2012 Times Higher Education World University Rankings places Newcastle in the 276-300 bracket.
The new $90 million HMRI Building opens its doors, housing more than 450 medical researchers from the University and Hunter New England Local Health District.
In the QS World University Rankings, Newcastle rises from 291 to 268 in the world.
The Chamber Choir takes out the silver medal at the Seventh Annual Choir Games held in Cincinnati.
In June 2012, the QS Top 50 under 50 world rankings place Newcastle at number 33 of top 50 universities in the world under 50 years of age; and the Times Higher Education World University Rankings place Newcastle number 45 in its inaugural 100 Under 50.
The University is awarded an Employer of Choice for Women citation.
In the 2012 Academic Ranking of World Universities, Newcastle places 356th in the world; and 128th in the world in the field of ‘Engineering/Technology and Computer Science’.
Professor Phil Morgan is named 2012 Scopus Young Researcher of the Year; and receives an Award for Teaching Excellence in the 2012 Australian Awards for University Teaching, from the Office for Learning and Teaching.
The Central Coast campus opens the doors of its $3.2 million library redevelopment.
The University launches Engage Newcastle – a virtual interface to forge closer ties with the region’s community, business and industry.
Associate Professor Seamus Fagan receives the ‘Distinguished Contribution to the Field of International Education’ award at the Australian International Education Conference.
The $2 million Chameleon Clinical Skills Training Centre opens at the John Hunter Hospital and is used by students in the Bachelor of Medicine Joint Medical Program (JMP).
University of Newcastle researcher Dr Nikki Verrills is awarded a $360,000 grant to examine a potential new treatment for leukaemia patients.
Laureate Professor John Aitken is named NSW Scientist of the Year at the 2012 NSW Science and Engineering awards in Sydney. Laureate Professor Paul Foster won the Excellence in Biological Sciences (Human and Animal Health) category at the same awards.
Five mid-career researchers received prestigious Future Fellowships from the Australian Research Council.
The University of Newcastle becomes home to the nation’s first virtual linear accelerator machine that mimics the clinical radiation treatment technology currently used to treat cancer patients.
Professor Kevin Galvin is honoured with one of Australian science’s most prestigious awards - the 2012 Ian Wark Medal and Lecture.
The 2012 Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning through the Australian Government’s Australian Awards for University Teaching program recognises Dr Catriona Malau, Dr Liam Phelan, Dr Marita Lynagh, Dr Sue Outram and Dr Conor Gilligan.
Through the University's philanthropic arm, UON Foundation, the community generously gives more than $5 million in 2011.
Donations and bequests to the University over the past decade reach more than $40 million.