Give Back - Feel Good

Strong communities are built on the efforts of those who give back. As a member of the local and global community, UON strives to instill the quality of civic engagement in all our graduates and staff.

Volunteering provides opportunities for the community to engage with the University and utilise our strongest resource – our students and staff and dedicated community members. Whether you can give an hour or a whole semester, we have flexible options to suit your lifestyle.

No need to work or study at the University. Most of our volunteering programs are also open to general members of the community.

If you are a member of an organisation that needs volunteers please email us at engage@newcastle.edu.au or visit CareerHub to register your volunteering opportunity.


You've established yourself in your industry and now you're in the perfect position to guide those who are just starting. Through UONs various mentoring programs you have the opportunity to share your experience and wisdom. It's not just the mentees who benefit either - mentors often find themselves learning from the students they're guiding.

Engage with students as they strengthen their leadership skills in this global-facing program. Help them achieve the Six Agilities that will prepare them for the future work force.

Students Participating: Open to all UON students.

Currently Seeking: Callaghan Alumni with min. four year's experience in their field.

Time Commitment: 11 hours face-to-face

Empower women in business, commerce, entrepreneurship and law by fostering the leadership skills of high school and university students. Inspire women as they become confident in their ability to manage their own career.

Students Participating: Women in any stage of their Faculty of Business and Law degree and young women completing high school.

Currently Seeking: Women established in business, commerce, entrepreneurship or law.

Time Commitment: Flexible

Connect with soon-to-be students at one of UONs open days. This is a unique opportunity for students to hear first hand experiences of those who have gone before them. Contact us at alumni@newcastle.edu.au to register your interest.

Students Participating: Callaghan an Ourimbah based students

Currently Seeking: All alumni in Callaghan and Ourimbah

Time Commitment: One to two days


Give to UON to support a world-class institution dedicated to research and innovation. From saving the lives of endangered tree frogs to leading the way in fertility research, we continue to attract the world's best researchers. We couldn't do it without your help. The gift you donate puts Newcastle at the forefront of ground-breaking research and has the potential to save lives and to profoundly change the world we live in.

You can choose to give to an area that you are passionate about, such as health or the environment, or generating new research in an area that is important to you and the community.

Visit the Give to UON page to see what you can help others achieve today.

Services In-Kind

Expertise is priceless. If you have specialty knowledge in any area and would like to donate your time and services, please get in touch. In-kind donations of time, goods, or services, can make a big difference to many of our philanthropy and volunteering projects.

Homestay Program

Become a Homestay family for an international student and show them the Australian way of life! The University believes that each person can make a positive difference in the life of another. We want to bring together people from all walks of life so they can experience a new culture in a safe and friendly setting. Beginning in 1998, Homestay is fully operated by the University and accommodates 500 students every year. To see if this program is the right fit for you, please check out the requirements here.

The Children's University Newcastle

Children's University Newcastle supports extracurricular learning opportunities for students across the Hunter, Newcastle and Central Coast. First launched in 2016, children aged seven to 14 are encouraged to be active learners as they develop self-efficacy, confidence and an appreciation of education outside the classroom.

Each participant receives a passport where their hours of learning are recorded and stamped by registered organisations - referred to as learning destinations. Once 30 hours of learning are reached, students are invited to attend a graduation ceremony to celebrate their achievements.

Research Volunteer


Opportunities for Current Students

Teach Outreach is a volunteer placement program run by the School of Education. The program connects schools, early childhood centres, and community organisations directly with volunteer teacher education students. If you are an education student looking to volunteer or a community partner in need, please find out more here.

UON Volunteers are students interested in contributing to their community, meeting new people, and learning new skills. UON Volunteering is a great way to get connected and make lifelong friends.

You can learn more about the UON Volunteers Program here.

Watt Space loves volunteers - and you can gain professional arts administration practice while making a real difference.

If you are a current UON students, you can help with openings, front of house, installation and exhibitions, events and be involved with all Watt Space programs.

Find out more here.

The University Gallery has a volunteer program for students, with the possibility of accreditation towards Museology. Assist with visitor services, exhibition openings, public and educational programs, guided tours, care of artworks, and researching the history of the University Collection.

Find out more here.