By Rhiannon Lane-Lisseman
Murdoch University’s Rockingham campus is about to undergo a major change – it will no longer provide conventional teaching to its students.
Beginning semester one next year, Murdoch Rockingham will become a research hub rather than an active teaching campus.
For existing students this means a transfer to the South Street campus to continue their studies.
First year teaching student Ainsley Marr, 20, said it’s an inconvenience but it won’t affect her passion for her study.
“I’m in a good position where I can go to Murdoch [South Street] but a lot of people have kids and I guess they struggle with it,” said Miss Marr.
“If you do want to study you need to find something that works around your schedule.”
Murdoch University’s administration said a decrease in enrolments is to blame for the closure.
While students will be financially compensated for their inconvenience, they’re still not sure of the total increase in costs.
“They’ve given us mixed information,” said Miss Marr.
“We’ve been told we won’t have to pay for parking but also been told we will. we don’t really know what to believe.”
Murdoch claims its South Street campus will offer students a better university experience but also add hours to travel time.
Second year Criminology student Melissa Allen, 20, has attended both campuses and said while she enjoys the campus life at South Street she prefers Rockingham.
“I think South Street atmosphere is better,” said Miss Allen.
“But the classes and lectures are better at Rockingham because they’re smaller and more one on one.”
The amount of compensation students will receive is not clear.