Spaces and places
Our local community are welcome to access our campus open spaces and green spaces.
Newcastle campus offers a broad range of services and high quality facilities that contribute to an exciting on-campus experience.
With world-class research centres, multiple libraries, student accommodation, a fully-equipped sports complex, complete with 50m swimming pool and a host of other services, we provide staff and students with access to state-of-the-art facilities that support their work, study and general wellbeing.
Retail trading hours (COVID-19)
The majority of our food and beverage retailers have reopened, along with our food courts in the Hunter and Shortland Buildings. We have processes in place for these spaces to help keep everyone safe.
Callaghan campus has a wide range of food, shops and bars for students staff and the community to enjoy. See the full list of locations for more information.
The University is home to the kind of sporting facilities where elite athletes are proud to train.
- Newcastle Callaghan: The Forum – University Drive, Callaghan
The Forum, University is an extensive and contemporary sports complex. Its facilities include a 50m indoor heated pool, an 18m climbing wall (the second highest in Australia), a fully equipped gymnasium, and two competition indoor courts for sports such as basketball and volleyball.
There are many membership options including flexible payment options, Direct Debit or Upfront. Fitness passports are also able to be used at the Forum.
- The University Gallery - The University Gallery presents curated exhibitions and touring shows that promote an awareness of contemporary artists, communities and disciplines as well as exhibitions by postgraduate students.
- The Senta Taft-Hendry Museum - Located beneath the University Gallery, this museum houses an extensive and diverse collection of artefacts dating back to the 1950s telling the story of Senta Taft-Hendry's travels to the Pacific Islands and remote Australia.
More than just buildings full of books (although we have those too) the University’s libraries are vast, interconnected sources of knowledge, with extensive online databases, spaces for individual or group study, and knowledgeable staff who are ready to assist you.
The University's largest library is based at the Callaghan campus.
Spanning four levels, Auchmuty Library contains an extensive collection of resources including the Law and Biomedicine libraries. It is located near the Shortland Union Building.
KU Children's Services childcare centres operate at our Callaghan campus. Most are community-based centres that are open to the general public as well as staff and students.
- KU Kintaiba Child Care Centre
- KU Kooinda Work Based Child Care Centre (for the children of students and staff only)
- KU Wonnayba Child Care Centre
If you require emergency or out-of-hours childcare services in Newcastle and the Central Coast regions include:
The hubs are undercover, secure bike storage spaces with end of trip facilities and bike repair equipment.
You need to swipe your student or staff card to gain entry to the hubs.
Bikes can be stored in one of the two types of bike storage racks available. The racks are allocated on a first-come basis and any locks left on racks without bikes will be removed. Bikes left in the hubs for over a week will be removed.
The lockers are individually protected by your chosen four-digit pin. The lockers are programmed to automatically unlock at midnight every night, so be sure to remove your personal items before then.
Single-occupant unisex shower cubicles with separate change spaces are part of all our hubs. You will need to bring your own toiletries and towels.
CCTV cameras operate outside the hubs, and the facilities are included in regular campus security patrols.
Callaghan: Bike Hub East is located at the front of the Student Services Centre, whilst Bike Hub West is at the front of the Social Sciences Building. Click on the campus map to view the location of the bike hubs, or to find one of the dozens of bike racks located around campus.
Hours of operation
The facilities are available 24/7.
Bike Love Corral operates out of Bike Hub East. The entrance is located on the opposite side of building from the main entrance, directly in front of the car park.
The workshop provides bike servicing and hire and is a great meeting place for other cycling enthusiasts.
While much of the university experience is shared no matter what your degree, aspects of your time will be determined by what you are studying.
So to make sure you are getting the most of your degree – have access to all the right resources, are aware of the right people, and are informed about any prizes or scholarships for which you may be eligible – it’s good to know which school you belong to and where the office is.
For international students, UON Global are the team dedicated to ensuring you make the most of your time not only at the University, but in Australia.
UON Global will get you settled in, organise opportunities to meet new people, and assist you to understand forms and official documents – whether they’re concerning your studies or your visa.
We want to help make your experience at the University one of the best and most memorable times of your life.
- powered work spaces,
- 3D printers,
- a sewing machine,
- a soldering station,
- lockable storage and much more!
Welcome to Makerspace!
The Makerspace is where makers, designers, engineers, programmers, creatives, avid tinkerers and all can work on projects, collaborate, share ideas, and problem solve.
It doesn’t matter which degree you’re completing – everyone is welcome!
The space features -
Callaghan Campus, BSC125 (within the Architecture Precinct)
How do I get access?
To gain swipe card access, login to your UONline Blackboard and enrol in the FEBE-MAKERSPACE course and complete the Makerspace Health & Safety Induction Module and Quiz.
Makerspace Student Group
If you would like to connect with some like-minded students, you can also join the Makerspace student group.
Priscilla Tan, Makerspace Coordinator
02 4921 5812
Callaghan campus is home to countless learning spaces – both for formal classes and lectures, as well as informal catch-ups for group or individual study.
While many spaces you can feel free to use at any time, some may require a booking:
- Our libraries have a number of group study rooms and study booths available for bookings and there is also a rang of quiet or collaborative spaces within the library or throughout the campus.
- Faculties and schools have rooms and spaces for bookings that are related to your study such as production rooms, drama theatres etc. See your faculty or school for more information.
- General access computer labs are available for student use, with no need for a booking. See IT support for more information.
- For functions and larger events see Hire our facilities.
Accessibility spaces on campus
Students with a disability have a huge range of services available, such as exam and assessment support, equipment and furniture loans, and parking permits.
- treatment of illnesses and injuries
- women's health care including contraception, pap smears, pregnancy testing and advice, and antenatal care
- testing and counselling for sexually transmitted infections
- vaccinations, including travel immunisations and advice
- immunisations required for students in health related programs
- skin checks
- assistance with emotional and personal difficulties
- mental health services including psychologists, mental health nurse and specialist psychiatrist
- referral to specialists, imaging services, pathology, and physiotherapy
Meet our doctors
(MBBS, Family Planning Association Certificate, Workcover Authorised Medical Practitioner)
Dr Stephanie Brookman is the Medical Director of the Health Service, has special interests in Occupational Health and Travel Medicine.
Dr Carolyn Hackworthy has a special interest in Women's Health.
(MBBS, FRACGP, Family Planning Association Certificate)
Dr Sally Gaunson has special interest in Women's Health and Paediatrics.
(MBBS, DipRACOG, DFFP, FRACGP)
(MBBS, FRACGP DipRACOG, Dip Anaesth (UK)
Dr Michael Schien is a GP with a special interest in skin disorders, including screening for skin cancer. Most excisions are done on site. He also undertakes regular rural locum work in anaesthesia and emergency medicine.
(BMed, Dip RACOG)
Dr Nerida Paterson has a special interest in Women's Health and Paediatrics.
Dr Wee speaks Malay, Hokkien and enjoys all aspects of general practice.
Dr Kumran Salam has an interest in Women's Health, Preventative Medicine and Paediatrics.
Dr Catherine Faehrmann
Dr Catherine Faehrmann is a Consultant Psychiatrist, visiting the Health Service Tuesday mornings.
Your time at the University of Newcastle can be one of the most rewarding periods of your life, but it’s also a time when you will probably need a range of support and advice. Students who actively seek help during their studies are more likely to be successful in managing their life – both at and outside uni – so it’s one of the smartest things you can do.
It’s also common to need extra support, so you won’t be alone if you utilise the services available.
The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.