University of Newcastle
CRICOS Code 03293B
Built on the principles of equity, excellence and engagement, the University of Newcastle has a reputation as a world-class institution making an impact within its own region, throughout Australia and across the globe.
Our research is world-class and diverse. Our degree programs are internationally recognised and our partnerships and collaborations drive innovation. Our alumni are leaders and our students are preparing to make a difference in the world.
We are ranked in the top three per cent of universities world-wide and we have only just turned 50.
The University of Newcastle has a proud history of achievement and we celebrate our successes as individuals and as an institution.
For over 50 years, our outstanding educators have achieved a long list of accolades and our world-class researchers are recognised for their contribution to many fields of inquiry.
Our remarkable students continue to impress with stories of success both at home and on the world stage.
Among the world's best
The University of Newcastle is a research-intensive University focused on improving the quality of life in our regions and around the globe. Our academics, students and staff pursue innovative solutions to the world’s great challenges.
Currently ranked 207th in the world by QS World University Rankings, we are consistently ranked within Australia’s top 10 universities.
Our Engineering – Mineral and Mining discipline has ranked at top 30 in the world, for the third consecutive year, and our Nursing discipline is ranked in the world's top 50 in the 2019 QS World University Rankings by Subject list. The University has a total of 10 subjects ranked in the world’s top 200.
The University is ranked top 8 in Australia for research ‘well above world standard’ by Excellence in Research Australia, 2018.
These independent rankings are evidence of our commitment to excellence, purposeful research, uncommon innovation and the highest standards in educational outcomes.
Our performance on the world stage continues to improve as we move closer to realising our vision of being global leaders in each of our spheres of achievement - equity, education and research.
•An education for the world of the futureStudents at computers
The University of Newcastle is a leader in university education, with a reputation for high quality teaching and learning and exciting, contemporary academic programs.
Demonstrating our commitment to relevant teaching is our approach to problem-based learning, first pioneered by us some 25 years ago, which underpins our degree programs in medicine, engineering, architecture, nursing, social work and law.
Our Strategic Plan focuses on delivering accessible, high quality programs through innovative models. With an emphasis on good teaching and an outstanding student experience, we will continue to produce globally competitive graduates and maintain our place among the best in Australia for teaching and learning.
Among our staff are experts who rank in the top one per cent in their field in the world, as well as national and state recipients of Teacher of the Year winners of the prestigious Australian Awards for University Teaching.
•Integrated learning environment
The University of Newcastle offers students an engaged approach to learning through programs that integrate study with practical experience, paid employment and research.
With practical work placement an assessable part of more than 90 per cent of programs offered across all five faculties, our career-ready graduates have some of the highest starting salaries in Australia. Seventy five per cent of our bachelor graduates secure a full-time job within four months of finishing their studies.
•Diverse student experience
Amid intense global competition, our reputation for delivering world-class teaching and learning has attracted students from more than 100 countries. We work hard to continually improve the experience of our diverse student population.
We listen to our students and invest in courses and degrees, facilities and student support services to equip our students well for the future. We provide opportunities for our students to engage not only in learning, but also in research, work or community-focused activities.
•Cutting edge virtual technology
At the University of Newcastle, we offer a flexible approach to education, supported by state-of-the-art virtual learning infrastructure.
Our Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science students have access to a leading-edge, comprehensive training environment in radiation therapy.
Using anatomical and functional imaging studies to design courses of treatment for patients, radiation therapy encompasses three key stages – simulation, planning and treatment. Our students have Australia's first virtual linear accelerator machine which is used in the simulation phase. The new laboratory completes our three phase virtual training environment, complementing the radiation therapy computer planning room and a three dimensional VERT (virtual training) treatment facility.
Occupational Therapy students are enjoying the introduction of a 'virtual house' into the learning environment which allows them to assess 'homes' of people requiring arthritis, dementia and spinal cord injuries. The walk-through navigation, accessed via our BOLD (Blended and Online Learning Design) lab, includes 360 degree visibility and the ability to measure internal dimensions. Door frames, rooms and steps are all set to scale, accurately simulating the exact situation a student would encounter if they were to assess a real house. The virtual house is used to assess a student's ability to observe any hazards or modifications that might be required in the home, depending on the person's disability.
The BOLD Lab team are looking at expanding this virtual learning opportunity across other courses and faculties, including Building and Construction and Education.