Business and industry
Our Faculty's cooperative relationships and strong partnerships with industry ensure that we continue to provide resourceful, articulate graduates who meet the needs of industry in their professional roles.
There are many ways for industry and the professions to become involved, including:
- Involvement in course delivery
- Review and development of undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs
- Collaboration on final-year student projects to solve real-world problems
Industry funded scholarships
Funding scholarships at both undergraduate and postgraduate level is a mutually productive and successful way for your organisation to collaborate with our Faculty and students. Working with our students not only gives your business an avenue to view the strengths and abilities of potential graduates, but also enhances our students' preparation for professional practice in your industry.
UNISS - the University of Newcastle Industry Scholarship Scheme
UNISS is a five year integrated program that combines degree studies with industry attachment, providing our scholars not only with welcome financial support throughout their degree but also, more importantly, with an accelerated start to their careers.
As a sponsor, you take part in the selection process and have access to students of the highest standard who are able to contribute to company projects without employee on-costs. At the same time, you have the opportunity to introduce scholars to the culture and ethics of the workplace, benefiting both parties. And although the financial benefit may vary from company to company, each sponsor's contribution to the University carries with it a tax incentive.List of current UNISS Industry Sponsors
Collaborative final year engineering projects
One of the distinctive features of the engineering programs at Newcastle is the project carried out by final year undergraduate students. The project aims to prepare students for the workplace and topics are based on real industry examples.
For industry, involvement in final year projects provides the opportunity to have solutions developed to real problems. Many industries have become involved in final year projects on a number of levels such as:
- Topic: the industry partner provides a topic and acts as a co-supervisor for the student
- Facilities and Resources: the industry partner also provides access to specialist equipment and other appropriate resources
- Sponsorship: the industry partners also provide a scholarship for the project.
Research higher degree sponsorship
For a relatively small investment, sponsoring a research scholarship gives industry the chance to have a complex problem solved with access to our talented students, staff and state-of-the-art facilities.
There are two main forms of collaboration: the establishment of a project as a Linkage Grant through the Australian Research Council (ARC), through which the ARC provides additional funding to that provided by industry; or direct funding of a scholarship.
If you are interested in supporting a research scholarship or becoming involved in final year projects, then please contact Dr Andrew Johnson, Associate Director - Business Development.