RDA Barossa

Barossa’s university offers flexible study options

Since its opening in 2019 Barossa Regional University Campus at Nuriootpa SA has registered 360 students across 26 higher education and tertiary providers.

Students are enrolled across bridging, diploma, bachelor’s, graduate diploma, honours, master’s, and PhD courses. The campus also welcomes Year 11 & 12 secondary students to study, complete exams and hold group meetings.

Barossa Regional University Campus has recorded a sample of 41 graduating students, with half (50%) securing employment within their chosen field of study.

The campus offers 24-hour facilities such as study desks, meeting rooms, event spaces, computers, video conferencing, and fully equipped kitchen. Recent upgrades include:

  • virtual reality room to facilitate students to explore 360-degree scenarios, virtual training, and gain practical skills not possible in traditional classrooms.
  • programmable robotics for students to learn science, technology, coding engineering and mathematics.
  • soundproof podcasting studio pod to hold private virtual meetings, do exam study and record high quality audio podcasts and presentations.
  • soundproof panels and walls to reduce noise reverberation and improve sound proofing in meeting rooms and event spaces.

“The campus is a brilliant study space with a great vibe and lovely staff. A fantastic asset that students in the Barossa that we are very lucky to have,” 
said Eloise Crawshaw, registered student.

The campus is a flexible event venue, welcoming hundreds of visitors since opening. Workforce, community, and educational events connect students with education providers, industry, business, and community to support educational and career pathways.

 Recent event highlights include:

  • The National Conference for Regional, Rural and Remote Education discussed best practice and government policy. In attendance was Australian Government Regional Education Commissioner Hon. Fiona Nash and 60 Regional University Centre Network members from across Australia. The conference helped build connections amongst nation-wide members and raised awareness of the campus nationally.
  • Certificate 4 and Diploma in Leadership and Management Program facilitated by Aleida and Team Solutions had 30 employees graduate with the support of their local employers. They gained skills in professional leadership, project management and communication.
  • STEM Workshops by University of Adelaide and Children’s University Adelaide conducted STEM activities for children that provided strategies for successful learning and to develop leadership skills.
  • Barossa Regional University Campus Open Day held tours of facilities, presentations, meet and greets, and hands-on demonstrations. Speaking event topics included cyber security, personal development, university essentials and organisation skills.

There are a number of RDAs which have centres in their regions including Albany WA, Murray Bridge (SA) and Broken Hill (NSW).  

Learn more: Barossa Regional University Campus 


Published 30/09/2023