The University of Newcastle, Australia

Alerts

One of the University of Newcastle's top priorities is to ensure that all members of the University community remain safe and well in the event of an incident or emergency. This page will be updated regularly with latest alerts and information, as they become available.

If you become aware of an incident and would like to report it please contact Security.


Update 6 - Storm Event 20 November - Campuses open, use caution Last updated: Friday, 20th November 2020 - 3:55pm

Issued for: Newcastle (Callaghan)

After a week of working to continually clear, clean and restore access to areas across the University, we are pleased to report that much of the damage and debris has been addressed across campus.

It is important to understand that the storm incident over Monday night and Tuesday morning affected many trees across campus. While the team at IFS have worked tirelessly to address as many potential risks of future falling branches as possible, it is still critical that staff remain aware of these risks when moving around campus.

Carpark 8 in Engineering remains closed until 24 November, and the Physics building is partially reopened.
Thank you to our colleagues in IFS for all the efforts and work to secure and clear our campus.

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Update 5 - Storm Event 19 November - Campuses open, use caution Last updated: Thursday, 19th November 2020 - 4:05pm

Issued for: Newcastle (Callaghan)

The University has continued to work throughout the day clearing debris caused by the storm on 17 November. Priorities have been the NIER Precinct Engineering and Hunter Precinct areas. Caution is still required when entering and moving across the Callaghan campus.

PHYSICS BUILDING: Remains partially open. Please follow instructions if you need to access the building. Further localised communication will be sent to affected staff.

ENGINEERING:

  • Carpark 8 will remain closed until COB Thursday 19 November. Please keep checking in on our alerts page for further information.

Image indicating closures to ES Building, Callaghan campus

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Update 4 - Storm Event 18 November - Campuses open, use caution Last updated: Wednesday, 18th November 2020 - 4:20pm

Issued for: Newcastle (Callaghan)

The University has continued to work throughout the day clearing debris caused by the storm on 17 November. Priorities have been the NIER Precinct Engineering and Hunter Precinct areas. Caution is still required when entering and moving across the Callaghan campus.

PHYSICS BUILDING: Remains partially open. Please follow instructions if you need to access the building. Further localised communication will be sent to affected staff.

ENGINEERING:

  • Carpark 8 will remain closed until COB Thursday 19 November. Please keep checking in on our alerts page for further information.
  • The Main entry area to the ES building has been closed until COB Thursday 19 November pending completion of tree works, access as per diagram (attached).

Image indicating closures to ES Building, Callaghan campus

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Update 3 - Storm Event 17 November – Campuses open, use caution Last updated: Tuesday, 17th November 2020 - 4:21pm

Issued for: Newcastle (Callaghan)

Efforts of University campus service, safety and security staff have resulted in great progress clearing the campus of debris today. Callaghan campus will remain open.

Caution and awareness of trees and hazards is still recommended as clearing and containing damage is completed as soon as possible.

PHYSICS BUILDING: Building will be closed Wednesday 18 November. Localised communication has been sent to affected staff.

HUNTER / RICHARDSON WING: Minimal internal damage. Building remains open. Carpark 7 will be open Wednesday 18 November.

IDC BUILDING: Building open. No further issues.

ENGINEERING: Carpark 8 will be remain closed until COB Wednesday 18 November. Please watch this alerts page for further information.

NIER: Work will continue over the coming days. Communications have been sent directly to affected staff.

PARK ON THE HILL: Pathways have been cleared.

FOOTBRIDGES: Chancellery to Shortland is open. Engineering to Shortland will remain closed tomorrow, Wednesday 18 November.

Staff or students leaving Callaghan after 5pm who would like to be escorted to their car or bus stop, please call security on 492 15888.

Further updates will be provided Wednesday 18 November

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Update 2 - Storm Event 17 November – Campuses open, use caution Last updated: Tuesday, 17th November 2020 - 12:40pm

Issued for: Newcastle (Callaghan)

There are extensive obstructions that remain on pathways across Callaghan campus.

Our University staff continue to work to clear the debris, prioritising NIER, Engineering and Park on the Hill areas. Please exercise care and minimise movement on campus.

PHYSICS BUILDING: Partially open. Please follow instructions if you need to access the building. Further localised communication will be sent to affected staff.

HUNTER / RICHARDSON WING: Minimal internal damage. Building remains open. Carpark 7 is closed.

IDC BUILDING: Building open. No further issues.

ENGINEERING: Carpark 8 will be closed until COB Wednesday 18 November.

Please watch this alerts page for further information.

NIER: Damage to buildings and surrounding areas. Communications have been sent directly to affected staff.

PARK ON THE HILL: Precinct damage with limited thoroughfare. Please avoid the area.

Foot bridges from Chancellery to Shortland and Engineering to Shortland are currently closed. Please check this alerts page for updates.

Further update will be provided after 4.00pm

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Storm Event 17 November – Campuses open, use caution, update Last updated: Tuesday, 17th November 2020 - 9:15am

Issued for: Newcastle (Callaghan)

A number of campus pathways remain obstructed. The Infrastructure Facilities and Services team will work throughout the day to clear debris from pathways. Please exercise caution when moving around campus and minimise movement if possible.

If staff notice any damage that appears not to have been cordoned off or marked, please log a Maximo request and avoid the area. Students are advised to alert Security on 492 15888 and avoid the area if they notice the same.

Exam schedules remain unaffected.

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Storm Event 17 November – Campuses open, use caution Last updated: Tuesday, 17th November 2020 - 7:45am

Issued for: Newcastle (Callaghan)

Due to heavy storms and winds last night, the Callaghan Campus has sustained tree and debris damage and disruption in a number of areas. The campus remains open, however caution and care are required and it is recommended movement around campus is minimised.

PHYSICS BUILDING: Damage sustained to due to fallen tree. Building and carpark are not accessible at the moment. Please review the alert website for updates.

HUNTER / RICHARDSON WING: Damage to entrance. Please take care and follow instructions getting into the building.

IDC BUILDING: Water damage sustained to portion of ceiling. Please take care and follow instructions inside the building.

NIER: Damage to buildings and surrounding areas. Communications have been sent directly to affected staff.

All other buildings remain open as at 7:45am, 17 November 2020. Please refer to the Alerts webpage for regular updates.

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COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) Last updated: Friday, 13th March 2020 - 10:50am

Issued for: All locations

The University has been closely monitoring the current outbreak of the COVID-19. For the most up-to-date information, visit our dedicated website: www.newcastle.edu.au/covid-19


Increased hygiene measures

We ask students, staff and visitors to our campuses take the precautions advised by the public health experts including:

  • Hand washing for 40 - 60 seconds with soap
  • Using hand sanitiser
  • Following coughing and sneezing etiquette

Please observe and comply with health-related signage around the University.