Faculty of Business and LawFaculty of Business and Law


I am a PhD candidate at the law school working on gender diversity on corporate boards. My thesis is supervised by the Dean of the law school, Prof. Sandeep Gopalan who has published extensively in international journals. Apart from guidance on my topic itself, I had the opportunity of co-authoring a paper with me which was a great learning experience. The law school also has other international faculty from the UK, U.S. and Canada with different areas of expertise. Since my area is corporate law, I'd mention a senior lecturer John Ho who has also published internationally in the area. There are also four other PhD students pursuing corporate law related research theses. This affords us an intellectually stimulating environment during our stay at the university.

I think the advantage of doing a masters course here is the opportunity to learn in a close knit, yet relatively small community. There is also a research stream in the LLM program which allows students to assess whether they would be interested in pursuing a PhD.

As an international student, I found the support offered by UON Global very useful when I first arrived here. There are also student associations of different nationalities or even groups based on different interests. There is both an Indian and a Pakistani student association which organize social events from time to time. At the same time, cross-cultural groups and the uON Global itself organize various events to get us settled in and build networks.

The location, Newcastle, offers a quite study environment while at the same time being a 3 hour train journey away from Sydney.

“Leading through Innovation”

Currently in his final year of study, Dominic May has had many stand-out moments during his time at UON. Most notably Dominic led The University of Newcastle Business and Commerce Association as President, while also serving on a number of other boards, including The Faculty of Business and Law Board, The Student Advisory Council, and a Director of NUsport.

Dominic’s studies have led him to Singaopore where he studied entrepreneurship at the prestigious Nanyang Technological University. Recently he has been recognised as The National Student Leader of the Year by The Australian Institute of Management for his demonstrated leadership capacity in their annual Leadership Excellence Awards.

Dominic May
Bachelor of Business / Bachelor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

“Taking learning overseas”

Katie Lee recently graduated from a Bachelor of Business majoring in Tourism and Management. During her studies she completed a paid work placement as part of her degree. In June 2016, Katie travelled to China on a work integrated learning trip where she spent four weeks working in a large company in Beijing.

Currently undertaking an honours degree, Katie is one of two students who received a scholarship to work on a project funded by the Newcastle City Council (NCC) to assist in achieving the NCC’s Destination Management Plan 2016-2019.

Katie’s honours project ‘Visiting Friends and Relatives Tourism’, specifically aims to better understand the motivations of Newcastle residents and international students to recommend Newcastle as a place to visit to their friends and relatives.

Katie Lee
Bachelor of Business, 2016

“Contributing to social justice”

UON graduate, Laura Bereicua is doing incredible things with her combined Arts/Law degree. During her studies Laura participated in student exchange where she lived and studied political science at Stockholm University in Sweden and worked for a local community legal organisation in Chiang Mai, Thailand as part of a work integrated learning trip.

Laura’s experience in the Newcastle Legal Centre assisting clients with their legal issues; undertaking placement in the community legal centre and courts; participating in client-interview and negotiation competition was a contributing factor to her early career success.

After graduation, Laura took a role at Allen Linklaters and spent the next two years training in their Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution; and Technology, Media and Telecommunications teams. Now an Associate at Allen’s, specialising in Dispute Resolution and Investigations (Employment and Safety) she is also the Pro Bono Coordinator for Allen’s Sydney office and spends part of her week coordinating the firm’s contribution to important social justice issues.

Laura Bereicua
Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (Combined), 2015

“Solving people’s legal issues”

For Andrew O’Beid studying at UON has provided ample opportunity to discover his new.

Studying at Newcastle Law School has allowed Andrew to be involved in the annual Law on the Beach program. Giving free legal advice to people in the Newcastle area and being mentored by practicing lawyers is an experience Andrew holds in high regard. It was through gaining hands-on experience and solving real people’s legal problems that brought him a sense of satisfaction, knowing he had chosen a career path for the greater good.

Andrew has been heavily involved in mooting competitions during his degree. He has competed in every competition the UON Law School Association has to offer in Newcastle, as well as in national competitions in Melbourne and Canberra. A particular highlight was winning the Best Speaker – Preliminary Rounds award at the ALSA Conference earlier this year.

Currently writing his honours thesis on the duties of company directors, Andrew is excited to see where his new career takes him.

Andrew O’Beid
Bachelor of Science / Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (Combined)

“New Problems are no match for new thinking”

After completing his Bachelor of Commerce, Joshua Gilbert is using Indigenous wisdom and modern environment knowledge to investigate change.

Thousands of years of agricultural methods are under threat from climate change. A daunting proposition, but not for those driven by new. Joshua Gilbert has worked tirelessly to drive social and policy change around farming.

In 2016, Joshua was recognised as the Australian Geographic Young Conservationist of the Year, the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage’s Young Sustainability Champion and the Foundation for Young Australians’ Local Legend Award. Joshua was previously the Chair of the NSW Young Farmers and led the NSW Young Farmers’ Council in moving one of the first international agricultural climate change motions.

Joshua believes that working to create change is extremely important, and he feels humbled knowing that the work he is doing can create real opportunities for Indigenous people.

Joshua Gilbert
Bachelor of Commerce, 2012

“Establishing strong networks”

Studying at UON presented Nicole Velaires with ample opportunity to find her new. Nicole recently completed a combined Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Commerce degree majoring in Economics, Finance and International Business.

Nicole was the recipient of the Faculty Scholarships for Commencing Students, as well as the Lindgren Family Memorial Prize. During her studies Nicole participated in the EMPOWER Program and gained invaluable experience working alongside a female mentor within the finance industry.

As a member of the UON Business and Commerce Society board, Nicole organised both professional and social events for students and industry professionals, providing her with a number of networking opportunities to benefit her future career.

As a result of her strong academic performance and extensive extra-curricular activities, Nicole was offered an internship with Aberdeen Asset Management in their Sydney office.

What will your new be?

Nicole Velaires
Bachelor of Business / Bachelor of Commerce, 2017

“Newcastle Law School’s Juris Doctor program has a number of international externships on offer and this summer I am lucky enough to be travelling to Brazil with a group of law school students and staff to study comparative environmental law.”

There are a wide range of elective courses, in a variety of formats. For example, I studied Competition Law over the winter break, allowing me to lighten my normal semester load. The course program included a field trip to the ACCC where we heard from representatives who gave us practical insights into their work.

Rebekah Outtridge
Postgraduate Juris Doctor

“The Clinical Practice Program is unique to the University of Newcastle. Working on real cases under the supervision of experienced lawyers has been highly rewarding.

It has provided me with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience and practical training during my studies. I have undertaken a number of different professional placements throughout my studies, each of which has helped me develop my skills that are necessary to practise law.”

Shanna Beeton
Postgraduate Juris Doctor