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Why UoN?

Strong international reputation in research performance

Current rankings

At UON we consistently rank highly in the world-wide systems that measure our academic and research performance against the best universities.

Times Higher Education World University Rankings

The 2013-14 Times Higher Education World University Rankings (THE) has ranked the University of Newcastle in the top 251-275 group of universities, up from 276-300 in 2012.

Nationally, UON has moved up two places since 2012 to rank ninth in the country, and the University is now the highest ranked by the THE outside a capital city in Australia.

Times Higher Education rate institutions across teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook and use 13 performance indicators to provide comprehensive and balanced comparisons, trusted by students, academics, university leaders, industry and governments.

The University of Newcastle was the only Australian university among six finalists in the 2013 Times Higher Education International Video Competition.


QS World University Rankings

In 2013, QS World University Rankings also placed the University of QS World University Ranking logoNewcastle in the top three per cent in the world, specifically at position 298, and at 26th in the world on their list of the world's highest achieving universities under the age of 50 - the QS Top 50 under 50.

Our ranking improvement of seven places on the QS Top 50 under 50 list was the biggest improvement for any Australian university.

QS use a set of six indicators to present a multi-faceted view of the relative strengths of the world's leading universities.

Twelve disciplines in top 200 and rising

Taking a closer look at the 2014 QS Subject Rankings, 12 University of Newcastle disciplines are now ranked in the top 200 universities across the globe. 

Our star performer is the Civil and Structural Engineering discipline which entered the world's Top 50, increasing its ranking by 14 places up to 45th in the world.

The University's Geography discipline ranked in the top 100 for the second year in a row, and Linguistics, which entered the QS World subject rankings last year, moved into the top 100 in 2014.

The University's other Engineering subjects, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, each ranked in the world's top 200. The Environmental Sciences program debuted on the Top 200 list this year. 

These outstanding results highlight our consistent delivery of high-impact research and world-class education outcomes. And we just keep getting better.

 2013
World rank (derived)
2013
Australian rank
World
movement 2012-13

Geography

96

8

up 28 positions

Engineering Civil & Structural

59

7

up 45 positions

Engineering Chemical

122

7

up 37 positions

Engineering Electrical

142

9

up 21 positions

Engineering Mechanical

131

8

up 46 positions

English Language and Literature

149

10

up 46 positions

Linguistics

109

9

Not previously ranked

Education

128

20

up 23 positions

Medicine

157

9

up positions

Sociology

185

14

Not previously ranked

QS Stars - Rated for ExcellenceQS Stars 2014 rated for excellence

In 2014 we once again achieved the maximum overall QS Stars ranking of five stars, with five and four star ratings across key areas.

QS Stars gives universities the opportunity to highlight their strengths via awarded recognition and across a broad set of criteria. Over 30 criteria contribute towards the overall assessment grouped into eight categories: research, employability, teaching, infrastructure, internationalisation, innovation, engagement and the institution's standing in specialist subjects.

Our Research Strengths

We have a strong research presence across the breadth of our disciplines and are particularly proud of our leadership and international recognition in our fields of strength.

  • Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) awards Newcastle highest rating of 5 in 2012 for:
    • Biochemistry and Cell Biology
    • Cardiovascular Medicine and Haematology
    • Human Movement and Sports Science
    • Immunology
    • Neurosciences
    • Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Oncology and Carcinogenesis
    • Psychology
  • Brings leaders together through the Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI)

 
Our leaders in health and medical research

ProfilePic-SansonFisher.jpgLaureate Professor Rob Sanson-Fisher AO

Behavioural Medicine

Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher is an internationally recognised cancer care and health behaviour expert. His latest ground-breaking research aims to reshape thinking surrounding death and chronic illness, so that end-of-life preparations are as thorough as preparing for the birth of a child.

» Rob's researcher profile

ProfilePic-JohnAitken.jpgLaureate Professor John Aitken

Reproductive Medicine

Professor Aitken is a global authority on reproductive biology. Supported by funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), his research offers a solution to unsustainable population growth.

» John's researcher profile

Nick-Talley-7.jpgProfessor Nick Talley

Gastroenterology

Professor Nick Talley is a neurogastroenterologist, a specialist in unexplained gut disorders affecting nerves and muscles such as irritable bowel syndrome, severe indigestion and slow stomach emptying, conditions which affect millions of people.

» Nick's researcher profile

Julie-Byles.jpgProfessor Julie Byles

Gerontology and Ageing

Professor Julie Byles is the Director of the University of Newcastle’s Priority Research Centre for Gender, Health and Ageing. A key activity of the Centre is the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health which aims to identify biological, psychosocial and environmental factors affecting the health of women from all walks of life.

» Julie's researcher profile

Ron-Plotnikoff.jpgProfessor Ron Plotnikoff

Human Movement and Sports Science

Professor Ron Plotnikoff is Director of the Priority Research Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition which has an interdisciplinary approach to understanding physical activity and nutrition relating to population health strategies for chronic disease prevention, treatment and wellbeing.

» Ron's researcher profile

Peter-and-Paul.jpgLaureate Professor Paul Foster and Conjoint Professor Peter Gibson

Immunology / Asthma

Laureate Professor Paul Foster and Conjoint Professor Peter Gibson, co-Directors of the University’s Priority Research Centre for Asthma and Respiratory Diseases, lead highly talented teams of scientists and doctors who integrate the latest advances in laboratory technology to understand and manage the treatment of chronic airway conditions and respiratory diseases such as asthma.
» Paul's researcher profile       » Peter's researcher profile

Rodney-and-Pablo2.jpgProfessor Rodney Scott and Professor Pablo Moscato

Information Based Medicine

Geneticist Professor Rodney Scott and computer scientist Professor Pablo Moscato are co-Directors of the University of Newcastle’s Priority Research Centre for Bioinformatics, Biomarker Discovery and Information-Based Medicine.  This successful collaboration between two internationally renowned researchers is using medical science and computer analysis to unlock the mysteries of cancer and other diseases.
» Rodney's researcher profile       » Pablo's researcher profile

ProfilePic-ChrisLevi.jpgConjoint Professor Chris Levi

Neurosciences - Stroke

Working on eight ground-breaking research projects, internationally renowned researcher Conjoint Professor Chris Levi is on a medical mission to cure stroke.

» Chris' researcher profile

Profile-Pic-JohnForbes.jpgProfessor John Forbes AM

Oncology - Breast Cancer

Professor Forbes AM is an internationally renowned researcher in the field of breast cancer prevention and treatment, with a number of pioneering breakthroughs credited with saving millions of women's lives over his 40 year career.

» John's researcher profile

 
Our health and medical related centres and institutes

Hunter Medical Research InstituteHunter Medical Research Institute

The Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI) supports the Hunter's internationally recognised health and medical research, education and training.  HMRI is a multidisciplinary partnership between the University of Newcastle and Hunter New England Local Health District and the community.  Established in 1998, HMRI facilitates collaborations between researchers translating scientific advances into better clinical care, competitive commercial products and improved health care guidelines.

Asthma and Respiratory DiseasesAsthma and Respiratory Diseases

The Priority Research Centre for Asthma and Respiratory Diseases focuses on understanding the cellular and molecular processes that are associated with the development and progression of respiratory diseases, such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Bioinformatics, Biomarker Discovery and Information-Based MedicineBioinformatics, Biomarker Discovery and Information-Based Medicine

The Priority Research Centre for Bioinformatics, Biomarker Discovery and Information-Based Medicine (CIBM) is committed to shortening the process of obtaining novel discoveries to achieve distinctively better outcomes in clinical practice and translational individualised medicine.

CancerCancer

The Priority Research Centre for Cancer seeks to reduce the impact of cancer by working to better understand the biology of the disease in order to tailor treatments to its genetic and proteomic profile.

Gender, Health and AgeingGender, Health and Ageing

The Priority Research Centre for Gender, Health and Ageing focuses on the individual and social factors that affect the health and well-being of men and women as they age, and the ways in which communities and organisations respond to an ageing population.

Health BehaviourHealth Behaviour

The Centre for Health Behaviour (CHB) uses intervention and service delivery to promote healthy behaviours and good quality healthcare across communities.

Physical Activity and NutritionPhysical Activity and Nutrition

The Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition investigates physical activity and nutrition for population health, with particular emphasis on education and health promotion strategies for chronic disease prevention, treatment and wellbeing.

Reproductive ScienceReproductive Science

The Priority Research Centre for Reproductive Science works to improve the health of pregnant women and provides key information on the determinants of 'A Healthy Start to Life'.

Translational Neuroscience and Mental HealthTranslational Neuroscience and Mental Health

The Priority Research Centre for Translational Neuroscience and Mental Health (CTNMH) is focused on increasing understanding of brain/mental disorders including schizophrenia, stroke, pain and sensory dysfunction, ageing and cognition, depression, and balance disorders.

  • Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) awards Newcastle highest rating of 5 in 2012 for:
    • Applied Mathematics
    • Macromolecular and Materials Chemistry
    • Geology
    • Physical Geography and Environmental Geosciences
    • Biochemistry and Cell Biology
    • Plant Biology
    • Civil Engineering
    • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Resources Engineering and Extractive Metallurgy
  • The University of Newcastle leads the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Geotechnical Science and Engineering .


Our leaders in science and engineering research

%globals_asset_name:19077Laureate Professor Jon Borwein

Experimental mathematics and π (Pi)

A pioneer of experimental mathematics, Professor Borwein's work as the Director of the Priority Research Centre for Computer-Assisted Research Mathematics and its Applications (CARMA) has placed the University at the cutting edge of this field.

» Jon's researcher profile

%globals_asset_name:19154ARC Laureate Professor Scott Sloan

Geotechnical Engineering

ARC Laureate Professor Scott Sloan is the Director of the University’s Centre for Geotechnical and Materials Modelling and also leads the ARC Centre of Excellence in Geotechnical Science and Engineering.  A Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, Professor Sloan is an expert in soil stability analysis.

» Scott's researcher profile

%globals_asset_name:68872Professor Rob Melchers

Marine Corrosion

Professor Rob Melchers’ research on marine corrosion is leading the way towards safer, more resilient offshore engineering and construction.  The corrosion of steel in marine environments is a big issue for the water industry worldwide, in particular the corrosion of mooring chains and wire rope for offshore platforms.

» Rob's researcher profile

Natashia.Boland@newcastle.edu.au.jpgProfessor Natashia Boland

Mathematical optimisation and feasibility

Professor Natashia Boland is an Associate Director of the University’s Centre for Computer-Assisted Research Mathematics and its Applications (CARMA). Her research in the field of mathematical optimisation and feasibility is essential for industries as diverse as airlines, telecommunications, robotics, radiotherapy, mining, military deployment and supply chain management.

» Natashia's researcher profile

%globals_asset_name:20651Associate Professor Tristan Perez

Mechatronics and Intelligent Autonomous Vehicles

Associate Professor Tristan Perez is working with the Australian Department of Defence and companies such as Boeing Research and Technology Australia to research and develop strategies for guidance, navigation, and motion control for next generation Intelligent Autonomous Vehicles (IAVs).

» Tristan's researcher profile

%globals_asset_name:20606Professor Adam McCluskey

Medicinal and Organic Chemistry

Professor Adam McCluskey is the Director of the University of Newcastle’s Priority Research Centre for Chemical Biology. He is involved in research resulting in four key drug discovery areas being pursued: epilepsy, kidney disease, cancer, and anti-viral.

» Adam's researcher profile

Reza.Moheimani@newcastle.edu.au.jpgProfessor Reza Moheimani

Nanotechnology

ARC Fellow Professor Reza Moheimani is an Associate Director of the University’s Priority Research Centre for Complex Dynamic Systems and Control.  His research includes developing nanotechnology capable of creating maximum memory on the smallest piece of technology, allowing people to carry huge amounts of information on a tiny portable device.

» Reza's researcher profile

%globals_asset_name:32754Associate Professor Sarah Johnson

Protecting information – cryptography

In a digital age where information privacy is key, Associate Professor Sarah Johnson is developing next generation quantum key distribution (QKD) technology which has the potential to protect companies from espionage attacks and guard a country against cyber-terrorism.

» Sarah's researcher profile

 
Our science and engineering centres and institutes

Centre of Excellence for Geotechnical Science and EngineeringCentre of Excellence for Geotechnical Science and Engineering

Laureate Professor Scott Sloan from the School of Engineering is the Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Geotechnical Science and Engineering (CGSE).  The Centre pioneers new scientific approaches to geotechnical engineering design to underpin Australia's energy and transport infrastructure, resulting in increased productivity and sustainability of the nation's major export industries.

Chemical BiologyChemical Biology

The Priority Research Centre for Chemical Biology seeks to unravel the causes of disease by identifying crucial biological targets and pioneering the rapid development of novel drugs for the fight against disease.

Complex and Dynamic SystemsComplex and Dynamic Systems

The Priority Research Centre for Complex Dynamic Systems and Control specialises in design, control and analysis and performance optimisation for complex dynamic systems.

Computer Assisted Research Mathematics and its ApplicationsComputer Assisted Research Mathematics and its Applications

The Priority Research Centre for Computer Assisted Research Mathematics and its Applications (CARMA) explores the development of techniques and tools for computer-assisted discovery and data-mining including mathematical visualization.

Geotechnical and Materials ModellingGeotechnical and Materials Modelling

The Priority Research Centre for Geotechnical and Materials Modelling develops new models and innovative computational methods for predicting the behaviour of geomaterials, metals and composites. Advanced computational methods, coupled with laboratory and field testing are key tools in this pursuit.

Infrastructure Performance and ReliabilityInfrastructure Performance and Reliability

The Centre for Infrastructure Performance and Reliability (CIPAR) is at the international forefront in assessing the reliability, safety, durability and management of buildings, bridges, pipelines, aviation, and other infrastructure systems. The pioneering research at CIPAR includes risk and reliability assessment, corrosion of infrastructure, and structural masonry.

Interdisciplinary Built Environment ResearchInterdisciplinary Built Environment Research

The Centre for Interdisciplinary Built Environment Research (CIBER) was formed in 2003 to address important social, cultural and technical challenges involving architecture, building and design.

Space PhysicsSpace Physics

The Centre for Space physics examines space weather to better understand its impact on billions of dollars worth of spacecraft and related infrastructure.

  • Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) awards Newcastle highest rating of 5 in 2012 for:
    • Geology
    • Physical Geography and Environmental Geosciences
    • Plant Biology
    • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
    • Resources Engineering and Extractive Metallurgy
  • Leading research in sustainable energy production through the Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources (NIER)

 
Our leaders in energy and environment research

Profile-Pic-ChrisGrof.jpgProfessor Chris Grof

Biofuel

Biologist Professor Chris Grof's love of plants has developed into a quest to engineer a viable biofuel that could reduce Australians' reliance on fossil fuels.  Director of the Centre for Plant Science, Professor Grof has taken a lead role in a research project to develop sorghum as a biofuel.

» Chris' researcher profile

MarkJones-ProfilePic.jpgProfessor Mark Jones

Bulk solids (materials) handling

With a global reputation as an authority on pneumatic conveying and bulk solids handling, Engineering Professor Mark Jones and his team have delivered more than 3,500 bulk solids handling projects for over 1,000 companies across 40 countries.

» Mark's researcher profile

behdad-and-eli.jpgProfessor Behdad Moghtaderi and Dr Elham Doroodchi

Clean and Renewable Energy

Chemical engineers Professor Behdad Moghtaderi and Dr Elham Doroodchi are driven by a desire to develop technologies to help reduce greenhouse emissions.  Developed in conjunction with Granite Power Ltd, GRANEX is an emission-free engine that turns heat from low-grade sources into electricity.  Professor Moghtaderi and his research team are currently delivering safe, new methods of managing Ventilation Air Methane generated by underground coal mines.

» Behdad's researcher profile       » Elham's researcher profile

ProfilePic-GraemeJameson.jpgLaureate Professor Graeme Jameson AO

Mineral Separation Process (The Jameson Cell)

Laureate Professor Graeme Jameson is a chemical engineer and inventor of the Jameson Cell, a revolutionary mineral processing technology that contributes more than three billion dollars to the national economy every year.

» Graeme's researcher profile

Profile-Pic-KevinGalvin.jpgProfessor Kevin Galvin

Mineral Separation Process (Reflux Classifier)

Professor Kevin Galvin developed the Reflux Classifier, an industrial machine that separates fine particles on the basis of either density or size, saving the global mining and minerals processing industry billions of dollars.

» Kevin's researcher profile

Alan-Broadfoot.jpgDr Alan Broadfoot

Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources

Dr Alan Broadfoot is the Director of the world-class Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources (NIER), established to address rapidly emerging issues in the energy and resources sector. Providing practical and viable benefits to industry, the community and the economy, NIER is advancing research in clean energy production, energy efficiency and the minimisation of carbon emissions through its research.

» Alan's researcher profile

Erich-Kisi-2.jpgProfessor Erich Kisi and Dr Heber Sugo

Solar Energy

Material engineers Professor Erich Kisi and Dr Heber Sugo have received $515,000 from the Australian Solar Institute to create a new device that converts solar energy directly into electricity.  Working with materials at much higher temperatures than their European and North American colleagues, Sugo and Kisi's research produces a more efficient conversion of heat into electricity, thereby reducing production and environmental costs.

» Professor Erich Kisi       » Dr Heber Sugo

Paul.Dastoor@newcastle.edu.au.jpgProfessor Paul Dastoor

Solar Paint

Designing revolutionary innovations such as solar paint and needle-free glucose tests has put Professor Paul Dastoor at the forefront of the emerging field of organic electronics. His advances are set to improve the environment and lives of communities around the world.

» Paul's researcher profile

 
Our energy and environment centres and institutes

  • The University of Newcastle was the only university to receive a rating of 5 in Social Work in the 2012 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessment.
  • Four humanities disciplines – education and training; English language and literature; linguistics; and sociology disciplines were listed in the top 200 in the world in the 2013 QS University World Subject Rankings.
  • The Newcastle Conservatorium of Music is a premier facility hosting concerts by local, interstate and international artists.
  • Echology is the University of Newcastle’s mulit-award winning, internationally renowned chamber choir.
  • The Creative Industries Research and Innovation Cluster (CIRIC) takes a coordinated multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approach, engaging across the many stakeholders that contribute to the growth and health of contemporary creative economies.


Our leaders in humanities and creative arts research

Profile-Pic-MichaelOndaatje.jpgDr Michael Ondaatje

African American Political History

Identified by the US Department of State as an emerging international leader, Dr Michael L. Ondaatje is challenging and exploring the role race plays in contemporary American politics.

» Michael's researcher profile

GillianArrighi.jpgDr Gillian Arrighi

Circus Studies

Dr Gillian Arrighi is interested in the circus, the role of children in the entertainment industry, and the arts/health nexus, particularly the impact creative engagement has on everyday life.  Her research investigates the social significance of the growth of community-based circus and circus skills groups since the 1970s. 

» Gillian's researcher profile

philipmathias.jpgDr Philip Matthias

Church music and chamber choir

As an organist, composer and choral director, Dr Philip Matthias led the University of Newcastle’s Chamber Choir to a win in the Battle of the Choirs national television series in 2008.  He is now developing a repertoire of liturgical music that is uniquely Australian, including Indigenous music. 

» Philip's researcher profile

Mario-Minichiello.jpgProfessor Mario Minichiello

Design and Visual Communication

Professor Mario Minichiello is a world-renowned designer, illustrator, artist and academic professor with a reputation for innovation, taking risks and developing different ways of thinking. He is committed to developing a better understanding of the role of drawing as both a language for art and design practice, and as a means of thinking and researching social and personal issues.

» Mario's researcher profile

Patricia-Pender.jpgDr Patricia Pender

Early Modern Women’s Writing

Dr Patricia Pender is a co-founder of the Early Modern Women’s Research Network which has continued to gain momentum and global recognition since its inception in 2007.  Dr Pender’s research challenges and refines categories of authorship that have been defined in almost exclusively masculine terms.

» Patricia's researcher profile

Jenny-Gore.jpgProfessor Jenny Gore

Education

Professor Jennifer Gore is driven by the goal of improving teaching and teacher education for the benefit of students in all schools.  She was a key member of the research team that generated the concept of Productive Pedagogy and co-authored the NSW model of pedagogy, known as Quality Teaching.  She is currently leading a study looking at how children’s career aspirations are formed in the middle years of schooling.

» Jenny's researcher profile

richard_vella.jpgProfessor Richard Vella

Music composition

Professor Richard Vella has a diverse output including works for orchestra, large ensemble, choir, film, chamber music, burlesque cabaret, music theatre, site-specific performances and popular music genres.  Many of his works are now recognised as set repertoire such as his ‘Tango’ for clarinet, and the guitar solos ‘Between Earth and Air’ and ‘Mirrors of Fire’. 

» Richard's researcher profile

ProfilePic-MelGrey.jpgProfessor Mel Gray

Social Work

Professor Mel Gray is a pioneer and champion of culturally-relevant social work education, research and practice. Her more recent research examines the role that research plays in improving the delivery of human services, for example how, and how effectively, is evidence-based knowledge transferred from researchers to social workers and human services practitioners, and implemented in practice.

» Mel's researcher profile

kit.messham-muir@newcastle.edu.au.jpgDr Christian Messham-Muir

Visual Arts

Dr Christian Messham-Muir examines the ways in which interpretive practices in galleries and museums impact upon visitors’ experiences, particularly by evoking memory and emotion.  A current research project, ‘Teaching and Learning for the Net Generation’, focuses on socially disadvantaged students and considers the way technology impacts students’ approaches to knowledge, learning and assessment.

» Christian's researcher profile


Our humanities and creative arts centres and institutes

Collaborative Environments for Creative Arts Research (CeCAR) is an interdisciplinary research group located within the School of Creative Arts, Faculty of Education and Arts. CeCAR brings together national and international researchers in the creative arts, humanities, sciences, health and social sciences with external collaborators in the community, industry, other universities and institutes.

History of ViolenceHistory of Violence

The Centre for the History of Violence explores every aspect of the history of violence, including concepts of violence, representations of violence, questions of interpersonal violence and issues of political and cultural violence.

Hunter Creative Industries and TechnologyHunter Creative Industries and Technology

The Hunter Creative Industries and Technology Centre (HCIT) provides a gateway into the University's  knowledge community of creative thinkers and innovators.  Working collaboratively with national and international business and knowledge communities,  the Centre will address the creative, research and business opportunities of future. The Mission of the Hunter Creative Industries and Technology centre is to develop research knowledge and innovation within national and international scholarly communities.

Study of Research Training and Impact - SORTIStudy of Research Training and Impact - SORTI

The Centre for the Study of Research Training and Impact (SORTI) is focused on understanding and developing research and higher order problem solving skills, and the impact of research training and research outcomes in a wide variety of contexts.

The world is experiencing an unprecedented wave of language extinctions, resulting in loss of cultural identities, knowledge systems, and the variety of data needed to understand the structure of language in the mind. Documenting endangered languages preserves data and stimulates language maintenance and revitalisation.

Social Work had outstanding record in research recognised by the award of a five rating in the last Excellent in Research for Australia (ERA) exercise. This was the highest ERA rating for social work in Australia and Newcastle was the only university to have received a five in this field of research.

The Teachers and Teaching research program investigates teacher professional learning (including preservice, induction, inservice and leadership) and teaching practice (including curriculum, pedagogy, and assessment) with particular emphases on quality, equity and technology.

  • The University of Newcastle Legal Centre is both a community legal service and a teaching facility for University of Newcastle law students.  The Legal Centre provides free advice and information to members of the community on a range of issues. 
  • An initiative of the Legal Centre is the annual 'Law on the Beach', which is a free legal advice clinic staffed by University of Newcastle professional program students and Legal Centre lawyers.  Specifically directed to young people, it is run at Newcastle beach during January and February each year.
  • Launched in 1995 the Newcastle Law Review has seen an impressive variety of articles and notes published in more traditional categories of legal scholarship.  The Editorial Board comprises eminent judges, practitioners and legal academics from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom.

 
Our leaders in business and law research

%globals_asset_name:19058Professor Gordon Boyce

Business and international institutions

Professor Gordon Boyce is a recognised authority on institutional and organisational performance in an international context, with specific reference to systems that support organisational decision-making, negotiating, and inter-firm learning.  His research addresses a series of inter-related themes surrounding information theory and the economics of information.

» Gordon's researcher profile

%globals_asset_name:19776Professor Richard Dunford

Business Management

A Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management, Professor Richard Dunford’s research interests lie in the in the areas of strategic management, organisational design, organisational change and organisational discourse, with a particular focus on innovative business models and new organisational forms.

» Richard's researcher profile

%globals_asset_name:96701Professor Sandeep Gopalan

Commercial and international law

A Rhodes Scholar, Professor Sandeep Gopalan is Dean of the Newcastle Law School.  Internationally regarded, Professor Gopalan's research interests are in commercial law, international law, corporate governance and contract law.  He is widely published by leading law journals in the United States and is a respected media commentator across print, television, radio and online.

»  Sandeep's researcher profile

%globals_asset_name:19038Professor Bill Mitchell

Employment and Equity

Professor Bill Mitchell, a world-renowned expert on employment and equity, is the Director of the University’s Centre of Full Employment and Equity (CofFEE).  Established in 1998, CofFEE promotes research aimed at restoring full employment and achieving an economy that delivers equitable outcomes, particularly for the disadvantaged.

» Bill's researcher profile

%globals_asset_name:19763Dr Paul Docherty

Finance

Dr Paul Docherty’s research interests lie in empirical finance and capital markets, focusing primarily on asset pricing.  He collaborates extensively with academics from the University of Melbourne and is also undergoing research collaboration with an industry partner, Platypus Asset Management.

»  Paul's researcher profile

%globals_asset_name:19200Professor Ted Wright

Law

Professor Ted Wright holds the Belle Wiese Chair of Legal Ethics at the University of Newcastle.  He has undertaken research on behalf of the Law Council of Australia, the Attorney-General's departments of the Commonwealth, NSW, Queensland and Victoria, the Legal Aid Commission of NSW, the Queensland Criminal Justice Commission (now the Crime and Misconduct Commission), Queensland Legal Services Commissioner, Motor Accidents Authority of NSW, County Court of Victoria, and NRMA Insurance (now IAG).

» Ted's researcher profile

%globals_asset_name:19749Professor Alison Dean

Marketing management

Professor Alison Dean has two major areas of research interest.  The first is service marketing and management, which includes customer loyalty, consumer participation in service delivery, co-created value, and service quality. Her second area of research interest is pedagogy in business courses, with special emphasis on graduate attributes, and assessment.

»  Alison's researcher profile

%globals_asset_name:94357Associate Professor Rebecca Mitchell

Organisational behaviour

Internationally-renowned organisational behaviour expert, Associate Professor Rebecca Mitchell is helping to form a new generation of interprofessional healthcare teams.

» Rebecca's researcher profile

%globals_asset_name:21968Dr Patricia Johnson

Tourism and cultural studies

Dr Patricia Johnson’s research is interdisciplinary and lies within the areas of tourism studies and cultural studies.  She maintains an active and interdisciplinary research focus which draws from English literature, cultural studies, sociology, geography, anthropology, gender studies and tourism studies to engage concepts such as the emerging area of cosmopolitanism, liminality, the tourist gaze and cultural capital.

» Patricia's researcher profile

 
Our business and law centres and institutes

Full Employment and EquityFull Employment and Equity

The Centre of Full Employment and Equity (CofFEE) promotes research aimed at restoring full employment and achieving an economy that delivers equitable outcomes for all.

  • The University promotes and encourages quality indigenous research activities which link research outcomes to our teaching curricula through the Wollotuka Institute.
  • The Umulliko Indigenous Higher Education Centre endeavours to invigorate a new pathway of research and researching training that is nationally relevant and of significant importance to Indigenous Australians. In the language of the Awabakal people, Umulliko means 'to create, to make, to do' and this forms the primary focus of research and training for the Wollotuka Institute.


Our leaders in indigenous research

Dennis.Foley@newcastle.edu.au-.jpgProfessor Dennis Foley

Indigenous Enterprise and Entrepreneurship

Professor Dennis Foley researches and teaches across numerous academic fields related to Indigenous Australians, directing his main research focus towards the discipline of Indigenous enterprise and entrepreneurship. He is a member of the Darug Tribal Aboriginal Corporation and Director of both the Mandurah Hunter Indigenous Business Chamber and the NSW Indigenous Chamber of Commerce.

»  Dennis' researcher profile

Victoria-Haskins-3.jpgAssociate Professor Victoria Haskins

Indigenous History

Associate Professor Victoria Haskins is intrigued by domestic service practices and policies and their impact on race relations.  A Co-Director of PURAI, the Global Indigenous and Diaspora Research Studies Centre, she was awarded an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship in 2009 to conduct a transnational study of state intervention and Indigenous domestic service in Australia and the United States.

» Victoria's researcher profile

Profile-Pic-JohnMaynard.jpgProfessor John Maynard

Indigenous History

Professor Maynard's journey began with a desire to piece together a family history and has now seen him become one of the world's most prolific and respected voices on Indigenous history.

» John's researcher profile


mark_lock_for-web.jpgDr Mark Lock

Indigenous Health

Dr Mark Lock was awarded the largest Discovery Indigenous grant by the Australian Research Council for research into Indigenous health in 2013. A descendant from the Waanguybuwan tribe in NSW, Dr Lock will conduct research into Indigenous health policy in order to improve national policy processes.

» Mark's researcher profile

Kym-Rae-2.jpgDr Kym Rae

Indigenous Reproductive Health

Dr Kym Rae's research is aimed at reducing premature and low birth weight deliveries in Aboriginal communities. She is the program coordinator for both the Scientific research and ArtsHealth Gomeroi gaaynggal program, designed to improve the health outcomes of expectant Aboriginal mothers. Dr Rae is committed to developing research in partnership with Aboriginal people and providing ongoing capacity building opportunities for Aboriginal researchers.

» Kym's researcher profile


Our indigenous centres and institutes

Wollotuka InstituteThe Wollotuka Institute

Wollotuka is committed to the advancement and leadership of Indigenous education at a local, national and global level. It also continues to draw strength from culture, communities and past journeys.

Purai - Global Indigenous and Diaspora ResearchPurai - Global Indigenous and Diaspora Research

Purai is an exciting research initiative to integrate global and transnational analytical perspectives and frameworks with research on Indigenous and diaspora studies, and other related topics of race and society.

Umulliko Indigenous Higher Education CentreUmulliko Indigenous Higher Education Centre

The Umulliko Indigenous Higher Education Centre seeks a deeper level of framework, in which the past, present and future are combined to form a holistic Indigenous understanding.

Great locations and campus life

University of Newcastle has two main campuses. The largest, set on 140 hectare natural bushland site, is Callaghan, 12 kilometres from the city centre of Newcastle. The other main campus is located on picturesque 85 hectare site at Ourimbah on the Central Coast, halfway between Newcastle and Sydney. Our Newcastle City precinct comprises the Newcastle Business School, the Newcastle Legal Centre and the Conservatorium of Music.

The University has also recently secured $95m for the construction of a landmark education precinct in the Newcastle CBD. The NeW Space will position the University as an international leader in the provision of modern, high-tech education.

Join us at any time

Once you have an offer of admission, you are welcome to start your research program on almost any weekday of the year.