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Charles Sturt staffers pay a visit

Thursday, 1st May, 2014

CSU representatives Diane Middleton and Lois Watt met with students in Broken Hill yesterday. CSU representatives Diane Middleton and Lois Watt met with students in Broken Hill yesterday.

By Nick Gibbs

University students studying via correspondence were treated to a face to face visit from Charles Stuart University representatives yesterday.

Distance Education Outreach Officers Diane Middleton and Lois Watt met around 22 local scholars who form part of the 100-strong cohort studying with the university in the city.

The pair said their visit was to provide support for those who felt they needed guidance in using the flexible study option.

“Students can create their own timetable and choose the amount of subjects they want to study,” Ms Middleton said.

 “It can help balance financial and family commitments.” 

Ms Watt said that while distance education had its benefits, students needed to be diligent in order to stay on top of the workload. 

“You do have to be dedicated and prepared to sacrifice certain things,”  she said.

“We teach students to make their assignments their priority.” 

Popular degrees for women in country centres include education and social work while men tended to focus on business and accounting. 

“It allows people to complete their study and find work in the community without having to leave,” Ms Middleton said.

Regional visits are scheduled annually, however they may become more regular if there is a demand.

Prospective students can find more information about distance education courses at www.csu.edu.au

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