Equity and excellence
Equity of access to higher education is a fundamental part of the University of Newcastle's "DNA". This is reflected in our institutional values and demonstrated in our successful history of supporting students from a range of backgrounds to achieve a university education.
The Centre of Excellence for Equity in Higher Education, with The Wollotuka Institute, will further develop the reputation of the University as a global leader in the evidence-based development of pathways to enhance access to university and academic success for students from diverse backgrounds. By building on our success as a leader in enabling education and equitable access to higher education, the Centre will serve as a national and international hub for collaborative action-oriented research, strengthening practice in higher education and building partnerships for success.
An opportunity to succeed
The University of Newcastle has a proud reputation of supporting motivated and talented students, regardless of their background or circumstances, not just to gain entry, but to thrive in their field of study.
We are the largest provider of enabling programs in Australia, offering about one third of the nation's Commonwealth supported places.
In 2012, approximately $1.3 million of equity scholarships were provided through the University's Equity Scholarship Scheme.
Today, 27 per cent of our students come from low socio-economic backgrounds, well above the sector average of 16 per cent.
Pathways to success at UoN
Since 1974, some 37,000 students have enrolled in an enabling program through UoN and many have gone on to make remarkable contributions to business and the community
Approximately 3,000 students enrol in our domestic enabling programs each year as a stepping stone to higher education. About 90 per cent of our successful enabling students go on to study in an undergraduate degree program at the University of Newcastle.