Resources and Support
Funding and benefits
To support your research project, you will have access to a minimum of $1,500 (pro-rata for part-time candidates) each year. After approval from your School, this money can be used for expenses such as travel to a conference or consumables you might need to carry out your research.
A free laptop
As a University of Newcastle research student, you will be issued with a new laptop at the commencement of your studies.
If you complete your degree the laptop is yours to keep.
All University of Newcastle students have access to a range of online services including student email, UoNline and library services.
Our computer labs, libraries and the student hubs offer a mix of computers and printing facilities for student use. As a research candidate you will have access to a range of specialised/reserved facilities.
You will also be able to connect your University supplied laptop to our network from hotspots located in popular indoor and outdoor areas around the Newcastle (Callaghan) and Central Coast (Ourimbah) campuses.
Online learning - UoNline
Through an online learning system called UoNline, you will have access to specific material for research candidates and content relevant to all University of Newcastle students.
You can also access UoNline on any compatible mobile device by downloading the free mobile application – UoNline Mobile Learn.
The Office of Graduate Studies
The Office of Graduate Studies is a department solely devoted to the provision of support and the delivery of quality programs and services to our research degree candidates.
The Office is responsible for the overall administration of research degree candidature including:
- International Meet and Greets
- Academic progress and monitoring
- Examination of thesis
In addition the Office of Graduate Studies administers research scholarships including:
- Scholarship applications
- Payment of stipend
- Overseas Student Health Cover and other benefits
We run regular seminars on academic skills required for the successful completion of a Research Degree. You are encouraged to take advantage of these free seminars.
The Office of Graduate Studies has developed the Success @ Confirmation program for research degree candidates in their first year. The program will assist you to develop the research and professional skills required to successfully undertake confirmation, the first milestone.
The Success @ Confirmation program has three components - individual consultations, workshops and connections to other University support services.
Learning Support Program
The Centre of Teaching and Learning also run research degree specific workshops aimed at providing students with opportunities to increase their academic skills. Specifically designed to assist with proficiency in reading, writing, speaking and listening skills, details are available on the training and development web page.
Our libraries will be an invaluable resource throughout your research degree experience.
You will have access to more than 1.3 million items, over 370,000 eBooks and over 80,000 electronic journals. You can also make requests for information via SMS, email or phone, 24 hours a day.
Our libraries also feature comfortable, informal work areas where you canmeet friends, collaborate, or simply use as a change of scenery while you do some reading.
If you are having difficulty finding particular books or journals, our dedicated library team members are there to help.
Our student hubs are one-stop-shops for getting information about the University, completing online forms, , getting a parking permit, logging on at an internet express terminal, or getting together with friends to chill out in the café and lounge areas.
These bright, lounge-style learning spaces at the Newcastle City precinct, Newcastle and Central Coast campuses provide you with a 24-hour service.
The Commons have computers, individual work cubicles, printing facilities, lounge areas and cafés, as well as student rovers to offer you support.
International Student Meet and Greet
The Office of Graduate Studies offers a meet and greet service to international students to help with your enrolment. We will provide you with other important information related to your candidature.
Sport and well-being
Your research is likely to make significant demands on your time but it is important to keep healthy and take some breaks. At the University of Newcastle, we offer a range of sport and recreation options that can be a great way to keep fit, make new friends and have lots of fun.
Here's what's on offer:
- The Forum Sports & Aquatic Centre – Callaghan campus, with a 50-metre indoor heated pool; state-of-the-art gymnasium offering strength and cardio training; a cycle studio and a full program of group fitness classes; one of the highest climbing walls in Australia; and an indoor basketball court
- The Forum Health & Wellness Centre – Harbourside in the Newcastle City precinct offers a range of group fitness classes, cardio and strength training, as well as personal training and access to a 25-metre heated pool
- More than 20 sporting clubs
- Sporting scholarships
- Participation in the Australian University Games
- Activities offered through Australian University Sport, the Australian Institute of Sport and NSW Institute of Sport
- Six sporting fields for cricket, rugby union, rugby league, soccer, baseball, touch football and Ultimate Frisbee
- A regional rowing pavilion at Berry Park on the Hunter River.