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The University of Newcastle
Latin: Universitas Novocastrium
Motto I look ahead
Established 1965
Type Public
Chancellor Professor Trevor Waring AM
Vice-Chancellor Professor Nicholas Saunders
Staff 2,190 FTE (excluding Controlled Entities)
Students 30,340 (2008)
Undergraduates 23,948
Postgraduates 6,388
Location Newcastle, NSW, Australia
32°53′34″S 151°42′16″E / 32.89278°S 151.70444°E / -32.89278; 151.70444Coordinates: 32°53′34″S 151°42′16″E / 32.89278°S 151.70444°E / -32.89278; 151.70444
Campus Urban
Organisations Member of IRU Australia
Colours Maroon and White

The University of Newcastle (UoN) is a Australian public university that was established in 1965. The University's main and largest campus is located in Callaghan, a suburb of Newcastle in New South Wales. The University also has campuses in Ourimbah, Port Macquarie, Singapore and Sydney CBD.[1]

The university has enrolled approximately 15,256 full-time students and 15,080 part-time students (including more than 23,948 undergraduates).

Historically, the University of Newcastle Medical School has implemented the Problem-based learning system for its undergraduate Bachelor of Medicine programme - a system later mandatorily implemented by the Australian Medical Council throughout Australia.

The University of Newcastle is a member of Innovative Research Universities Australia (IRU Australia).



The origins of the University of Newcastle can be traced back to the establishment of the Newcastle University College at the Newcastle Technical College site on 3 December 1951.[2] The college was established under the authority of the then University of Technology New South Wales, which is now known as the University of New South Wales. At the time of its establishment the Newcastle University College had just five full-time students and study was restricted to engineering, mathematics and science.[3]

The university became autonomous through the University of Newcastle Act 1964 (NSW) which constituted the university on 1 January 1965 through a Proclamation of His Excellency the Governor of New South Wales. A document known as the University’s Grant of Arms is cited as being its very own Declaration of Independence.[4]

Each year the University’s student body celebrates autonomy day on 1 July. According to unverified sources the official autonomy of the University began on 1 January 1965 with a “symbolic ceremonial bonfire held at the site of the Great Hall”.[5] This celebration is said to have been officiated by Professor Godfrey Tanner who is said to have poured wine libations onto the ground as to “sanctify the land upon which the University rests”.[6] Since the university technically became autonomous on the 1 January 1965 autonomy day should be held on the 1 January. The 1 July actually coincided with the University of Technology New South Wales’s autonomy from the Public Service Board’s authority on 1 July 1954.[7] According to Don Wright, students interpreted Autonomy Day as celebrating the autonomy of the University of Newcastle from the University of New South Wales. The students were entitled to give the celebration whatever meaning they chose. The fact that they called it ‘autonomy day’ heightened the students’ sense of the importance of autonomy and their need to defend it against outside interference.[8]

In 1998, the University established a partnership with the Institut Wira, a Malaysian private business school. In 2002, Ian Firms, a lecturer, failed a large number of student papers from Wira for academic dishonesty, but his actions were reversed by the Newcastle administration and he was discharged. He then appealed to the New South Wales Independent Commission Against Corruption, which made a finding of corruption against Dr Paul Ryder, a failure by Vice Chancellor Roger Holmes in the execution of his duty and recommended disciplining the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Professor Brian English.[9][10]

In 2003, The University of Newcastle, together with five other Australian universities (Macquarie, La Trobe, Flinders, Griffith and Murdoch) established Innovative Research Universities Australia (IRUA).

Forty years after obtaining autonomy, The University of Newcastle has developed a reputed history in their national and international university standings; ranked in the 10-14 range of the 38 universities in Australia by the Shanghai Jiao Tong University and 215th in the world by the Times Higher Education Supplement in 2007.[11]

The university unveiled a new logo on 31 March 2007 as part of a brand refresh to better align the university's image with the its new strategic direction.[12]

On 11 May 2007, the university launched its new campus at the PSB Academy's two main campuses in Singapore.[13][14]

Faculties and schools

The Medical Sciences Building

The University has five faculties covering a wide range of available programs. The faculties are Business and Law, Education and Arts, Engineering and the Built Environment, Science and Information Technology, and Health.

The Faculty of Business and Law contains the following schools:

  • School of Law
  • School of Business and Management
  • Newcastle Graduate School of Business
  • School of Economics, Politics & Tourism

The Faculty of Education and Arts contains the following schools:

  • Wollotuka School of Aboriginal Studies
  • School of Drama, Fine Art & Music (incorporating the Conservatorium)
  • School of Education
  • School of Humanities and Social Science
A lecture theatre

The Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment contains the following schools:

  • School of Architecture and the Built Environment
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

The Faculty of Science and Information Technology contains the following schools:

  • School of Psychology
  • School of Design, Communication and IT
  • School of Environmental and Life Sciences
  • School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences

The Faculty of Health contains the following schools:


There are five campuses, located at Callaghan, Ourimbah, Port Macquarie, Singapore and Sydney CBD.


Newcastle (Callaghan campus)

The Callaghan campus is the university’s main and largest campus. It is located in the Newcastle suburb of Callaghan situated approximately 12 kilometres (7 mi) from Newcastle CBD. The campus is placed on 140 hectares (346 acres) of natural bushland within which the university’s numerous buildings are spread across.[15] Many of the university's operations are run out of the Callaghan campus, including student administration, course and degree program planning, and the university's Teaching and Learning division. All the major faculties are based on the campus. The campus also has access to the Auchmuty and Huxley libraries. Various other facilities are available on the campus, including several sporting fields, a sports and aquatic centre, and four on-campus residential colleges.[16][17]

Central Coast (Ourimbah campus)

Ourimbah Campus is a cross-institutional campus with both the University of Newcastle, TAFE NSW - Hunter Institute, and the Central Coast Community College having a presence on campus.[18]. It is located in the Central Coast suburb of Ourimbah.

Port Macquarie campus

The University of Newcastle has a presence on the TAFE NSW - North Coast Institute Port Macquarie Campus.[19] The university provides three degree programs at the campus, including one of the university’s enabling programs – Open Foundation.[20]

Singapore campus

The Singapore Campus is the university's first overseas campus, which includes both the Delta Campus and the Henderson Campus of PSB Academy in the Central Region (Tiong Bahru) of Singapore. This new campus covers an area of 19,000 square metres (204,514 sq ft) behind the Tiong Bahru Plaza.

Sydney CBD campus

The University of Newcastle Sydney CBD campus provides a number of postgraduate degree programs from the Faculty of Business and Law and the English Language and Foundation Studies Centre. The campus is located in the Sydney CBD.[21]

Newcastle city precinct

The University of Newcastle also has a presence on three sites within the Newcastle CBD. The School of Music and Conservatorium is located in the Civic Theatre precinct, the School of Law, Legal Centre, and Graduate School of Business are located in University House, and the Newcastle Institute of Public Health is located in the David Maddison Building on the site of the Royal Newcastle Hospital. University House is a landmark Art Deco sandstone building directly opposite Civic Park.

Student body and organisations

The University has a student population of just over 30,300 (including part time students) as of 2008, including 6773 international students from more than 115 countries.

The university is recognised for its commitment to equity in education and consistently enrols more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders than any other Australian university. The university has also graduated more than 60% of the nation's indigenous doctors.[22]

Students at the Callaghan Campus of the university are represented by the Newcastle University Students' Association (NUSA), UoN Services Limited (UoN Services), Newcastle University Postgraduate Student Association (NUPSA); while students at Ourimbah Campus are represented by Campus Central.

UoN Services is responsible for the social life of the university, as well as most of the commercial facilities on campus. It organises all the main entertainment events, usually performed at the University's two licensed venues, the Bar on the Hill and the Tanner Bar. Apart from student contributions (which have dropped significantly since the abolition of universal student unionism), the UoN Services generates income from the stores, restaurants and bars on the Callaghan and city campuses.

NUSA and NUPSA are primarily advocacy organisations, representing students on a variety of issues from political activism to the internal organisation of the University. NUSA also produces Opus, the University's magazine written by and for students.

Campus Central (Central Coast Campus Union Limited T/A Campus Central) is a single organisation looking after all the interests (commercial, sporting and advocacy) of students at the Ourimbah campus.

Facilities and services


The University of Newcastle library consists of numerous libraries across a number of the university’s campuses. This includes The Auchmuty library, The Huxley library, The Ourimbah library and the City Precinct library. The largest of these libraries is The Auchmuty Library on the Callaghan campus which holds a significant traditional collection, including rare books and archives. In addition to The Auchmuty library, the Callaghan campus has a smaller secondary library known as The Huxley library. The Huxley library primarily supports a collection for a number of schools, including education, nursing, and fine arts. The Ourimbah library on the Central Coast campus holds a collection of both university and TAFE texts to facilitate the needs of the joint campus. An information common similar to the one located in the the Auchmuty library is also available. The City Precinct library is also part of The University of Newcastle library.[23] The whole catalogue of the library is available across any of the libraries. The University library also holds New South Wales state archives that have been held by the university since 1975. The state archives reside within the University Archives and consists of a collection of approximately 600 linear shelf meters.[24]

Sporting facilities

The university offers access to a number of sporting facilities across its campuses. The Callaghan campus has the majority of these facilities; this includes six sporting ovals,[25] squash & tennis courts, and a sports and aquatic centre. NUsports manages these facilities through an organisation known as "The Forum".[26] "The Forum Sports & Aquatic Centre, University" boasts an olympic-sized swimming pool, one of the highest climbing walls in the country, and various other sporting facilities.[27] It is also the site of training for sport teams including the Newcastle Knights from National Rugby League (NRL), the Newcastle Jets from the A-League and the Hunter Hurricanes National League Water Polo team. The Forum also has a centre near the Newcastle CBD known as the "The Forum, Harbourside".[28]

Notable alumni


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  8. ^ Looking back, a history of the University of Newcastle, Don Wright, 1992):113
  9. ^ Report on investigation into the University of Newcastle's handling of plagiarism allegations [1]
  10. ^ "A Tarnished Reputation: Australia's universities wrestle with criticism that they're cutting corners to attract foreign students" by David Cohen. Chronicle of Higher Education 14 October 2005. 52(8) A39 online version subscription required.
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