the educational institute, gaining its current name when Mitchell College was rebranded to Charles Sturt University.
Charles Sturt University is governed by a 16-member Council, whose members include the Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor. Dr Michele Allan, a company director, food industry and agribusiness specialist, with an academic background in biomedical science, management and law, is the current and third Chancellor of the university since 3 December 2014; and Professor Renée Leon became the fifth Vice-Chancellor on 1 September 2021.
Main article: List of Charles Sturt University people
Members of Charles Sturt University alumni include notable TV presenters Andrew Denton, Amanda Keller, Latika Bourke and Hamish Macdonald.