MRSH News: March 2020 edition
Online study is best method amidst COVID-19

As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation unfolds, our highest priority is the safety of our students, staff and visitors. The Study Hub team is taking active, precautionary measures as needed to protect the health and wellbeing of our university community.

This means we are making decisions in line with advice from key national health agencies and the State and Federal Government .

For now, the Hub will continue to operate as normal, and our academic calendar is unchanged - however, we advise you to keep up-to-date with any further developments across our Facebook and Instagram pages.

In order to reduce the rates of infection across our campus facilities, we have implemented extra hygiene measures. We will be regularly disinfecting surfaces and high contact areas, and following social distancing protocols where possible 
(maintain at least 1.5 metres, or 5 feet, distance between yourself and others where possible).

Unless it's necessary to visit a campus (ie. for use of technology such as computers, Wi-Fi or other resources unavailable elsewhere), we recommend making arrangements to study from home, especially if you are feeling unwell.

However, if you do need to use our facilities, please practice good hygiene to protect yourself and others. See more here.

On a positive note, our courses are primary focused around studying from home and set up to be readily accessible online. So even in extreme isolation measures, students can continue their studies seamlessly and flexibly, using the resources and support they've always had as part of the hub.

Further you can still maintain access to our student advisers by phone and email (5 days a week) if you have any concerns.

If you are already studying via the hub, you will have likely started to knuckle down as the first semester begins. Otherwise, it's a good time for future students to begin figuring out their pathways.

Lastly - it's important for everyone to play a part in our response by practicing good hygiene while we keep ourselves informed about any changing advice.

If you suspect you may have or have been exposed to COVID-19, you must not come to our facilities, but instead self-isolate (in line with federal requirements) and seek medical advice. More details on this can be found here.
First open days a success in Riverland and Murraylands

Last month, we hosted our first Open Days in the Riverland and Murraylands, giving students (newly-enrolled or prospective) the chance to explore their career pathways through the hub, sit down with skilled career development advisors, talk to leaders from CQUni and Flinders Uni, and hear from successful local alumni.

We're glad to report, both events went exceptionally well, with more than 80 people attending from across the region, including mostly curious attendees taking the time to consider whether online university study was for them.

We heard from a panel of local business owners including, Shaun Williams, partner of accounting firm We All Count, Courtney Blacker, owner/director of Commshake Media + Engagement, and Steve Walker from Kookaburra Homes. The panel gave advice to high school students on their uni experiences, coming back to work in the regions, and the value a uni degree can bring to your career. Read more here.

If you missed out on attending, you can still contact our experienced student advisors who can provide support, or help set you on the best pathway to your degree.
Doubled down on determination; Stacey earns two degrees AND dream career
"[The Study Hub] would’ve saved me so much time and travel, even if I could’ve studied for one to two days from there, or dialled in to some teleconferences from the local campus, it would’ve made a huge difference to my life during uni."
We're on a roll with the third instalment of our Careers Right Here campaign. Stacey Kempe's (pictured) incredible story will give you a huge kick of motivation to pursue career progression.

Through perseverance and determination, she worked her way towards a Masters degree in Occupational Therapy AND a Bachelor of Health Science. Stacey proves it's worth sticking through hard times and picking yourself up after challenging moments.

Now back living and working in the Murraylands, Stacey is living out her dream role as a fully-qualifed Occupational Therapist, and reaping all of the rewards that come from a degree - a good wage, career development opportunities and the occupation you're truly passionate about.

If you're serious about finding a pathway that will get you on the track to your dream role, our Hub gives you access to experienced career development advisors that can guide you through your options.

Do you have a similar story to share, or know someone who has? Get in touch and tell us about it here.
Read Stacey's story here
It's time to make a call on your dream career

If you're still on the fence about which degree will get you closer to your dream role, or unsure of your pathway options, get in contact with one of our student advisors or alternatively, fill out an expression of interest form to progress to your next steps.

Our courses are fully flexible so you can study at your own pace from home, on campus (one in the Murraylands, and one soon to be open in the Riverland) or anywhere you want!

Jump onto our website to browse some of the online courses you can choose from. Importantly - we can support your studies no matter which university you want to enrol with. So if you can't find what you're looking for online, fill out an expression of interest form and we'll get in touch straight away to set you up.

A snapshot of some online study options are below.
Bachelor of Agriculture
3 years full-time/6 years part-time
Bachelor of Hospitality Management
3 years full-time/6 years part-time
Bachelor of Allied Health
3 years full-time/6 years part-time
Bachelor of Accounting
3 years full-time/6 years part-time
Bachelor of Education (Primary)
4 years full-time/8 years part-time
Bachelor of Science (Criminology & Psyschology)
3 years full-time/6 years part-time
Swap Netflix for online study, and you'll have a degree in three years! 
Reconsider how you're spending your free time

Are you aware of how much screen time you're accumulating each day? If you're anything like the average Netflix user, you spend about two hours each day on the streaming service. And, if you're anything like the average social media user, you're likely to spend almost two-and-a-half hours scrolling through your news feeds (ouch).

Well, guess what? It's starting to sound as though you do have free time. If you made the effort to cut these habits in half, you've already freed up a good +700 hours that would earn you a uni degree in three years' time. The other great news, is that you don't have to pay for your study until you start earning a significant wage - it's called your uni HELP loan, and it's amazing!

Don't delay, it's as easy as it sounds. The degree you've always wanted is just around the corner - get in contact with us to see how.
BLOG: Trade your Netflix addiction for a degree
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