'Bridging the gap for regional students': ECU learning hub opens at Make Place

Make Place community manager Megan Humble and Spacecubed worker Chris Tann. Photo: Claire Sadler.

Make Place community manager Megan Humble and Spacecubed worker Chris Tann. Photo: Claire Sadler.

For many university students it can be daunting to think about what comes next after graduation.

But Make Place is set to make the transition to finding a job easier by opening up the co-working space to Edith Cowan University students.

This ECU regional learning hub, powered by Spacecubed, will give students additional access to support without them having to travel to campus.

Make Place community manager Megan Humble said besides a study space students would have access to networking events in Mandurah and the CBD.

"It means that in addition to cutting down on commute time, and the back and forth of going between campus and their homes, they'll be able to feel connected in a community of local business owners," she said.

"If this option wasn't available, students would have to drive as far as Joondalup, and for a lot of regional students this can be the largest barrier stopping them from applying to universities and receiving higher education.

"The hub at Make Place will be a great central spot for them to work, learn and study but in addition to this, they will have access to all our community events, including networking opportunities both in our space and at SpaceCubed in the CBD."

Students are able to come in between 8:30am and 4:30pm.

The hub will offer printing, free wifi, coffee, a central location to cafes and the chance for students to work in a creative coworking hub.

There will also be access to support and sessions with a local ECU advisor, as well as boardroom availability for group sessions and workshops.

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ECU South West Campus dean Lyn Farrell said the space bridges the gap for regional students.

"The Regional Learning Hubs bridge the gap for students by providing general academic support, social connection and a concierge-like service in innovative and maker spaces that showcase industry professionals and networks to our students," she said.

Spacecubed general manager Chandra Sundareswaran said the space offered students an integration into a professional workspace.

"We have been working with ECU throughout the CBD for the past three years on a work-integrated learning internship model," he said.

"Through this refreshed partnership in Mandurah, we're able to broaden the support we give students, helping them through their studies and then into the workspace."

To find out more about the ECU Regional Learning Hub, or to access the space, get in contact with Make Place.