Charles Sturt University
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Charles Sturt University (Charles Sturt) is an Australian multi-campus public university located in New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, Victoria and Queensland. 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 University

Coat of Arms of Charles Sturt University
MottoFor the public good
Established1989; 32 years ago
ChancellorDr. Michele Allan[1]
Vice-ChancellorProfessor John Germov (Interim Vice-Chancellor)
Administrative staff
2,147 (2019)[2]
Students43,679 (2019)[2]
LocationAlbury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Dubbo, Orange, Port Macquarie, Wagga Wagga, Australia
CampusUrban and Rural
NicknameCharles Sturt
AffiliationsRegional Universities Network
The university is committed to creating a welcoming community experience and learning environment that supports innovative research, advances society and gives back to its regions. Its ethos is the Wiradjuri phrase yindyamarra winhanganha, which means the wisdom of respectfully knowing how to live well in a world worth living in.
Charles Sturt offers more than 320 courses including undergraduate, postgraduate, higher degrees by research and single subject study. It also has course delivery partnerships with several TAFE institutions across the country.
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,[3] through the enactment of The Charles Sturt University Act, 1989 (Act No. 76, 1989).[4] It is named in honour of explorer Charles Napier Sturt.[5]
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.[6][7] 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.[7]
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 1997, Charles Sturt was named University of the Year for its commitment and success in providing quality education for first in family students.
In 1998, Charles Sturt established the first Study Centre in Sydney[8] and then in Melbourne[9] in 2007. These study centres are operated by a private education group called Study Group Australia.[10]
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 launches 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.[11] Between 2005 and 2015, the university had expanded an offshore campus in Burlington, Ontario in Canada.[12][13] On July 2015, Charles Sturt ceased to operate its Ontario campus due to the legislative and regulatory environment in Ontario.[14]
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 desert pea flower (Swainsona formosa) was stylised and made prominent, with the full name of the university as part of its logo.[15][16]
On 1 May 2012, a milestone was reached as the university opened a new campus in Port Macquarie, its first coastal, regional campus. The new campus continues to grow and has made higher education accessible to the Port Macquarie and the Hastings region.[17]
In 2013, the university implemented a gas engine cogeneration power plant to help minimise fuel costs and carbon emissions.[18]
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.[19] The Australia 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.[20] Charles Sturt’s teaching base was established at the university’s Orange campus to extend on the existing Western Sydney University program.[21]
In 2018, Charles Sturt University was a Global Teaching Excellence Award Finalist (GTEA).  The GTEA recognises and celebrates institution-wide commitment to the pursuit of teaching and learning excellence.
In 2019, the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency imposed five conditions on Charles Sturt’s renewal of registration as an Australian university,[22] including concerns about academic standards. One of the conditions, on academic integrity at Charles Sturt Study Centres, was lifted and the university was re-registered for a period of four years rather than seven.[23]
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 Indigenous 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.[24] As a member of RUN , the university works towards the growth of regional economies and communities, ensuring that higher education is accessible and achievable in the regions.
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 April 2021 Charles Sturt University was announced in the top 10 per cent of universities worldwide for Climate Change Action by Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings 2021 . Charles Sturt ranked in the top 20 per cent for Clean Water and Sanitation, and in the top 25 per cent for Life on the Land and for Life Below Water.
Areas of impact
Charles Sturt University seeks to make an impact on a regional, national and global level by contributing to the economic, social and environmental sustainability and well-being of communities. The university is actively committed to achieving progress through :
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.
Campus features:
The Bathurst campus is home to engineering, communication, education, laws and a broad range of health degrees, including paramedicine and exercise science.
Campus features:
The Dubbo campus offers social work, nursing and preparation courses with a focus on delivering education to First Nations students.
Campus features:
Orange campus offers courses with a strong focus in allied health, medical sciences, dentistry, medicine and pharmacy.
Campus features:
Port Macquarie
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.
Campus features:
Wagga Wagga
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.
Campus features:
Other study locations
Faculties and academic departments
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:[25]
Faculty of Arts and education
The faculty’s arts discipline covers visual arts, performing arts, communications, history, human services, Indigenous Australian 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:
Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences
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:
Faculty of Science
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.
Online education
Charles Sturt University is Australia’s more experienced online university, with more students choosing to study online with Charles Sturt than any other university in the country.
Awards, rankings and recognition
Highest graduate employment rate
Charles Sturt University has the highest graduate employment rate in Australia. More than 86 per cent of graduates find full-time employment within four months of graduating. The Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) 2020 Graduate Outcomes Survey (GOS) – Longitudinal found 93.9 per cent of Charles Sturt University undergraduates were in full-time employment three years after graduation. The national average was 90.3 per cent and Charles Sturt placed fourth within the universities in Australia for undergraduate full-time employment rates three years after graduation. The survey also found that 93 per cent of the university’s postgraduate coursework graduates were in full-time employment three years after graduation.
Australia’s first carbon neutral university
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.
Today, Charles Sturt is certified with Climate Active, a partnership between the Australian Government and Australian businesses. The certification is a new iteration of the government’s carbon neutral certification.
Sustainability: Times Higher Education Impact Ratings
Charles Sturt University ranked in the top 10 per cent of universities worldwide for Climate Action in the Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings 2021. The university achieved strong results across key environmental-themed rankings. It ranked in the top 20 per cent for Clean Water and Sanitation, and in the top 25 per cent for Life on the Land and for Life Below Water. THE Impact Rankings assess universities against the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Charles Sturt also ranked 16th for Gender Equality which measures universities’ research on the study of gender equality, their policies on gender equality, and their commitment to recruiting and promoting women.
Global Teaching Excellence Award Finalist
Charles Sturt University was a Global Teaching Excellence Award Finalist (GTEA) in 2018. GTEA recognises and celebrates institution-wide commitment to the pursuit of teaching and learning excellence.
Employer of Choice for Gender Equality citation
In February 2021, Charles Sturt University was awarded an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality  from the Commonwealth Workplace Gender Equality Agency. The award recognises and promotes organisations with an active commitment to achieving gender equality in Australian workplaces. The university has held this award for three years.
Athena SWAN Bronze Institution
Charles Sturt University was awarded an Athena SWAN Bronze Institutional Award  in December 2018 and is one of the first Australian universities to receive the award. The award recognised the university’s investment in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM) programs, and research. Athena SWAN is run by Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE), a partnership between the Australian Academy of Science and the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering.
Elite Athlete Friendly University
Charles Sturt University is a member of the Elite Athlete Friendly University Network . This is a national network that supports Australian athletes within the high performance sport system.
Equity and diversity
Charles Sturt University continues important equity and diversity work. In 2020, the university:
First Nations
Charles Sturt acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands on which its campuses are located, paying respect to Elders, both past and present, and extend that respect to all First Nations Peoples.
Yindyamarra winhanganha
The Wiradjuri phrase yindyamarra winhanganha means the wisdom of respectfully knowing how to live well in a world worth living in. This phrase represents the Charles Sturt University ethos. It comes from traditional First Nations Peoples knowledge and speaks to the mission of the university – to develop and spread wisdom to make the world a better place.
First Nations Governance
Charles Sturt University has a dedicated Office of Indigenous Engagement. A major initiative under this is the establishment of a First Nations Governance Circle with the purpose of shaping, monitoring and leading the direction of First Nations Peoples’ engagement, access, participation and success in, employment, education and research at the university and engagement as cultural leaders.
First Nations Student Centres
The university is focused on providing personal, cultural, financial and educational support for First Nations students. Through its First Nations Student Centres, the university offers culturally safe study spaces and personalised support for First Nations students. The university also works closely with the Wiradjuri people to provide tertiary education to more First Nations students.
Professor Stan Grant Jnr
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.
Graduate Certificate in Wiradjuri Language, Culture and Heritage
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.
IPROWD program
The Indigenous Police Recruitment Our Way Delivery (IPROWD) program prepares First Nations students for study with Charles Sturt University at the NSW Police Academy, or for study with TAFE NSW. IPROWD ensures access and equity to First Nations students and provides a career pathway into the NSW Police Force.
Danygamalanha program
The Danygamalanha program is designed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and builds aspiration and awareness of university options and pathways. Within the program is Strong Moves, a mentoring program for Years 9 to 11 students that develops positive connections between the First Nations community and university.
Charles Sturt University conducts research across many disciplines, including agricultural and veterinary science; education; biological, environmental and chemical sciences; ethics and philosophy. The university’s research initiatives seek meaningful outcomes for industry, government, business and communities.
At Charles Sturt, research is conducted under three spheres: resilient people, flourishing communities and sustainable environments. These align with the university’s values of impactful, inclusive, insightful and inspiring and support its ethos of ‘creating a world worth living in’.
The university has four research centres:
Cooperative Research Centres
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 three CRCs: Food and Agility, High Performance Soils, and Cyber Security. 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.
Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub
In April 2021, it was announced that Charles Sturt has been awarded a multimillion-dollar grant to establish a Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub at the university’s Wagga Wagga campus. The drought hub will be one of eight across Australia which will enable user-centred agricultural innovation and research under the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment's Future Drought Fund. A consortium of research providers and users will work collaboratively to address local drought resilience research and innovation priorities, with the aims of ensuring research is useful and accessible for primary producers and increasing opportunities to commercialise innovation.
Leading Australian researchers
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.
Student life
STRIVE leadership program
STRIVE is the university’s student leadership program. STRIVE is open to all Charles Sturt students and supports students to develop their professional and personal leadership skills. STRIVE gives students access to resources, concepts and strategies that can be applied to all aspects of their lives.
Student Senate
Students at Charles Sturt University are represented by Charles Sturt University Student Senate – formerly the CSU Students' Association (CSUSA).[40][41] 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.
Notable people
See also: Charles Sturt University administrative people
Charles Sturt University is governed by a 16-member Council, whose members include the Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor.[48] 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 John Germov is Interim Vice-Chancellor.
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.[29]
See also
New South Wales portal
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  29. ^ "Hamish Macdonald – Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) – 2002". Our community: Share your story. Charles Sturt University. 2018. Archived from the original on 14 April 2018. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  30. ^ "Vet teaching hospital named in honour of Kay Hull". Charles Sturt University. Retrieved 14 April 2010.
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