Under the governance and strategic direction of our leaders, the UoN workforce is working toward the realisation of our 2025 vision

Leadership and strategy

The University of Newcastle is recognised as a world-class university with current rankings placing us in the top three per cent of universities world-wide. This is a remarkable achievement for a university that is only 50 years old.Chancellor and Vice Chancellor

Under the governance and strategic leadership of our Chancellor Mr Paul Jeans and Vice-Chancellor Professor Caroline McMillen, supported by the Council and Executive Committee, the UON workforce of academic and professional staff are working toward the realisation of our 2025 vision.

The UON 2025 vision

UON stands as a global leader distinguished by a commitment to equity and excellence and to creating a better future for its regions through a focus on innovation and impact.

UON values

Equity and social justice

We provide opportunities for people with ability, regardless of their background and experiences. We lead in providing education for indigenous Australians.


We deliver the highest quality in everything we do and benchmark ourselves against the world's best.


Our staff, students and alumni are a resource for our whole community.  We are partners and collaborators in world-class research, teaching and learning, and our skilled graduates contribute to our regions, Australia and the world.


We challenge standard practice and received wisdom. We are world leaders in generating new knowledge and translating innovative ideas into real benefits to society.


We are open, ethical, rigorous and committed to the highest standards in academic enquiry.  We are champions of academic freedom and professional responsibility.


We are leaders in environmental sustainability. We make a significant contribution to the economic, social and environmental capacity of our communities.

Click here to view the NeW Futures Strategic Plan 2016-2025