Student engagement and experience
Wollotuka takes a holistic approach to engaging with Indigenous students and supporting their experience at the University of Newcastle.
We strive for a culturally affirming and positive academic environment that encourages and inspires students to grow academically, personally and culturally.
The Institute's all-Indigenous staff, with outstanding educational and personal qualifications, support the aspirations of Indigenous students while recognising cultural differences and valuing the diversity of cultural backgrounds.
The Indigenous Student Engagement and Experience Team is lead by Derek Kinchela, a Yuggera/Kamilaroi man, with a wealth of experience working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Indigenous Tutorial Assistance Scheme (ITAS)
The Indigenous Tutorial Assistance Scheme provides qualified tutors to help Indigenous students with their studies, whether it be essay writing skills or any other relevant areas of study. Please contact Robyn Sutherland for further information.
Scholarships and Accommodation
Wollotuka provides assistance to both prospective and current Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in seeking and applying for scholarships and accommodation, both within and outside of the University of Newcastle. Please contact Deana Purcell for scholarships and accommodation information.
Success and Leadership Program
This program encourages Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, particularly final-year students, to develop attributes that will enhance employment opportunities after graduation.
The Wollotuka Institute provides financial support to students currently enrolled at the University of Newcastle to attend local, national and international conferences. As well as conferences Wollotuka can provide financial support to participate in Short Term Study Abroad programs, Overseas Student Exchange programs and workshops.