Student Hamish Steer with lecturer Illya Selmes. Photo: ANDREW PERRYMAN

IT was a busy week at La Trobe University’s Bendigo campus, with the university’s rural health school firmly in focus.

La Trobe hosted about 200 secondary school students on Wednesday to give them a taste of university life.

Students participated in a range of workshops and lectures to prepare them for tertiary study.

“This is a great opportunity for students to find out what life is really like at university and start preparing themselves,” head of campus Rob Stephenson said.

The workshops were held a day after the university received $3 million from the Violet Vines Marshman Charitable Trust to invest in its rural health research.

One of the university’s largest philanthropic donations, the investment saw the establishment of the Violet Vines Marshman Rural Health Initiative, announced at an event on Tuesday.

Mrs Violet (Vi) Marshman devoted much of her life to improving the health and wellbeing of people, particularly those living in regional and rural Australia. Later in life Mrs Marshman established a charitable trust, with funding to be spent on high impact rural health

Following a competitive process, La Trobe’s Rural Health School was successful in receiving the largest amount of money donated by the VV Marshman Charitable Trust.

La Trobe vice chancellor John Dewar said the donation would have benefits at the community level.