Business and industry

Sarah Gray - Industry Scholar

The Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment at the University of Newcastle has an enviable reputation as one of the best of its kind in Australia. We are responsible for the training and educating of many leading professionals and researchers at the cutting edge of engineering and the built environment around the world.

Our partnerships with industry help to strengthen ties between professional practice and education, and bring real-world experience into our research laboratories and teaching. Working with industry helps us maintain a ‘forward-looking’ approach to education. We are committed to building long- term relationships that mutually benefit all parties, and to expanding these relationships for the future.

student learning experienceEnhance the student learning experience

Help us create a dynamic learning community that prepares our students for global citizenship. Our high achieving students might be your future recruits; interacting with them is an opportunity to shape their future to the benefit of all involved. It’s also a great way to raise your organisation’s profile and promote your brand within the community.

Participate in teaching activities

The Faculty extends a warm invitation to industry professionals willing and able to contribute guest lectures. The topic is up to you – it might be recapping a recent project, discussing innovative technology, or just offering expertise relevant to our courses. This assists students to link theory and practice, and better understand the opportunities and challenges confronting regional organisations and industries.

Host an industry visit

Allow us to bring our students to you to showcase your organisation’s daily operations. Industry visits are an excellent opportunity to provide context to course materials and awaken students to the career opportunities available in our local area.

Mentor a student

Our Pro Vice-Chancellor’s Scholars Program fosters a community of excellence among our high achieving students, and supports them throughout their journey into industry or research. A key part of this scheme is mentoring by industry professionals on academic interests and career aspirations. As an industry mentor you can play a vital role in shaping their future, and give valuable advice on career paths, negotiating industry culture, networking and relating study to work. We invite you to participate in this scheme and share your experience with the next generation of industry professionals.

work with studentsWork with our students

Involve Engineering and Built Environment students directly with your business. Through placements, projects and scholarships, your organisation can form a relationship with a current student and help them gain real world experience. Short or long term options are available.

Industrial experience placement

As a central requirement for accreditation by Engineers Australia, all engineering students are required to complete at least 12 weeks of productive work experience before graduation. Hosting students on work placement can be an excellent way to hand pick future employees and familiarise them with your business. With students in a wide range of engineering, computing and built environment disciplines, there’s bound to be someone with the interest and knowledge to match your business needs. Work experience placements can be either paid or unpaid. All students on an unpaid placement are fully covered by University insurance.

Final year project

Final year projects are an integral part of all of our Engineering and Construction Management programs. Industry-based final year projects provide an excellent vehicle for developing links with Faculty and gaining access to talented students to work on real problems within your business. Timelines range from 6 to 12 months, and students can work individually or in teams. Each project also benefits from direct supervision by expert academic staff from the relevant area. Students can volunteer or be employed directly by the industry partner.

Industry placement stream

Students in our new Industry Placement Stream complete their program alongside a total of 30 weeks of industry experience in the form of 3 x 10 week summer placements. Your business can now sponsor a student in this stream by providing an Industry Placement Scholarship. This builds a personalised relationship between your business and a talented student who has the opportunity to grow and develop within your workplace. This can culminate in a highly focused, industry-based final year project within your company in their last year of study.

Research scholarships

Industry-funded research scholarships can be created for undergraduate and postgraduate students to either help them complete their studies, or facilitate a specific placement. These scholarships and placements can range from 1-5 years, with funding from an individual industry partner.

researchDevelop our expertise as we develop yours

Work with us to identify the training, skills and knowledge sets needed to ensure individual and organisational success. The University of Newcastle has a wealth of advanced research expertise that may not be available within your organisation. Collaboration with industry also helps us better understand how our research can benefit your industry.


Senior UON researchers can offer exclusive consultation services to help achieve results for your business within a short time-frame. Depending on your business needs, these can span 3 weeks to 2 months, and are funded by an individual industry partner.

Contract research

If your business has specific research needs, senior UON researchers are available to work on longer-term projects (6 months – 3 years) under an individual contract agreement.

Linkage grants

Team up with senior researchers to work on solving major problems of national importance. Linkage grants can last up to 5 years, or potentially be ongoing, with funding from industry partners and UON matched by the Australian Research Centre. Industry contribution can be cash or ‘in kind’.

Innovation connections

UON researchers can work on a specific project with a partner SME. This can involve a placement within the business to develop an idea with commercial potential. Up to $50,000 funding from the Australian Government is available, and placements last up to 12 months.

APR intern

The Australian Government has a range of rebates available to help facilitate the short-term placement of PhD students into Australian businesses.

philanthropyContribute through a philanthropic donation

By investing in a student’s education, you are investing in the future prosperity of our region. A donation could help a student overcoming hardship to fulfil their dreams, or reward a high achiever for their hard work. Such contributions are public recognition for your support of University students and projects, and help raise the profile of philanthropy to those connected to your organisation.

Donate a scholarship

Scholarships provide valuable support to students, and your example will help encourage them to share their talents. Scholarships also provide encouragement and recognition to our best and brightest to continue their hard work within our community.

Awards and prizes

Set up a one-off or annually- recurring prize to award a high- achieving student in a degree area related to your organisation. The terms of the award are determined by you, and the title of the prize will acknowledge your generosity. This is a great way to foster the talent of tomorrow’s leaders.

Support leadership and the learning environment

Making a contribution toward a strategic leadership position (lectureship or professorship) or the physical learning environment of students (such as teaching spaces, libraries and student collaboration spaces) are two of the most impactful ways to contribute to both the University and the community.

Other ways to get involved

Join an advisory group

We are seeking industry professionals to contribute to the development of our programs and degrees by becoming a member of an advisory board or project-based working group. Industry involvement in program and degree reviews have provided the faculty with powerful insights that inform and shape our degrees, creating course content that is current, and at the forefront of employer and industry desires.

Join the global the University of Newcastle graduate community

No matter what you studied or when you graduated, there are many ways to keep in touch, and some great benefits of being part of the alumni community. Receive invitations to alumni events in your local area, connect with other graduates and staff and receive monthly alumni newsletters.

Industry Updates

You can also sign up to our mailing list to receive quarterly news updates from the Faculty plus invitations to exclusive industry events.

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