Wollotuka facilitates a range of activities and experiences for you to connect with other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
Be sure to touch base with the Student Advancement team to keep up to date with news and events.
Events and activities
Wollotuka host a weekly community BBQ for student and staff to come together.
There are regular activities hosted by Wollotuka during the University of Newcastle Theme Weeks. Some of these include Stress Less Week, Green Week and Nutrition Week. We also host activities for Reconciliation Week, NAIDOC Week and International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples.
Indigenous Women's Group and Men's Group have been set up to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students throughout their studies through creating community, holding events and participating in cultural practice.
Throughout your degree, you will be provided with unique opportunities to travel and study both further afield in Australia and overseas.
In 2018, Wollotuka won an Endeavour grant in the form of an exchange program with the First Peoples House at the University of Victoria, Canada.
In 2019, students had the opportunity to participate in an innovative reciprocal blended work-integrated learning (WIL) exchange program.
As a Wollotuka Student Ambassador you will support the Student Advancement and Recruitment Team through events and engagement activities. Our Ambassadors are current students who engage with future students, current students and community members. This is a paid role, and you will work on an array of projects including attending community and University events, as well as engaging with other students.
"Working as a Student Ambassador for the Wollotuka Institute whilst studying is amazing. The flexibility allows me focus on my studies and keep a happy balance between work and study life."
Jackie Watson, Student Ambassador
Formerly known as National Indigenous Tertiary Education Student Games (NITESG) began in 1996 as a joint class project between thirteen students enrolled in a Diploma of Aboriginal Studies (Community Recreation) at the then-Wollotuka School for Aboriginal Studies.
The first event was attended by around 30 students and has since grown to host hundreds of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tertiary students from universities all around Australia. Students compete in four core sports (touch football, netball, basketball, volleyball) plus a traditional Indigenous game every year.
Objectives of the event:
- Celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture
- Reinforce identity through positive role models
- Promote unity, health, fitness and wellbeing
- Initiating new communication networks
- Demonstration of self determination
Túnbilliko - the new communication channel for all Wollotuka students.
Túnbilliko is an Awabakal word which means 'exchange'.
Túnbilliko is where we (Student Advancement) will let you know what's going on and (mostly) replace emails from staff.
Each campus has its own site, and you can choose which sites you wish to follow to get information that's tailored to you.
The best thing about changing the way we communicate with you is that we can update the site during the week, and you get to choose when you read it. We might sometimes send an email alert and will send a weekly summary email that will show you the headlines from all the sites.
Our hope is that you'll actively choose to stay up to date by checking this site - the same way you check Facebook or Instagram.
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.