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Charles Sturt University (CSU) is an Australian multi-campus public university located in New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, and the Australian Capital Territory. Established in 1989, it was named in honour of Captain Charles Sturt, a British explorer who made expeditions into regional New South Wales and South Australia.

Charles Sturt University
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Emblem of Charles Sturt University
Motto For the public good
Type Public
Established 1989
Chancellor Dr. Michele Allan[1]
Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Vann[2]
Administrative staff
Students 21,341[3]
Location Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Dubbo, Goulburn, Orange, Port Macquarie, Wagga Wagga, Manly, Sydney, Melbourne, NSW and Victoria, Australia
Campus Urban and Rural
Nickname CSU
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The University has multiple campuses in Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Dubbo, Goulburn, Orange, Port Macquarie, Wagga Wagga and Canberra. The University also facilitates specialist centres in North Parramatta, Manly (Sydney), Wangaratta as well as Regional University Study Centres in Griffith and Parkes. Courses are also delivered in conjunction with Study Group Australia in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane (known as CSU Study Centres).[4]

Charles Sturt University offers various Distance Education programs at Bachelor and Post-Graduate level as well as the Single Subject Study program. CSU also has various course delivery partnerships with several TAFE institutions across the country.[5][6][7][8] They do assume you're already working in the field of the degree, so the courses are not useful for those looking to acquire new skills or change professions.



Charles Sturt University Coat of Arms

Charles Sturt University was established on 1 July 1989 from the merger of several existing separately-administered Colleges of Advanced Education including 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,[9] through the enactment of The Charles Sturt University Act, 1989 (Act No. 76, 1989).[10] It is named in honour of explorer Charles Sturt.[11]

The Mitchell College of Advanced Education had been formed on 1 January 1970, and the Riverina Murray Institute of Education campus in Wagga Wagga and Albury-Wodonga had operated since 1984.[12][13] 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.[13]

In 1998, CSU established the first Study Centre in Sydney[14] and then in Melbourne[15] in 2007. These study centres are operated by a private education group called Study Group Australia.[16]

On 1 January 2005, CSU formalised moves to assume control of the University of Sydney's Orange campus, which came into force on 1 January 2005.[17] Between 2005 and 2015, CSU had expand an offshore campus in Burlington, Ontario in Canada.[18][19] On July 2015, CSU "regretfully" ceased to operate its Ontario campus due to the legislative and regulatory environment in Ontario.[20]

On 14 February 2011 CSU changed its logo. The sturt desert pea flower (Swainsona formosa) is now stylised and made prominent, with the full name of the university as part of its logo.[21][22]

On 1 May 2012, a milestone was reached as CSU open a new campus in Port Macquarie, CSU's first coastal, regional campus. This made Higher Education accessible to the Port Macquarie and the Hastings region. It provides opportunities for students with the desire to study close to the beach, as well as options for local students to access the resources of a world-class university close to home.[23]

In 2013, the University implemented a gas engine cogeneration power plant to help minimise fuel costs and carbon emissions.[24]

On 18 April 2016 at the Port Macquarie Campus, staff and students moved into Stage One of their purpose built campus. Two more stages are expected to be complete over the coming years with an expected student intake of 5000 by the year 2030.

On 28 July 2016, CSU has been declared Australia's First Official Carbon Neutral University.[25]


The University has multiple campuses in Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Dubbo, Goulburn, Orange, Port Macquarie, Wagga Wagga and Canberra. The University also facilitates specialist centres in North Parramatta, Manly (Sydney), Wangaratta as well as Regional University Study Centres in Griffith and Parkes. Courses are also delivered in conjunction with Study Group Australia in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane (known as CSU Study Centres).[4]


Library branches operate at the Wagga Wagga, Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Dubbo, Orange and Port Macquarie campuses.[26] As of 2015, 69% of book purchases were ebooks.[27]

Faculties and Academic DepartmentsEdit

CSU 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:[28]

  • Faculty of Arts and Education[29]
  • Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences[30]
  • Faculty of Science[31]

Faculty of Arts and EducationEdit

The Faculty of Arts and Education covers a broad range courses between the Arts and Education Disciplines.

The Arts Discipline cover subject segments of visual arts, performing arts, communications, history, human services, literature, philosophy, sociology, and theology. Schools & Centres include:

  • School of Communication and Creative Industries
  • School of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • School of Theology
  • Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture
  • Centre for Islamic Sciences and Civilisation

The Education side of the Faculty offers a range of courses in teacher education, and information and library studies. Schools include:

  • School of Education
  • School of Indigenous Australian Studies
  • School of Information Studies
  • School of Teacher Education

Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural SciencesEdit

The Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences brings together a range of courses, focusing on real-world challenges in areas of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences disciplines.

The Business Discipline has garner attention by employers for producing graduates excelling in today's business world challenges. Their distance education postgraduate PhD/DBA and Masters programs are eagerly sought-after, both nationally and internationally. The Business Schools and centres facilitated include:

  • School of Accounting and Finance
  • School of Computing and Mathematics
  • School of Management and Marketing
  • CSU Engineering

The Justice side of the Faculty covers policing, security, law, customs, excise and border management. Schools and centres include:

  • School of Policing Studies
  • Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security
  • Centre for Customs and Excise Studies
  • Centre for Law and Justice

Finally, the Behavioural Science discipline offers courses by the School of Psychology.

Faculty of ScienceEdit

CSU's Faculty of Science is one of the most broadly based scientific academic concentrations in Australasia. Schools include:

  • School of Agricultural and Wine Sciences
  • School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences
  • School of Biomedical Sciences
  • School of Community Health
  • School of Dentistry and Health Sciences
  • School of Environmental Sciences
  • School of Exercise Science, Sport and Health
  • School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health


Distance EducationEdit

Charles Sturt University offers a Distance Education program that allows students to choose courses at bachelor and post graduate level as well as the Single Subject Study program.[32] The Distance Education program is designed for students who may be unable to attend the university campus in person, using printed or electronic media to facilitate communication between teachers and students. The coursework is designed with the assumption that students are already working in the same field they are studying, which makes them less than helpful for actually learning skills.

NSW HSC OnlineEdit

NSW HSC Online, an abbreviation of New South Wales Higher School Certificate Online, is a collaborative partnership between the NSW Department of Education and Training and Charles Sturt University.[33] NSW HSC Online is supported by the Board of Studies NSW and the Professional Teachers Council NSW (PTC).[33]


On 28 July 2016, the Australian Government's Carbon Neutral Program have certified Charles Sturt University as Carbon Neutral. The institution was certified as Carbon Neutral by the National Carbon Offset Standard[34] – Carbon Neutral Program, administered by the Federal Department of the Environment and Energy. [25]

IT MastersEdit

Charles Sturt University in collaboration with the registered training organisation IT Masters Pty Ltd awards academic qualifications in information technology (IT) by distance learning through the IT Masters programme.[35] Academic programmes offered through IT Masters including Master's degrees in and Graduate Certificates in systems development, IT security, networking, ICT in education, computing research, IT management, and project management, as well as an MBA in IT and an industry-driven[36] PhD in computing research.[35]

The master's degree and Graduate Certificate programmes are unique in that they award significant academic credit for relevant industry certifications in the fields of IT and management,[36] offering a partial alternative pathway to degree study for industry certified IT and management professionals. Management course module credit is awarded for industry service management and project management certifications including those from Australian Institute of Project Management, Project Management Institute (PMI), PRojects IN Controlled Environments (PRINCE2), and Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL).[37] IT course module credit is awarded for industry certifications from such organisations as Microsoft, Oracle, Cisco, Novell, VMWare, EC-Council, GIAC, and ISC2. Previously, credit for up to half of the master's degree or Graduate Certificate could be obtained through industry certifications; however, after a restructuring of the academic qualifications resulting in a reduction of opportunities for credit obtained through industry certifications[38] applicable from 2014 onwards, credit can now be obtained for up to one third of the master's degree or Graduate Certificate. One who does not hold a Bachelor's degree, which is required for direct entry into the master's degree programmes, may first complete the Graduate Certificate in the relevant subject, which constitutes the first third of the master's degree course modules, and then enter into the master's degree with full credit given for all course modules aken as part of the Graduate Certificate.[39]

IT Masters additionally offers free short courses, in the Massively Open Online Course (MOOC) format, about various subjects relating to information technology and project management on a regular basis.[40] Short courses are presented as webinars with lecture materials and tutorials in an online learning management system, with an available forum for discussion.[40] An optional final exam is available for each course, and students who pass the final exam within the duration of the course receive certificates signed by the lecturers delivering that course; the final exam continues to be available, without certification after the final date for the short course has passed.[40] These short courses are provided as previews of portions of select courses offered as part of the IT Master's degree programmes.[40]

Student lifeEdit

Students at CSU are represented by Charles Sturt University Student Senate – formerly the CSU Students' Association (CSUSA).[41][42] The CSU Student Senate is the overarching student body of CSU and comprises the following affiliates:[43]

  • Orange Student Representative Committee (OSRC) – formerly Orange Students Association (OSA).
  • Murray Campus Council (MCC) representing Albury-Wodonga Campus – formerly Murray Campus Students' Association.
  • Bathurst Student Representative Committee (Bathurst SRC). Note: Previous Former Names include Mitchell Student Guild, Charles Sturt University Students' Association Bathurst (CSUSAB) & Mitchell Association of Student Councils.
  • Dubbo Student Representative Committee (DSRC).
  • Rivcoll Student Representative Committee (Rivcoll SRC) representing Wagga Wagga Campus – formerly known as Rivcoll Union Inc.
  • Port Student Representative Committee (Port SRC) representing Port Macquarie Campus.
  • Online Study Student Representative Committee (OS SRC) representing CSU's Online Study / Distance Education Students.

A Canberra Student Representative Committee known as St Mark's Canberra[44] was previously formed but disbanded as of 2016.


The Charles Sturt University Football Club at Bathurst was formed under the name of Bathurst Teachers College[45] 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.


On its Bathurst campus, CSU operates a radio station, 2MCE, which also acts as the originating studio for National Radio News, a community radio news service.[46]

Sexual misconduct and safetyEdit

The survey conducted by the Australian Human Rights Commission in 2017 found that CSU had the third highest incidence of sexual assault and sexual harassment.[47] Over 800 CSU students responded to the survey with the report finding 18% experienced sexual harassment, and at twice the national average, 3.3% claimed sexual assault. Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Vann committed CSU to doubling efforts to address the issues and take on-board all the report's recommendations.[48]

Notable peopleEdit

The current and third Chancellor of the University since 3 December 2014 is Dr. Michele Allan, a company director, food industry and agribusiness specialist, with an academic background in biomedical science, management and law.[1] The current Vice-Chancellor and President of the University since December 2011 is Professor Andrew Vann, a civil engineer.[2]

Prominent members of the so-called 'Mitchell Mafia' include ABC broadcaster Hamish Macdonald and Nine's political reporter Charles Croucher [49]



See alsoEdit


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  2. ^ a b "Professor Andrew Vann: Vice-Chancellor and President". Office of the Vice-Chancellor. Charles Sturt University. 20 May 2013. Retrieved 2 March 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Charles Sturt University". New South Wales Auditor – General's Report. 2: 42. 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Charles Sturt University Study Centres". Study Group. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "Partnership to create opportunities". The Daily Liberal. 17 April 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  6. ^ Trounson, Andrew (21 January 2012). "CSU upbeat on early Port Macquarie demand". The Australian. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  7. ^ Jones, Howard (4 May 2012). "Want a degree? Just enrol in TAFE". The Border Mail. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  8. ^ "CIT and Charles Sturt University in Agreement". Canberra Institute of Technology. 6 March 2009. Archived from the original on 24 May 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  9. ^ Morris, Sherry (1999). Wagga Wagga, a history. Bobby Graham Publishers, Wagga Wagga. ISBN 1-875247-12-2. 
  10. ^ "Charles Sturt University Act 1989 No. 76" (PDF). Government of New South Wales. Australasian Legal Information Institute. 1989. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  11. ^ Gorrel, Graham (1 March 2013). "Charles Sturt University the jewel in city's crown". The Daily Advertiser. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  12. ^ "State Records Archives Investigator". NSW State Records. Government of New South Wales. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  13. ^ a b "State Records Archives Investigator". NSW State Records. Government of New South Wales. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  14. ^ CSU Study Centre, Sydney
  15. ^ CSU Study Centre, Melbourne
  16. ^ International – CSU Study Centres
  17. ^ "Charles Sturt University". Auditor-General's Report to Parliament. 2: 17. 2007. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  18. ^ "Welcome – CSU Ontario School of Education – Charles Sturt University". 26 March 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2012. 
  19. ^ "CSU Port Macquarie campus opens". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 1 May 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
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  21. ^ "CSU's visual brand". Charles Sturt University. May 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  22. ^ Coughlan, Kate (14 February 2011). "Sturt's pea flower CSU's new logo". The Border Mail. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  23. ^ a b "CSU: Port Macquarie". Charles Sturt University. Retrieved 28 July 2016. 
  24. ^ Charles Sturt University Cogeneration Plant,, Retrieved 16 September 2013
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  30. ^ "Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences". Charles Sturt University. 
  31. ^ "Faculty of Science". Charles Sturt University. 
  32. ^ "Charles Sturt University". Study Assist. Australian Government. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  33. ^ a b Blake, Cliff (3 April 2001). "Launch of the New NSW HSC Online website". Sydney: Charles Sturt University. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  34. ^ "National Carbon Offset Standard". Australian Government Department of the Environment and Energy. Retrieved 28 July 2016. 
  35. ^ a b IT Masters. "IT Masters". 
  36. ^ a b IT Masters. "IT Masters FAQ". 
  37. ^ IT Masters, Charles Sturt University. "Master of Business Administration (Computing) 2013". 
  38. ^ IT Masters (September 2013). "Last Chance to Maximise your Credit". 
  39. ^ IT Masters. "The Graduate Certificate Explained". 
  40. ^ a b c d IT Masters. "Free University Short Courses". 
  41. ^ "CSU student association to end as uni takes over". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 22 September 2006. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  42. ^ "CSU will consider unionism change". Western Advocate. 12 October 2011. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  43. ^ "Governance (Student Representation) Rule 2007 No. 1" (PDF). Charles Sturt University. 2007. p. 8. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  44. ^ "St Mark's National Theological Centre". 
  45. ^ Charles Sturt University. "25 year anniversary - Charles Sturt University". Retrieved 15 March 2015. 
  46. ^ "Full steam ahead at National Radio News". radioinfo. 13 April 2011. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  47. ^ Bagshaw, Eryk (3 August 2017). "'We should all be shocked' leader of university with worst results comforts students". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2 August 2017. 
  48. ^ Local News (2 August 2017). "Keeping students safe". Daily Liberal. Retrieved 3 August 2017. 
  49. ^ "Radio National Breakfast 17 March 2017". Hamish Macdonald. ABC. 17 March 2017. Retrieved 17 March 2017. 
  50. ^ "Vet teaching hospital named in honour of Kay Hull". Charles Sturt University. Retrieved 14 April 2010. 

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