The University of Newcastle, Australia

Graduating with an edge on employment outcomes

Thursday, 27 September 2018

More than 1,050 students will mark the completion of their studies at the University of Newcastle’s Callaghan Campus graduation ceremonies this week.

The University of Newcastle’s Acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kevin Hall, said graduation was an opportunity for students to celebrate the result of many years of hard work and investment in their future.

“The opportunity to stand on stage in the presence of family and friends, recognising years of commitment to their studies is momentous for all of our graduates,” Professor Hall said.

“Encompassing innovative thinking, excellence, and a passion for life-long learning, we watch eagerly as our graduates embark on the next phase of their lives.”

Ranking above the Australian university average for student employment outcomes, 89 per cent of University of Newcastle graduates find employment within four months of graduating*.

Among graduates who are making their mark at a global level is PhD student, Jiemin Zhu, who has developed a first-of-its-kind mobile application to provide women with breast cancer free access to support services.

“Breast cancer is the most common cancer for Chinese women, but an increase in diagnosis and shortage of oncology specialists pose challenges for women to access adequate support from health care professionals,” Ms Zhu said.

“Innovative and easily accessible interventions are lacking, so I decided to do something to help.”

In addition to his own music production business, Communication and Media PhD student, Rob Taylor, is the Internal Communication Manager at Toyota Financial Services (TFS).

“The PhD gave me a plethora of transferable skills that could be directed and applied to many other areas. TFS certainly recognised this and gave me a shot. I absolutely love the job and the company, and I get up every morning excited about going to work,” Mr Taylor said.

Ceremonies on Thursday 27 September will see more than 300 students graduate from the faculties of Engineering and Built Environment, and Health and Medicine.

More than 750 students from the faculties of Business and Law, Education and Arts, and Science will graduate in ceremonies on Friday 28 September.

All ceremonies will take place at the Great Hall, Callaghan Campus and will be available via live stream to cater for family or friends who are unable to attend.

* Overall Undergraduate Employment. Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching 2017 (

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