To inspire, enrich and transform humanity

At the Faculty of Education and Arts, we are highly respected for our teaching quality and research, with learning methods that ensure our graduates have high-level professional skills, leaving the University confident, skilled and life-ready.

The Faculty of Education and Arts has been integrated into the new College of Human and Social Futures.

We are committed to supporting a respectful workplace culture that nurtures professional development. Our goal is to be a global workplace of choice for academic and professional staff in the creative industries, education, humanities and social sciences.

Our Schools

Mapping the injustices of our past

Professor Lyndall Ryan focuses on our dark history with the Colonial Frontier Massacres Map.

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We produce world-class scholarship, often in collaboration with international colleagues and those from other faculties within the University.

Our researchers have established an enviable reputation for the quality of their work, with many of our people regarded as world leaders in their fields.



The Faculty supports equity and excellence. In addition to the many scholarships on offer to all University of Newcastle students, there are a range of scholarships available exclusively to students undertaking our degrees.

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Faculty highlights

Deb supports cohort learning

Deb supports cohort learning

After completing a Master of Leadership and Management in Education at the University of Newcastle, Deb has helped a group of teachers at Trinity to complete the Master of Leadership and Management in Education externally as a cohort, liaising with the university to organise support for them.

Adrian steps up his educational leadership

Adrian steps up his educational leadership

Adrian’s passion for education shines when he’s in the classroom. He enjoys expanding young people’s viewpoint beyond their local knowledge, to the wider world around them. Through a partnership between his school and the University of Newcastle, he heard about the Master of Leadership and Managemen

Joshua’s pathway to studying education

Joshua’s pathway to studying education

Joshua completed his pathway program and is now studying a Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) (Honours).

Dani’s pathway to social work

Dani’s pathway to social work

Dani always thought that university wasn’t for her until she applied for the Open Foundation pathway program.

Iglal’s pathway to becoming a teacher

Iglal’s pathway to becoming a teacher

Iglal reached her dream of becoming a teacher through persistence and hard work after arriving in Australia as a refugee from Sudan.

Amanda discovers her passion in India

Amanda discovers her passion in India

Amanda realised that to break into the International Community Development industry she would need a postgraduate degree. After reviewing all 43 Australian Universities and their respective online degrees, she decided upon the Master of Social Change and Development at the University of Newcastle.

Quyen achieves her PhD dream

Quyen achieves her PhD dream

Coming from the Mekong Delta in the south of Vietnam, Quyen, a lecturer at Can Tho University travelled to Australia to pursue her dream of completing a PhD.

Short courses lead to bigger things

Short courses lead to bigger things

Before studying a Master of Leadership and Management in Education, Bronwyn had the opportunity to complete a short course online which inspired her to further develop her skills and contribute to her career progression.

Latest news

John Howard and Alex Zelinsky

News • 14 Apr 2021

Former Australian Prime Ministers celebrated at graduation

Two former Australian Prime Ministers were recognised for their contributions to the nation, in particular the higher education sector, by the University of Newcastle today.

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News • 23 Mar 2021

Bringing unheard voices back into collective memory

Distinguished Professor Larissa Behrendt AO delivered the inaugural John Maynard Aboriginal History Lecture at University House to an on-line and face-to-face audience of over 180, on 17 March 2021 as part of the Purai Global Indigenous History Centre showcase.

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News • 8 Mar 2021

Reclaiming History: the unconventional legacies of a leading Aboriginal historian

Emeritus Professor John Maynard’s reputation as a trailblazer is well-deserved so it is only fitting that this historian, whose journey began with researching his own family’s history, is honoured in the InauguralJohn Maynard Aboriginal History Lecture.

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Upcoming events

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Event • 24 Sep 2021

Karen Thrift Prize for Poetry and Lyrics

The University of Newcastle School of Humanities and Social Science, is thrilled to announce the launch of the 2021 Karen Thrift Prize for Poetry or Lyrics.

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Event • 30 Sep 2021

Creative Ageing Symposium

The Creative Ageing Research Team at the University of Newcastle invites you to attend a one-day symposium that focusses on how engagement in creative activities can promote healthy brains and minds in older adults.

NFH Water Security

Event • 15 Oct 2021 from 5:30pm - 16 Oct 2021 until 8:00pm

New Futures Hackathon for Water Security

Meet new people, be exposed to fresh ideas, learn new skills and build creative, original work.

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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.