CUC North West

Coming soon to

Narrabri and Moree

A supportive study community

The Country Universities Centre (CUC) will soon welcome two new locations to its expanding network - Narrabri and Moree.

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

We believe that the success of an aspiring student should not be pre-determined by geographical location. That’s why we’re motivated to provide the support students need to thrive, free of charge.

About CUC North West

Currently under development. Scheduled to open before Semester Two, 2019.

CUC North West will operate across two locations, Narrabri and Moree, providing our students with the support required to achieve their education goals.

what we do

I am an avid believer in equitable education for rural and remote students and I understand firsthand the difficulties faced by our local students to obtain this.
— Cathy Walters, CUC North West Centre Manager

Our vision 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 North West region

·       Facilitate and promote education and career pathways between school, vocational education and training providers, universities and industry

·       Advocate in the best interests of regional students

·       Facilitate the transition for school leavers and mature age student to tertiary level education

·       Provide a space that is conducive to meaningful and productive study, and dedicated to university students

Our facilities

Like the Moree location, the Narrabri location is also undergoing refurbishments.

Like the Moree location, the Narrabri location is also undergoing refurbishments.

Students are invited to enjoy the following free of charge:

·       Access to high-speed technology and campus-like facilities with extended opening hours

·       Strong tutorial support networks

·       Ability to source mentors and/or job opportunities through CUC’s industry partnerships

·       Printing and scanning equipment

·       Portable video conferencing featuring Lifesize conferencing software

·       A designated study space with dual screen computers

·       Collaborative spaces for tutorials

·       Charging ports and Wifi for BYO devices

·       Portable whiteboard

·       Kitchenette with fridge, microwave, dishwasher and tea/coffee facilities 

Meet the team

Cathy Walters - Centre Manager

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CUC North West celebrates the next stage in development.

At a ribbon-cutting ceremony, Moree Plains Shire Mayor, Cr Katrina Humphries (far left), Member for Northern Tablelands and Assistant Minister for Skills, Adam Marshall MP, Narrabri Shire Council Mayor and CUC North West Board of Directors Chair, Cr Cathy Redding, CUC North West Centre Manager, Cathy Walters, and CUC North West Centre Coordinator, Sumati Chakravati-Cook (far right), look forward to enhancing opportunities for students in the North West.

Cathy is a born and bred local, completing both her primary and secondary schooling in Narrabri. She has a teaching career spanning over 16 years and has taught throughout Australia and the United Kingdom. Cathy holds a degree in Secondary Education majoring in Business and Information Technology, and a Master of Educational Studies with a focus on Mathematics Education. Cathy has worked as a high school teacher in the Narrabri region for the last 13 years, and before that in Brisbane and London.

Cathy says, “I am an avid believer in equitable education for rural and remote students and I understand firsthand the difficulties faced by our local students to obtain this. The CUC model offers an alternative study mode for students who think they need to leave our regional towns to study. I am excited to be a part of the CUC family and this new concept for our community. I am looking forward to supporting our students to achieve their educational goals when the Country Universities Centre North West opens in 2019.”

Sumati Chakravarti-Cook - Centre Coordinator

Sumati an educationist who has specialised in the learning experiences of students attempting university study. She has been involved with teaching and learning at the tertiary level for over 30 years, having taught in China, Japan, the USA and Australian universities. Sumati holds a degree in Linguistics, an MA in Literature & Linguistics, an MA in TESL as well as a PhD in Education. She is interested in the cognitive learning processes of students because this informs best teaching practice and curriculum design to enhance student retention in their studies in any discipline. 

Sumati says, “this is an exciting opportunity to be part of the CUC network to help students and individuals to succeed in their chosen pathways in rural settings. My own experience in teaching and learning at various universities has given me insight into the challenges a student experiences in university studies. I look forward to the work at CUC North West.”

need more information?

You can call Cathy (CUC North West Centre Manager) on 0429 594 198 or email degrees@cucnorthwest.org.au.

OR, learn more about the CUC Network here.