Meet Lucas Dowling

Mr Lucas DowlingLucas Dowling

Why did you join the University Council?

“I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the community, and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live.” – Bernard Shaw

The University operates at the apex of the University of Newcastle’s organisational structure, and central to the University of Newcastle’s aims and operation is the student body. I joined the University Council with the goal and intense desire to guarantee a holistic representation of the student body who rely on our Council to deliver a strategic direction in line with benefiting their education and giving back to our wider community. I aspire to increase student participation in the governance of the University and provide effective engagement of the student voice on the University Council.

What do you look back on most fondly when it comes to your own education?

Whilst my first year at the University of Newcastle felt a noticeable absence of time on campus and participating in the University culture, my role in the AskUON team and engagement with Clubs and Societies on campus in my second year has brought much joy. Particularly, founding the University of Newcastle Poker Club has been a major milestone of my time at the University, engaging with students across programs has further developed my understanding of the intersectionality of our community and I look forward to further expanding our horizons and student-base in the Club.


Lucas Dowling was raised a Novocastrian, attending Newcastle Grammar School for primary and half of secondary school, until attending The King’s School in North Parramatta from Year 10 until his graduation in 2018. Lucas’ secondary education provided a holistic understanding of servant-hearted leadership and the need for effective governance to give a voice to all sectors of the community, regardless of socioeconomic status, race, gender, etc.

Currently, Lucas is in his third year of a combined Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Arts. He enjoys the benefits his program has provided him, particularly regarding advocacy and developing his understanding of the intersectionality of our society and the necessity of representative democracy and effective grassroots movements in effecting change at all levels of our society.

Lucas is most proud of the University of Newcastle Poker Club, which he founded amidst the grips of COVID-19 with the help of a group of dedicated students and friends. He looks forward to developing the base of the club, reaching more students than ever, and hopes to expand the club to include more forms of cards and board games, such as chess.

Whilst trying to avoid clich├ęs like “You only live once” and “Everyone has two lives, and their second begins when they realise they only have one”, Lucas attempts to experience and participate in different aspects of life that are outside of his comfort zone, and sometimes, his ability. Lucas has used 2020 to try his hand at activities such as painting, which has proved more challenging than anticipated, and playing tennis doubles with his sister - to varying degrees of success.

Lucas hopes 2021 brings a semblance of normality to our unstable global landscape and looks forward to beginning his tenure on the University Council, representing the student body, participating in the University’s culture, and any miracle which might save his attempted painted portraits.

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.