The University of Newcastle is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic by providing support initiatives for people across our regions and the country. This includes new services and support, research, innovation and expertise – read about just some of these activities below.

News • 11 Jun 2021

Safe return of international students to Newcastle

Statement from Vice-Chancellor Professor Alex Zelinsky AO on the safe return of international students to Newcastle

Woman with flu under a blanket and sneezing

News • 19 Apr 2021

Flu tracking system captures COVID-19 impact

One of the largest crowd-sourced public health surveillance systems in the world, known for detecting the spread of influenza, has revealed the COVID-19 pandemic dramatically impacted the 2020 flu season.

Dr Adam Fahy

News • 20 Nov 2020

COVID-19 face shield team wins AFR Higher Education Award

The University of Newcastle‘s ‘COVID-19 equipment shortage’ team has won a national higher education award for its remarkable contribution to the Australian community.

News • 10 Nov 2020

Have a Hometown Holiday to support the Newcastle tourism industry

A new initiative aimed at boosting tourism in Newcastle will launch on Thursday.

Postgraduate student with laptop

Featured story • 3 Nov 2020

Skills and job trends now and into the future

We find ourselves in the aftermath of the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic which wreaked havoc on the Australian economy. Although the unemployment rate peaked in July 2020, job security is still at an all-time low.

Postgraduate student working on laptop in cafe

Featured story • 2 Nov 2020

5 ways to future-proof yourself in a recession

The hospitality and arts sectors have been heavily impacted by COVID-19 over the majority of 2020. How this will play out in the future is yet to be determined. However, the demand for graduates in most other professions has now rebounded to roughly what it originally was pre-COVID.

Two postgraduate students walking and talking

Featured story • 2 Nov 2020

How to boost your employability during the COVID-19 pandemic 

In early April 2020 the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in 700,000 people losing their jobs in one week during one of the most savage job market downturns in Australian history.

Students walking on campus

News • 20 Oct 2020

New preparation program gives students a hand-UPP

Domestic students transitioning into their undergraduate degree in 2021 will have access to free personalised learning support thanks to an initiative at the University of Newcastle.

researcher, Francesco, with view overlooking Newcastle city

News • 12 Oct 2020

Global discussion on the future of healthcare systems amid COVID-19

There is no doubt COVID-19 has burdened healthcare systems across the world but what can be learnt from this?

Edgeworth Heights Public School students on Zoom call with Penpal

Featured story • 30 Sep 2020

COVID PenPal program nurtures unexpected iso friendships

A unique bond between kindy kids and aged care residents in the NSW Hunter region has culminated in a heart-warming musical meeting after months of written letters back and forth during the COVID-19 lockdown.

News • 22 Sep 2020

Lecture: Climate Change in Challenging Times

Join Professor Paul Dastoor and an expert panel as they explore the environmental reprieve that was one of the unexpected early outcomes of COVID-19.

Seven female academics talking around a table

News • 2 Sep 2020

University of Newcastle signs Joint Statement on gender and COVID-19

Without conscious action to address the gendered impacts of COVID-19, the pandemic threatens to derail the tertiary education sector’s decades-long effort to advance gender equity, a Joint Sector Position Statement warns.


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.