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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Top 150 ? in the world - Sociology
World Top 200 ? for English Language and Literature
94% Employed ? within four months of graduation Find out more Over 89% ? satisfaction for teacher education learning resources Find out more


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

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.

Dannielle embraces opportunities

Dannielle embraces opportunities

Beginning her university adventure as a Newstep student, Dannielle used the pathway program to prepare for university life and explore what she was really passionate about. This led to her enrolling in the Bachelor of Arts, majoring in English and Writing and Linguistics.

Frances juggles study, work and parenthood

Frances juggles study, work and parenthood

Frances began her higher education study journey 24 years after finishing high school. She studied the first year of a Bachelor of Arts, before transferring to a Bachelor of Social Studies (Honours) majoring in politics and international studies at the University of Newcastle.

Charlotte captures a global mindset

Charlotte captures a global mindset

Charlotte hopes to one day be a creative producer working on film sets. She is currently in her second year of a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Film, Media and Cultural Studies (FMCS).

Courtroom to Classroom

Courtroom to Classroom

Sam realised that he wasn’t working in his dream job so turned to postgraduate study to pursue his next career path by enrolling in a Master of Teaching (Secondary).

Creating positive learning experiences

Creating positive learning experiences

Andrew decided to pursue the Master of Special and Inclusive Education to enhance his knowledge and skills and to make a positive impact on his students.

Tandin Wangmo

Tandin Wangmo

Tandin Wangmo is currently the Head of Office and the National Project Coordinator for the Regional Office of South Asia, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), working out of Bhutan

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.

Professor Maynard sitting holding a book in front of a cabinet of memorabilia collected as an historian

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

JTDs pitching

Event • 29 Apr 2021 from 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Join the Dots - Pitching

Hear from founders and business leaders throughout the region as we explore the art of pitching.

Funding Roadmap

Event • 3 May 2021 from 8:00am - 9:00am

Funding Roadmap

Find out first-hand what opportunities are available to bring your new product, process or service through the phases of “explore – experiment – accelerate – scale” right here in the Hunter.

Jennifer Holland

Event • 5 May 2021 from 8:00am - 9:00am

Startup Stories - Jennifer Holland (Throat Scope)

Join us at Startup Stories for an engaging session with one of Australia’s brightest medtech CEO’s and local Newcastle entrepreneur as she shares her insight into building a world-class company and scaling it across the globe.

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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.