Wollotuka takes a holistic approach to engaging with Indigenous students and supporting their experience at the University of Newcastle.

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.


Student Engagement

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.

This team is based in the Birabahn Building on the Callaghan Campus making regular visits to Ourimbah and Port Macquarie Campuses.  Staff within this team will link you with relevant services across the University to ensure that your learning experience is as stress-free and enjoyable as possible providing you with opportunities to network with other like-minded Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who may experience similar challenges and rewards along their learning journey.

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.

Indigenous Tutorial and Academic Engagement Scheme (ITAES)

These scheme employs Indigenous Academic Engagement Officers who can assess individual students on the natue of academic resources required to ensure that you successfully complete your studies as independent learners. They can assist with:-

  • referring you to relevant academic development activities and programs that will equip you with the skills to complete your degree
  • organise group study sessions with your student cohort
  • provide you with individualised tutoring to comprehend assessments, projects or essay writing

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.