Our Outreach Initiatives
Engaging with our communities to widen participation in higher education is a fundamental part of what we do. Both Children’s University and the Uni4You teams work with communities regularly, from encouraging 7 -14 year olds to discover new learning experiences to running workshops and free activities to engage local community members to learn more about university study.
Children’s University Newcastle engages children in learning in its broadest sense. Participating children, between 7 and 14 years, are encouraged to discover new learning experiences outside of the classroom, in their local and regional community and on campus. The children build their own learning program by engaging in extracurricular activities throughout the year, recognising that learning happens everywhere and doesn’t have to be constrained to curriculum.
The University of Newcastle is one of only a handful of universities offering this program in Australia. The program partners with schools across the Hunter, Central and Mid-North Coasts, learning destinations, Out of Home Care organisations and colleagues at the University of Newcastle to facilitate exciting learning opportunities for children in our communities.
Participants who reach 30 hours of learning, collected in their Children's University Passports, are invited to attend a formal graduation ceremony to celebrate and acknowledge the children (and their supporters) and their commitment to learning. In 2019, the University of Newcastle welcomed over 5000 community members across six separate ceremonies. Children’s University Newcastle is a member of Children’s University Australasia.
The Uni4You project offers a suite of free activities and workshops that foster engagement and encourage enrolment in the University's pathway programs - Open Foundation and Yapug. Uni4You activities and sessions run from September to December every year at a variety of community locations.
The Uni4You team works in our local communities including Raymond Terrace, Cessnock, Muswellbrook, Windale, North Lakes and the Central Coast. Uni4You staff offer assistance and support via:
- Information sessions
- Career information
- Preparing for study sessions (reading, writing, lecture note taking, math)
- Library tours
- IT assistance
- Application and enrolment assistance
- Coping with change discussions
- Peer learning support groups
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.