Faculty of Business and LawFaculty of Business and Law

For students

NeW Space is open 24/7 with access managed by electronic access control points outside of core building opening hours. Students will need to use their ID card to access the building outside of the core opening hours.

Student learning and social spaces are provided on every floor throughout the building, allowing for informal student learning and research activities. Over 250 computers are provided in these spaces as well as Wi-Fi connectivity for BYO devices

Students must observe the Terms and Conditions for use of University Computing and Communications Facilities.

Students seeking technical support whilst working with NeW Space should contact Desktop Services.

Core Opening Hours
Monday - Friday
7:00am - 10:00pm
Saturday - Sunday
1:00pm - 5:00pm

Phone: 492 17000

PASS is a program that supports you in your study of courses. PASS consists of one-hour non-compulsory weekly sessions where students work collaboratively. Each session is facilitated by PASS Leaders; students who have excelled in the course in the past. PASS sessions focus on developing deeper learning of course material and enhancing your learning skills. Attending PASS sessions will help you to become a more efficient and effective learner.

Background to PASS

PASS originated in a program created by Deanna C. Martin, Ph.D, at the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1973, called Supplemental Instruction or SI. Dr. Martin was assigned the task initially, of decreasing the attrition rate of minority students in the schools of medicine, pharmacy, and dentistry.

SI and PASS operate internationally and have centres in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United Kingdom, Mexico, South Africa and Sweden.

For more information about PASS in the Faculty of Business and Law, please consult the following pages or contact the PASS team.

Newcastle Business School Peer Mentor Program

The Peer Mentor program is a successful service provided by the Newcastle Business School for new postgraduate students who are commencing their studies and may be in need of some extra help and guidance.

Our Peer Mentors are experienced students who are also undertaking postgraduate business studies and will be able to draw upon their own experiences in providing advice and guidance to help make the transition to postgraduate study less daunting, especially as they will have completed the same courses you are enrolled in.

They will also be able to assist you with information about the different support services offered by the Business School and the University as well as general advice about transitioning to life in Newcastle.

Looking for a Mentor

If you would like to apply to have a Peer Mentor, please complete the Mentee application form.

How do I become a Mentor

Each trimester (around Week 9) we invite current students via email to express their interest in becoming a Peer Mentor for the following trimester.

If you are interested in joining the program and helping out fellow students, you will need to meet the following criteria:

  • Have successfully completed at least two (2) courses
  • Have a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 5 or higher

Successful applicants will be required to attend Peer Mentor training before commencing in the role – this will be held in the week before the start of trimester and successful applicants will be advised via email of the time and date.

If you would like further information about the Peer Mentor program or have any questions regarding the application form, please email: postgraduate-nbs@newcastle.edu.au

Support for  Higher Degree Research Candidates


The Faculty is committed to providing Higher Degree Research (HDR) candidates with a quality research training experience. This includes the provision of appropriate physical resources to undertake their research and quality supervision.

Students should read the University Code of Practice for Research Higher Degree Candidature

Students should also check the HDR Blackboard sites that they are automatically enrolled into once they commence. The 2 sites are: Business & Law HDR Students and the HDR Candidates Course – which is run by Graduate Research. Click here to login to Blackboard

Students can download the most recent copy of the HDR Student Handbook below. Please note the information on the University's website will be the most up to date; and may supersede information contained within the handbook.

RHD Student Handbook Faculty of Business & Law HDR Student Handbook 2018

Faculty Support for HDR Candidates

The Faculty is committed to providing HDR students with appropriate and consistent resources to ensure equity among students in all Schools within the Faculty. In order to achieve this result, resources for these students will be provided and funded at the Faculty level as follows:

Students who are enrolled full-time in an HDR program will be provided with access to a  workstation within the Faculty at which to undertake their research training. The Faculty will ensure the maximum utilisation of available space, however students who are enrolled part-time will be required to share space.

Students working from New Space in the Newcastle City Precinct should read the New Space Workplace Handbook to familiarise themselves with the features and support available at New Space. The Faculty will provide a workstation, chair,  drawers and a bookshelf unit in a shared space dedicated to higher degree research students. Access to a network printer will also be provided.

All students should be familiar with the University Computing and Communications Facilities - Conditions of Use

Students will be provided with access to photocopying facilities with 1,000 thesis related photocopies being permitted to be copied in each year of study, after which the student will need to supply their own paper.

HDR Funding Support and Procedures

The Faculty provides funding for PhD and Research Masters students to support their study over the entire period of candidature. PhD candidates are allocated up to $6000 and Research Masters candidates up to $3000; for approved expenditure.

Unless otherwise approved, the funds are only available after successful confirmation of candidature. Students must attach their Confirmation budget (updated) to each application.

These funding levels apply ONLY to candidates who are within time for completion which is the equivalent of 4 years full-time for PhD candidates and 2 years full-time for Research Masters candidates.

Any out of time candidates will be funded on a case by case basis, approved by the Assistant Dean Research Training; and usually only for costs relating to thesis submission.

These funds may be used for the following items:

  • Travel to conduct fieldwork/data collection; access research archives
  • Workshops & Training travel, accommodation and registration
  • Editorial assistance. This must comply with The National Guidelines for Editing Research Theses
  • Thesis submission
  • Travel and registration for conferences where a paper is being presented and where this will benefit their research training. Candidates must submit a copy of the abstract and official acceptance notification. The quality of the proposed conference will be assessed by the student's supervisor and the Assistant Dean Research Training (ADRT)
  • Membership fees for professional societies, only related to a paper presentation at a conference in any given year
  • Journal paper submission fees
  • Purchases of books not readily available from the university library and capped at $500 total, for length of candidature
  • Specialist software not licenced by the Faculty or university
  • Hard drive storage must be justified against the free 100GB of cloud storage that UON HDR candidate can access via owncloud. For further details: https://www.newcastle.edu.au/current-staff/working-here/it-and-computing/information-management/owncloud

Please Note: Where travel and accommodation are requested, the appropriate travel and accommodation will be at budget or "3 star" equivalent rates.

Funding Applications:

  • Students must submit a funding application form to the Faculty Research Office via email at fbl-hdr@newcastle.edu.au
  • The application must be accompanied by quotations and a statement by the student explaining how the items being funded will contribute to completing the requirements for their degree and research training
  • Students must attach a copy of their budget presented at Confirmation
  • To order Faculty branded business cards, please use this Business Card Application Form
  • Funding applications must be submitted for approval before any purchases or payments are made by the candidate. Any purchases or payments made by the candidate without pre-approval;  will not be reimbursed.


Before applying for any travel, please read the University's Travel Policy and Travel Manual.

  • Applications need to be submitted well in advance of travel, International travel needs to be arranged with the Faculty Travel Officer, Tracy Agnew, at least 4 weeks in advance of proposed travel
  • All travel MUST be booked via the Faculty's Travel Officer, Tracy.Agnew@newcastle.edu.au Please note that 'Flights' will not be reimbursed under any circumstances
  • Air travel – As per Faculty policy, this will be the best economy airfares of the day using major Australian, major Asian/European/American airlines and early booked fares via the university travel agent and travel portal
  • Exact travel dates must be given to the Faculty Travel Officer, Tracy Agnew, at time of organising, as she will not be able to make changes, except in exceptional circumstances
  • Flights must be booked to and from the city of destination for conferences /workshops
  • Students are advised that any personal travel in excess of 50% of business days, will significantly affect the proportion of the airfare paid by the University. This percentage will be calculated after the submission of a travel diary.
  • Travel costs between Newcastle and Sydney are set at a maximum of train ticket costs
  • The Faculty Travel Officer cannot make any arrangement for family members or personal side trips. These must be arranged at the student's own cost
  • Accommodation is covered for the actual days of conference plus one day before and night after for international travel
  • Conference registration will ONLY be paid at Early Bird rates
  • Moderate amounts for meals and incidental costs should be included in the budget and original receipts will need to be kept for reimbursement after the travel
  • Claims for the reimbursement of funds must be supported with legible receipts including the transaction date and details, otherwise they will not be approved.
  • Claims for reimbursement must match the relevant approved application budget items.


Peer Review

An essential part of the Human Research Ethics process is the Faculty Peer Review. In order to facilitate this process the Peer Review component has been separated from the Human Research Ethics (HRE) application.

To request a Peer Review of your research, the Chief investigator must complete the Peer Review Template. This template includes only the essential information from the HRE application.

For academic staff research projects (including L3 NEAF high risk applications) the Peer Review Template together with the research instruments (e.g surveys) must be sent by the Chief Investigator to FBL-PeerReview@newcastle.edu.au.

For HDR student research projects the Peer Review Template, together with the research instruments (e.g surveys) must be sent by the Supervisor to FBL-PeerReview@newcastle.edu.au

From there a reviewer is allocated with the aim to have your review complete within 10 working days. At which point the Chief Investigator/Supervisor will be sent the Peer Review Outcome which includes the HOS + G2 Declaration Form which is needed for the HRE application.

Full Peer Review Process for Student applications

Full Peer Review Process for Academic Staff applications

Checklist for Peer Reviewers

A checklist has been created to guide Peer Review panel members to undertake the reviews. This checklist reflects the Peer Review requirements contained within the G2 + HOS declaration section of the Human Research Ethics application.

Submission of Human Research Ethics applications

The Chief Investigators are required to submit Peer Reviewed and HOS endorsed applications to the Human Research Ethics Committee for final approval.

Further details of new Human Research Ethics approval process, including NEAF application forms and guidelines can be found at the University's Human Research Ethics website.

Advice on Human Research Ethics

Chief Investigators can contact the Faculty Research Ethics Advisor (REA) for advice on preparing HRE applications:

Faculty REA 2019: Dr Tamara Young

UON BusCom

The University of Newcastle Business and Commerce Association (UoN BusCom) is a student driven association for business and commerce students at the University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia. The association is closely aligned with the Newcastle Business School.

The University of Newcastle Law Students' Association

Since 1994, the University of Newcastle Law Students' Association (UNLSA) has promoted the interests of Newcastle law students within the University, the legal profession and the wider community.

As a not for profit student body, UNLSA continually aims to provide law students with the best access to educational experiences and peer support.

The Finance Club

Blended learning is designed to make you an active participant in your education. Integrating technology, resources and teaching and learning approaches (both online and face-to-face), blended learning provides a flexible platform to deliver relevant and significant course material and content to create positive learning outcomes.

The standard blended learning model for all undergraduate courses in the Faculty per term will be a two hour workshop plus an additional two hours guided/directed learning, guided learning via online preparation, lectures, interactive workshops, tutorials, discussion groups or self-directed learning and an additional 6 hours of independent study per week.