Faculty of Engineering and Built EnvironmentFaculty of Engineering and Built Environment

Business and industry

Share our discoveries. Future-proof your business.

The University of Newcastle's Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment's cooperative relationships and strong partnerships with industry ensure that we continue to provide resourceful, articulate graduates who meet the needs of industry in their professional roles.

Sarah Gray - Industry Scholar

No problem too big or too small

There are many ways you can work with the Faculty for mutual benefit. Possibilities range from large-scale, long-term collaborations with multiple partners, to fast turn-around consultancies, to low-budget student-driven projects.

Industrial experience placement
Our students work for you as paid or unpaid employees, gaining valuable experience and contributing to your business, find out more
2-12 weeks Depending on the level of responsibility involved, students work for free or can be employed directly
Final year project
One or more of our fourth year students work on solving a specific problem for your organisation, find out more
6-12 months Students work for free or can be employed directly by the industry partner
Undergraduate or research students funded by industry to complete their studies, or a specific placement, find out more
1-5 years Funding from an individual industry partner
Exclusive services from senior researchers to achieve results for your business within a short time-frame
3 weeks to 2 months, depending on your business needs Funding from an individual industry partner
Contract research
Senior researchers work on longer-term projects under an individual agreement to meet the specific needs of your business
6 months to 3 years Funding from an individual industry partner
Linkage grants
Senior researchers work with industry partners to solve major problems of national importance
Up to 3 years, or potentially ongoing Funding from an industry partner and UON is matched by funding from the Australian Research Centre. Contribution from the patterned can be cash or 'in kind'.
Research Cadetship
Your research and development staff member completes a research degree at UON
2-4 years Student employed by industry receives $5,500 p.a. allowance from UON
Innovation Connections
UON researchers work on a project specific to a partner SME. This can involve placement of a researcher in the business to develop an idea with commercial potential
Up to 12 months Funding from the Australian Government - up to $50,000

Other ways to get involved

  • involvement in course delivery, e.g. guest lectures or case studies relevant to industry
  • review and development of undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs
  • join our industry advisory board to have ongoing influence on how the Faculty collaborates with industry

Next steps

You can express your interest in working with the Faculty by contacting our Assistant Dean, Industry Engagement:
Associate Professor Chris Wensrich
E | Christopher.Wensrich@newcastle.edu.au
T | +61 2 4921 6203

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