Community and school programs

The University of Newcastle has a proud tradition of working together with its community including our local and regional schools. Community based programs and research emerge from our core business of teaching and learning. At the same time these connections keep our efforts focused and purposeful while helping to foster a sense of identity that comes from being part of this unique community.

We believe we are stronger when we work together; therefore the development of mutually beneficial partnerships helping to build strong regional communities is an essential goal of the University's community engagement mission.

With our students and staff as our greatest assets, the University seeks to understand community issues and work with our partners to foster social cohesion and find innovative solutions through education. We aim to establish, build and maintain strong partnerships between the University and our schools across the Hunter and Central Coast, while developing and supporting opportunities for our primary and secondary students to participate in educational experiences.

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Widening Participation

The University of Newcastle has a strong commitment to social justice. A number of programs and projects exist to to increase understanding of and improve access to higher education for school students and community members from diverse backgrounds.

Community Connections

Community Connections

The Community Connections Program is a cross cultural friendship program through which volunteers from the local community link with international students from all levels of study.

Family Action Centre

Family Action Centre

The Family Action Centre works to strengthen families and communities by developing and implementing programs, undertaking research and training, and promoting sustainability, social justice and community leadership.

Friends on Campus

Friends on Campus

Friends on Campus is a transition program for high school students in years 10, 11 and 12 who are thinking about studying at university. Students can ask questions and seek advice from senior university students and staff about moving from high school to university. We also provide sessions for parents.

High Performing Student Program

High Performing Students Program

The High Performing Students Program gives exceptional high school students the opportunity to get a 'taste' of tertiary education by undertaking first year university courses while still at school. It provides students with opportunities to fulfil their academic potential, help with career decisions, and can lead to credit for university studies.

National Disability Coordination Officer

National Disability Coordination Officer

Transitioning into training, education and employment are important steps for all students. If you are a person with disability aged 15 to 64, you can receive support with this transition through the National Disability Coordination Officer (NDCO) program.

Science and Engineering Challenge

Science and Engineering Challenge

The Science and Engineering Challenge is a nationwide outreach program designed to inspire students to study science and engineering at a senior level.


SMART (Science, Maths and Real Technology)

The Science, Maths and Real Technology (SMART) outreach program offers live, interactive, demonstration based science shows to schools through the University's Faculty of Science.



The Speech Pathology in Schools (SPinS) program provides school-aged students experiencing speech difficulties.

Tom Farrell Institute

The Tom Farrell Institute for the Environment

As the gateway to environmental research and teaching at the University of Newcastle, the Tom Farrell Institute for the Environment is helping to develop regional solutions for a sustainable future.

University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health

University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health

The University's Department of Rural Health focuses on facilitating student placements and learning, enhancing the health of local communities through community projects and conducting research into rural health issues.

Watt Space Gallery

Watt Space School Program

Watt Space Gallery has a range of services for schools, including guided tours and Professional Development workshops.