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Widening Participation Practice

All divisions of the University of Newcastle (UON) are actively involved with improving equity and accessibility in higher education. Below is a snapshot of projects in this field that have been carried out across numerous divisions, faculties and centres of UON.

In conjunction to these projects, more tailored support is offered to Indigenous students through the Wollotuka Institute and the English Language and Foundation Studies Centre provides enabling programs for alternate entry students.

Children's University Newcastle

Children’s University Newcastle is being implemented by the University of Newcastle (UON) and allows students from across the region to take part in extra-curricular activities and have this learning validated.

The program is designed to develop confidence and aspiration in children outside school hours.

Children’s University Newcastle encourages children aged between 7-14 and their families to access a variety of extra learning opportunities at local learning destination providers.

Each participating student receives a Passport that is stamped to validate their learning. When a certain number of hours have been reached, students are invited to a formal graduation ceremony to celebrate their achievements.

UON is one of only three universities offering this program in Australia.

Children’s University Newcastle is a member of Children’s University Australia.

Contact Selina Darney for more information.


The Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program is a university readiness program that includes training for university tutors to help prepare students for success in high school and beyond through skill building, intensive support and developing strong relationships during one hour sessions held weekly over 30 weeks of the school year.

AVID is supported by the University of Newcastle in collaboration with Victoria University and has been implemented by eight schools on the Central Coast with over 600 students participating in the program.

Contact Lauren Hines for more information.

Live, Learn, Grow

Live, Learn, Grow aims to help students with an Out of Home Care (OOHC) experience to access and actively participate in higher education by offering support in areas that are known to present challenges.

Program participants receive tailored support including:

  • Subsidized on-campus accommodation
  • Guaranteed on-campus employment

  • Tailored support with developing academic and social skills throughout the year

The program was funded by a Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Programme (HEPPP) National Priorities Pool Grant and is being supported by CEEHE into the future.

Contact Louise Rak for more information.


Facilitated by the Family Action Centre, Uni4You was established in 2013 to provide extensive support to adults underrepresented in the university population to help them complete the University of Newcastle's enabling program Open Foundation.

Uni4You uses the extensive outreach experience of the Family Action Centre to support adults who have never identified tertiary study as an option or have previously attempted but not succeeded due to socio-environmental factors from the Raymond Terrace, Cessnock, Northlakes and Mayfield communities.

Contact Vicki James for more information.