Collaboration, transformation and growth

The Faculty of Science at the University of Newcastle is proud of the strong links we have forged with industry – both local, nationally and abroad.

Our researchers are at the cutting edge of scientific discovery, assisting with breakthroughs that have real-world applications.

Furthermore, our Faculty produces world-class graduates, many of whom enter the workforce having already gained valuable Work Integrated Learning experience with our industry partners.

The result is that our partner organisations gain valuable assets in the quality students and academics they work with.

Success stories

As well as collaborating with industry and community, relationships are also facilitated through our research institutes and centres. These are vital in exposing our initiatives.

Video: Electric partnership powers energy innovation


Co-founded by two Faculty of Science senior professors, Professor Juanita Todd (Acting Deputy Head of Faculty) and Professor Erica Wanless (Head of Discipline - Higher Degree Research of Chemistry), in conjunction with representatives from Engineering and Health, HunterWiSE is an industry-funded initiative dedicated to promoting and supporting girls and women in STEMM.

HunterWiSE features two interlinked actions aimed at increasing the number of girls and women participating in STEM through a school program and a series of networking events across the Hunter for women STEMM professionals.

This approach is designed to steer women toward, and encourage their retention in, the STEMM pipeline.

Learn more about HunterWISE

Scholarships and award programs

Many of our scholarships and awards would not exist without the generous support of industry partners.

If you are interested in supporting scholarship, we are happy to assist. For further information on funding scholarships for students of Science and Mathematics, contact the Office of Philanthropy.

Meet some of our scholarship recipients

Video: Hear first-hand why our inaugural Ma & Morley scholar, Luisa, chose to apply and her experience as part of the scholarship program.

Ma & Morley Scholar Sophie Draganic

Cardiff Heights, Lake Macquarie NSW
Bachelor of Environmental Science & Management
Scholarship Category: Academic Excellence
Enabling Pathway: Open Foundation

Sophie believes that in order to care about something, you must first know that it exists. Driven by a passion for protecting the natural world forged by experiences in her childhood, she hopes to encourage others to engage with their surroundings and discover deeper connections with nature and the environment through education and lived experiences. She believes that inspiration can come with the simplest of interactions and that these interactions allow for a greater understanding of the interconnected nature of all life on earth. With the threat of climate change and rampant habitat destruction having global scale impacts, Sophie hopes to support others in dissolving the perceived barriers between humans and the natural world as a means to ensure its protection. Since receiving the Ma & Morley scholarship in 2019, Sophie has pursued this goal through international travel with the University of Newcastle through the New Columbo Plan and extensive volunteer work with bush regeneration, PhD projects, Landcare & NUSEC.

Ma & Morley Scholar Amy Stephens

Glendale, Lake Macquarie NSW
Bachelor of Science
Scholarship Category: Academic Excellence
Enabling Pathway: Open Foundation

Amy believes that a healthy environment is crucial for all lives, human and otherwise. While she had always been interested in nature, raising her two children renewed her sense of wonder and curiosity. Her interest in gardening led to research into native bees, and she now has three stingless beehives and will happily discuss bees with anyone who will listen. Amy is interested in ecology and conservation, with a particular interest in entomology. She completed Open Foundation courses in environmental studies and chemistry in 2018 and is now enrolled in a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Biodiversity & Conservation and Environmental & Analytical Chemistry. She believes that good leadership seeks to improve the world for everyone, rather than a select few. She is looking forward to making her own contributions to science, and to changing the world for the better.

Ma & Morley Scholar Georgina Thompson

Greta, Hunter NSW
Bachelor of Environmental Science & Management
Scholarship Category: Educational Disadvantage

Georgina believes that living sustainably should be accessible to all. As an Environmental Science and Management student concerned with the connection between poverty, health and environmental health she hopes to develop and implement practical, affordable solutions to fostering mutually beneficial relationships between nature and those most disproportionately affected by global issues such as pollution, degradation and climate change. So far, her journey with the Ma & Morley scholarship program has allowed her to forge relationships with Polynesian and Asian communities while continuing local volunteer work in order to contribute to a safer, more equitable world.

Ma & Morley Scholar Marli Wright

East Maitland, Maitland NSW
Bachelor of Psychological Science
Scholarship Category: Indigenous

Marli is a proud Dunghutti women from Kempsey committed to closing the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people and hopes to find new ways to do this through her Bachelor of Psychological Science. From an early age, Marli has been recognised as a leader among her peers. She has worked hard to influence attitudes around the importance of reconciliation and recognition of Aboriginal people and given back to other causes important to her, like fundraising for Alzheimer’s disease. According to Marli, her contributions are small building blocks that help to address much broader global issues. As a young Aboriginal person, she believes that breaking down racial and social barriers at a local level can and will contribute to a change on a global scale.

Ma & Morley Scholar Thomas Levick

Hamilton, Newcastle NSW
Bachelor of Science (Honours)
Scholarship Category: Immersion

Thomas is a proud Yuwaalaraay man living on Awabakal country, and acknowledges his heritage as a key factor in the development of his values. Thomas is a campaigner who believes true leadership begins with service, which allows leaders to better understand their position and the impact of their actions. In 2017, Thomas completed an internship with The Wilderness Society, worked as Hunter Valley regional coordinator for renewable energy think-tank Beyond Zero Emissions (BZE), and stood in the Newcastle City Council elections as a Greens candidate. As a Ma & Morley scholar, Thomas aims to further connect with the community to advocate for change on environmental sustainability and biodiversity conservation.

Ma & Morley Scholar Jason Connor

North Lambton, Newcastle NSW
Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management
Scholarship Category: Indigenous
Enabling Pathway: Yapug

A passion to be an Indigenous leader in the fields of environmental science and marine biology motivated Jason to return to study after a ten-year break. After completing the University’s Yapug program, Jason commenced a Bachelor of Environmental Science and Land Management. Jason believes that by adapting million-year-old traditional techniques to contemporary settings, Aboriginal culture can play a major role in fostering more sustainable use of resources. His interest in preserving culture extends to his work as a volunteer in the University’s archaeological Glam X lab and as a local leader and mentor. Jason hopes to enter a cadetship with the CSIRO.

Ma & Morley Scholar Brent Cassidy

Aberdare, Hunter Valley NSW
Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management
Scholarship Category: Educational Disadvantage
Enabling Pathway: Open Foundation

Brent believes that education, experience, and above all, love can change the world. He admires passionate dreamers who become inspirational leaders via action! As an emerging environmental scientist, Brent is committed to personal development and continued academic growth. Guided by his heart, he desires to bring about positive change to planet and people - creating new approaches while embracing Indigenous ontologies. Brent dreams that destructive consumption, justified by ‘profit’, will simply fade away… After winning the first-year prize for his degree, a faculty award given for outstanding academic achievement in 2018, Brent followed with a strong 2019, again placed on the faculty commendation list. He embarked on two overseas study tours to Indonesia - observing orangutans deep within the Bornean jungle and working with constructed wetlands for passive water treatment at a coastal mine in Kalimantan. Brent’s pre-graduation career experience has seen no boundary. His dreams are just beginning, while his experience broadens daily…

Noraville, Central Coast NSW
Bachelor of Psychological Science
Scholarship Category: Educational Disadvantage
Enabling Pathway: Open Foundation

Since childhood, Rachel has dedicated her weekends to giving back to the community. Many years in the Scouts provided countless opportunities to serve others before taking up several volunteer leadership positions. More recently, Rachel has served the community through surf lifesaving – giving back hundreds of hours on beach patrol, as an emergency radio controller and surf education instructor. Her passion for helping people is underpinned by her belief that small acts make a big impact. She is currently studying Psychological Science and is interested in a career as a psychologist working with teenagers and young adults.

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.