The University of Newcastle has a proud history of collaborating with Indigenous Australians. We are committed to Aboriginal reconciliation and to our responsibilities as educators in this process.
We have an outstanding track record in Indigenous education. In 2013, 859 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students were enrolled at the University across all faculties and at all study levels. Our enrolment of Indigenous students is almost double the sector average and, in recent years, enrolments have grown by more than 20 per cent.
Leader in Indigenous employment
We are a sector leader in Indigenous employment and have the highest number of Indigenous staff of any university in Australia.
Our NeW Directions Strategic Plan 2013-2015 prioritises the embedding of Indigenous knowledges across the University to nurture, among staff and students, an awareness of issues and a strong commitment to social justice.
A 'whole-of-university' plan
The University of Newcastle was commended in the 2012 Review of Higher Education Access and Outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, Final Report for a 'whole-of-university' approach to Indigenous education and research.
The report highlighted key strategies, including:
- University-wide Key Performance Indicators
- priorities embedded across the institutional strategic plan
- an active Reconciliation Action Plan
- a shared 'whole-of-University' vision, supported by the University's executive management.
The University of Newcastle draws on the knowledge and expertise of The Wollotuka Institute to inform good practice, that contributes to ongoing success.