The University of Newcastle, Australia

Online resources

No matter which campus you attend or if you study remotely, you can access support to help with your studies.

The University has a range of resources that can help you with general study skills and exam tips, as well as those that can help with course and subject-specific issues.

If you learn more effectively by interacting with people, there are also opportunities to speak directly to academic support services and receive one-on-one assistance online.


More than just buildings full of books, many of the University’s library resources are also available online, including eJournals, eBooks, as well as a variety of databases and course readings.

The library also offers classes and workshops – both in person and online – as well as virtual tours of the physical libraries themselves, so that you are well acquainted with the facilities in advance.

Visit the Library site

Academic Learning Support

Academic Learning Support has a dedicated team of Learning Advisers ready to work with you on developing your study skills, academic writing, maths, stats, and english language skills. The services are free, open to all UON students, and include group workshops and face-to-face, phone, Skype and email appointments.  View workshop schedules or book an individual appointment.

Learning Resources

Academic Learning Support offers a broad range of support resources online, both specific to certain areas of study, as well as applicable to a wide range of subjects. Areas covered include:  Study Skills (including exam prep, word skills, study planners etc), Taking control of your assignments, Writing skills, English Language skills, Maths and Stat skills, Graduate resources, Open Foundation.  These resources can be accessed by all students for the purposes of self-improvement.

View Learning Resources

Additional resources can be found in Blackboard, under "My Other sites" > "Academic Learning Support".


If you’re after some independent feedback on your writing, regardless of your campus or study method, a Learning Adviser can help via an email consultation (eConsult).

Simply make an e-Consult appointment via CareerHub to secure a place in the queue for review and submit a sample of draft material. Be sure to include your specific query in the comments field, along with the assignment instructions and marking criteria.

We will respond within two working days, via your student email, offering insights into your work – although please note that an eConsult is not an editing or proof-reading service.

Contact Academic Learning Support

Online PASS

Online PASS Interactive Sessions are the same as on-campus PASS sessions, just online, making some courses accessible to students who study off-campus and students who find it difficult to fit on-campus sessions into their schedule.

UON PREP- Bridging and Refresher courses

The UON Prep Bridging courses are designed to support you in your future and current studies regardless of your previous level of education. Online short courses are available.

e-Learning Courses

e-Learning courses have been designed for UON students in collaboration with UK bssed company EPIGEUM and are the first programs of their kind that are designed to support your transition into and throughout your University degree. The below e-Learning courses are free for UON students and provide you with a certificate of completion for your personal portfolio.

More online support services

Indicating the source of information or ideas cited or discussed in your work, as well as giving the location of quotes, is a crucial aspect of assessments.

So understanding and being able to accurately reference is a skill you need to master. But with a variety of referencing styles used, it’s can be a variety of skills.

The University has resources to help you better understand referencing, while the Library offers more in-depth information about referencing, including style guides.

Whether you need a quiet place to focus and hit the books, or are looking for a room where you can have a lively discussion for a group assignment, our campuses have a variety of spaces for your study requirements – whatever the time of day or night.


The libraries have silent, quiet and group study rooms available, with different levels of noise and interaction allowed in each.

Book a study space

Video: Secret Spaces in the University of Newcastle Library

After hours

Areas of the libraries at Callaghan and Central Coast, as well as parts of NeW Space, are accessible 24 hours a day, offering group study facilities, as well as places to prepare food and drink.

You can access these areas by simply swiping your student card.

To access other buildings outside the University’s hours of 7am and 9pm weekdays, or on weekends, you will need to apply by filling in the after-hours access notification form.

Between course readers, text books, the vast resources available through the Library, and the infinite amount of knowledge available on the internet, finding relevant, helpful sources for your specific area of study can be a challenge.

In fact, learning to be an effective researcher is a skill of its own, and one that you will need to learn during your time at uni.

The University offers resources to not only find the right material but improve your research skills as a whole.

If you have missed part of your lecture, or want to listen to one you attended again, most lectures are recorded using UONCapture.

To access UONCapture, login to UONline (Blackboard) and visit your course site.

You can also access UONCapture recordings from your mobile device, by downloading the Panopto app. Once downloaded, you will need to enter UONCapture’s URL in the top right corner of the app. Once logged in you will be able to access all of your courses’ recordings.

Download the Panopto app for your device:

All of your courses are supported by our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) 'UONline'.

UONline provides access to a suite of online teaching and learning technologies including our Learning Management System, 'Blackboard'; Blackboard’s mobile app; collaboration tools (Blackboard Collaborate); text-matching services (Turnitin); and our Video Management System (UONCapture).

Students can access UONline in the student portal myUON by clicking on the ‘Blackboard UONline’ tile on the Launchpad.

You can access your courses from your mobile device by downloading the Blackboard student app. Once downloaded, you will be able to access each individual course site and associated course materials.

Download the Blackboard student app for your device:

Studying at home during a pandemic

We’ve prepared some short videos (below, max. 8 mins) to help you adjust to studying online and at home – we know it’s not easy, but our suggestions may make a big difference.

Video: Studying at home - maintaining motivation
Video: Studying at home - survival tips
Video: Studying at home - exam preparation