The early years
Building a better tomorrow, from the very beginning
Before Southern Cross University was established, the groundwork for challenging higher education convention was being laid in the Northern Rivers.
Not just establishing a facility, but a reputation for quality.
Lismore Teachers College 1970
1970 – Lismore Teachers College officially opened on 3rd February 1970
1970 – The oldest student-run organisation, the Gold Rats Rugby Club, established
1971 – Lismore Teachers College became the College of Advanced Education under the Higher Education Act 1969
1973 – Renamed Northern Rivers College of Advanced Education (NRCAE) to reflect the increased diversification of courses offered
Building the foundations of a university destined to be different.
Northern Rivers College of Advanced Education (NRCAE)
1984 – Professor Rod Treyvaud appointed Principal of the Northern Rivers College of Advanced Education (NRCAE)
1985 – Five distinct faculties, a postgraduate and Indigenous college established
1988 – NRCAE agreed to an association with the University of New England and formally became a network member of the newly constituted University of New England under legislation brought down in 1989
1989 – Laid the groundwork for one of the first courses in tourism at an Australian university