UNE looking at alternative to Tamworth campus

With the University of New England’s plans to establish a campus in Tamworth in stasis due to delays by the federal government committing $10 million towards funding, the university has developed a different idea.

It has lodged an application for a five-year lease with the Tamworth Regional Council to use the Australian Equine and Livestock Events Centre and the Sports Dome for industry led classes to commence in march next year.

UNE Vice Chancellor Brigid Heywood said it's important to deliver education now and Tamworth's university doesn't need to look like everyone else's university.

She said we need to secure more funding and at the moment that is a dialogue with the federal government and I'm sure we will get there, but we're not waiting for it, we're moving on.

Enrolment has opened for six courses which have been designed around Tamworth’s needs and include business studies, community welfare and wellbeing, creative industries, event management, sports equine management and sports science.

A campus masterplan and design will be over the next year and construction could commence in 2022 and 2023 for the Tamworth campus.