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Black and white photo of students sitting in park and a bus in the background, circa 1970, Lismore NSW Australia

SCU History

Our story

SCU's first orientation in 1994
Inaugural Vice Chancellor Barry Conyngham sits in with students at the first SCU Orientation Day at Lismore campus.

1994 - 2014 was an exciting time for Southern Cross University as it evolved from what was a Teachers College, in the 1970s, into a fully-fledged University with its own identity in 1994.

As part of our 20 year celebrations, we developed a series of stories, historical information and personal recollections. These include a condensed Brief History of SCU from Teachers College to University. We've also included some expanded descriptions of distinct five-year periods describing the University's history over two decades: 1994 - 1998, 1999 - 2003, 2004 - 2008 and 2009 - 2013.

We've sourced stories from graduates, staff and local organisations, and there is a list of Chancellors and Vice Chancellors who have served the University and been instrumental in shaping the direction of the University. Also included is a history of research at SCU and a history of international students at SCU.