Community Engagement

School Prizes

CSU Orange Campus sponsors a number of prizes at schools in the Orange community. This is a tangible way of supporting other education providers in the local community and of encouraging young students to strive for academic excellence.


 The CUP Grants Program represents an investment in community-university partnerships.

The goal of the program is to support the development of our regions through contributions to cultural, economic, sporting and related activities and build higher education aspiration and awareness particularly among young people in rural and regional communities.

Follow this link for further information regarding CUP grants and grant applications

The Head of Campus Small Grant Program enables direct applications at any time of the year to the Head of Campus in a relevant region (e.g. applications from the Mid-North Coast MUST be submitted to the Head of Campus in Port Macquarie) to provide small amounts of money to support community or individual initiatives for which there is not an existing grant program. This can include sponsorship of an individual in a charity event, a small grant to facilitate a community activity etc. Each Head of Campus has a fund of up to $5,000 available each year. Grant funding is only available in Australia at this time.

Further information on the HOC Small Grant Program can be found here

 'Explorations' Series

The 'Explorations' Series is part of the Community-University Partnership (CUP) program and aims to engage our rural and regional communities in discussion and debate about major issues facing our regions, the nation and the world. 

The Explorations Series includes public lectures, workshops, panels and conferences, and each campus will host at least two 'Explorations' events every year. Click here to view the 2015 Explorations events

Explorations Series lectures are recorded where possible. Click here to access 2016 recordings

Recording of 2014 Lectures are also available. Click here to access 2014 recordings

The name of the University honours the noted explorer Captain Charles Napier Sturt. It was, in the words of Charles Sturt, a "… wish to contribute to the public good" that gave him the gumption to explore and map the interiors and major waterways of western NSW.  Through his explorations, he contributed to our understanding of rural and regional Australia, and the natural world.

In this vein, the University aims to share the knowledge of its own academic and intellectual leaders with our communities, and to bring new knowledge, thinking and ideas from elsewhere, to build our understanding of the big issues facing us as individuals, communities and peoples.  We also want to learn from our communities by encouraging debate and discussion through the series. We invite all member of our communities to visit our campuses, and to share in the opportunities and services available to the public including events (like our 'Exploration Series), community library membership, Art Gallery (Wagga Wagga), theatre productions (Bathurst and Wagga Wagga), dental and health clinics, sporting facilities, equine facilities (Wagga Wagga), continuing education and our award winning Cellar Door (Orange and Wagga Wagga).

All Explorations Lectures are FREE and open to the public.

For further information on the Explorations Series, contact Regional Relations Coordinator (02) 6338 4165 or send an email to

Our Town, Our University

This column is published in the Central Western Daily newspaper each Wednesday. It aims to keep local residents informed about happenings at the Orange campus, such as new research projects, research outcomes or upcoming seminars or public lectures. In doing so, the column helps foster closer ties between the Orange Campus and the local community.

Our Town, Our University Columns

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