Faculty of Business and LawFaculty of Business and Law

For students

The Faculty of Business and Law offers students the use of a 30 PC computer laboratory located in Room MCG63 McMullin Building. The lab provides exclusive computer access for students enrolled in degree programs offered by the Faculty.

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

This general access lab is maintained by the Faculty Desktop Services Team. Students seeking technical support whilst working in the labs should contact Desktop Services.

Opening Hours
Monday - Friday
9:00am - 5:00pm
(Closed during semester breaks)

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.

NBS Postgraduate provides its own on-site written skills support program, the Skills Enhancement Program. SEP is coordinated by Jo Killmister, who can be found in UNH314 at University House Tuesday to Thursday. Contact Jo on 4921 5560 at City campus, 4921 5020 at Callaghan, online at Jo.Killmister@newcastle.edu.au or just drop in if you see she's free.

SEP provides an opportunity to improve your academic written skills in a range of ways adapted to your immediate needs, your particular skill levels and your practical circumstances.

Come visit Jo and pick up a FREE copy of English Grammar in Use and chat about your written skill needs

4th edition grammar cover

Appointment Request Form


What the Skills Enhancement Program offers you

You may feel some concern about how your written skills match up to postgraduate program requirements. If so, wouldn't it be a good idea to air these concerns to an experienced teacher and academic editor so that you can receive reassurance when you need it? This alone is a good reason to make use of the Skills Enhancement Program at least once, if not more regularly. Here are some other reasons to see Jo, coordinator of SEP.

  1. Come and introduce yourself, find out what the program can offer your particular needs and receive a free text, Cambridge University Press's English Grammar in Use. If you produce a sample of your writing for me to look at, I can direct you toward those units of the text most likely to offer the sort of information and practice you need.
  2. If, after a chat, you and I think additional help is necessary, we can arrange a suitable time for regular weekly consultations in the course of which we can focus on your specific pattern of needs while covering the essential skills necessary to good academic written style.
  3. Or, if you prefer, we can make just one or two appointments during which we can discuss, line by line, your written English expression in one or more marked academic assessments to see how your expression could have been made clearer to allow your ideas about course content to make a better impression. Many students use the program in this way and find that their academic English improves as a result.
  4. Less formally, many students who study in the computer labs near my office drop in to ask a quick question about grammar, academic approach or referencing if they see that I'm free, something all students are welcome to do.
  5. Toward the end of their programs, students sometimes ask me to help them to practise for the written part of the IELTS test or polish job applications.

SEP provides an opportunity to improve your written skills in a range of ways adapted to suit particular skill needs and practical circumstances.

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.

To apply to be a Peer Mentor, please complete the Mentor application form.

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. The login page for Blackboard is https://uonline.newcastle.edu.au/webapps/portal/frameset.jsp

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

RHD Student Handbook Faculty of Business & Law HDR Student Handbook 2017

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 a 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 may 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.

Physical Resources

The Faculty will provide a workstation, chair, lockable pedestal 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

Administrative Support

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.

Research Support Funding and Procedures

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

Unless otherwise approved, the funds are only available after successful confirmation of candidature.

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, other expenditures are judged on a case-by-case basis:

  • Travel to conduct field work/data collection; access research archives
  • Workshops & Training travel, accommodation and registration
  • Editorial assistance
  • Thesis printing & submission
  • Travel and registration for conferences
  • Materials relevant to thesis
  • Journal paper submission fees
  • Specialist software

The Faculty supports students attending both local and international conferences where this will benefit their research training. The quality of the proposed conference will be assessed by the student's supervisor and the Assistant Dean Research Training (ADRT).

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

Funding Applications:

  • To access your funds, 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 of their degree and research training
  • To order Faculty branded business cards, please use this Business Card Application Form
  • Students must not pay any costs BEFORE receiving their approval notification, these costs are normally paid for by the Faculty.


  • 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
  • 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
  • For travel booked outside of conference/workshop start and end dates, students will be liable for any extra costs incurred, including personal travel insurance and will not be covered by the University insurance
  • Normally, 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 are at the student's own cost
  • Accommodation is covered for the actual days of conference plus day before and night after for international travel
  • Conference registration will 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 re-imbursement after the travel


Capital Equipment and Software

  • Where students need capital equipment and software, the Faculty will endeavour to fund requests for capital equipment by purchasing the essential items and lending them to students making an appropriate case for their use.
  • Software will be supplied as per the University's license arrangements.

Peer Review

An essential part of the Human Research Ethics process is Peer Review. Peer Review is administered within the Faculty;   Ethics approval by the University's Human Research Ethics Committee. In order to facilitate this process the Peer Review component has been separated from the Human Research Ethics  (HRE)application. The only information to be submitted for Peer Review in the Faculty of Business and Law is now the Peer Review template. The template includes only the essential information from the HRE application.

Faculty based Peer Review

Applications are Peer Reviewed by a member of the Faculty Peer Review Panel for their methodological soundness based on a Peer Review template completed by applicants.

The Peer Review template is then endorsed by Head of School and the Chair of the Panel. The Peer Review panel members are experienced researchers who have been nominated by their Head of School.

Information For Supervisors

Please note all correspondence for the Faculty Peer Review process for applicants needs to be submitted by the Chief Investigator/Supervisor to FBL-PeerReview@newcastle.edu.au.

Chief Investigators/Supervisors should follow the Peer Review process for student applications.

Peer Review Process for Student applications

The Faculty Peer Review Panel aims to provide initial feedback on the Peer Review submissions to the Chief Investigators/Supervisors within ten working days.

Information for Staff

For all academic staff / Chief Investigator applications - the Peer Review template should be completed and submitted for Peer Review to FBL-PeerReview@newcastle.edu.au.

Peer Review Process for Academic Staff applications

Process for L3 applications

Applicants requiring to complete an L3 NEAF application for a high risk application, should submit all of the documentation to Chair, Faculty Review Panel via FBL-PeerReview@newcastle.edu.au who will then organise the Peer Review process for all high risk 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):

Semester 1, 2017: Dr David Savage

Semester 2 , 2017 Dr Alicia Kulczynski ; for advice preparing HRE applications.

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