School and community programs
With a vision to be a world-leading university for our region, the University of Newcastle has a proud tradition of working with our communities and being deeply engaged with our local and regional schools.
We serve and strengthen our regions through research, innovation, education and engagement. We believe we are greater than the sum of our parts, so there is nothing we like more than to partner with others to build strong communities.
We engage broadly and deeply through schools and other organisations in our regions to ensure that our University is accessible to all.
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.
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.
Watt Space School Program
Watt Space Gallery has a range of services for schools, including guided tours and Professional Development workshops.
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.
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.
Our staff, students and alumni are actively involved in communities across our regions making a valuable contribution in a range of important areas.
As part of our innovative teaching and learning practice, the University has a suite of community clinics in operation across our region.
Indigenous community engagement
Ngiyang Nganggalidhi (Darkinung language meaning "we are talking) - Fostering strong links with community reinforces cultural values and beliefs.
The Confucius Institute is a non-profit organisation and the leading provider of high quality Chinese literacy programs in the Hunter, the Central Coast and regional NSW.
The Conservatorium caters to the community with music lessons for all ages and levels of experience.
National Disability Coordination Officer (NDCO)
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.
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.
2NURFM is the only locally owned radio station in Newcastle, and is funded by listener donations and sponsorship from businesses across Newcastle and the greater Hunter area.
The University libraries are open and available to the whole community. Reach out and find out how you can join.
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.