UoN: A leader in equity in education

Four decades ago, the University of Newcastle recognised the challenges faced by many in the community who had left school early, faced significant financial hardship or who had simply never considered the option of attending university.

The University was among the country's first to introduce 'enabling' programs designed to support motivated and talented students regardless of their background or circumstances to gain entry and do well at university. Since those early days in 1974, 37,000 students have enrolled in an enabling program through UoN and we are the largest provider of these programs in the country.

Today, the proportion of students from low socio-economic backgrounds enrolled at the University is 27 per cent, significantly higher than the sector average of 16 per cent. UoN is acknowledged as a leader in providing more opportunities for people from all walks of life with ability and determination to enter and succeed in higher education.