Initiatives

Key initiatives

Living lab model

To advance our four Engagement Priorities, we will implement a Living Lab model to facilitate partner-led problem solving and innovation that stretches beyond the boundaries of our University.

This model will see students, researchers, academics, alumni and industry and community partners coming together to create new knowledge. They will be empowered to experiment with new technologies, craft policy concepts, explore cultural ideas, break new ground in teaching and learning, and embrace a spirit of entrepreneurship to drive commercial innovation.

Multidisciplinary networks

We will establish dedicated networks to drive multidisciplinary collaboration across the four priority areas. These networks will drive our research, innovation and collaboration efforts. They will also identify ways to involve staff and students in the creative problem-solving process and advise on academic needs to ensure we are preparing students for the future of work.

Engagement pathways

We will develop clear pathways that make it easier for businesses, industry and community to connect and collaborate with us. This will result in new partnerships, new research connections, improved entrepreneurship and commercialisation opportunities, and more Work Integrated Learning partners and employers for our students.

Institutional alignment

We will prioritise our strategic investments to support the four Engagement Priorities and drive true multidisciplinary collaboration between faculties, divisions, students, researchers, and our various stakeholders.

Progress

Green hydrogen demonstration drives zero emission future

Green hydrogen demonstration drives zero emission future

A state-of-the-art green hydrogen fuel, developed in partnership between the University of Newcastle and Southern Green Gas has today been unveiled and demonstrated in Hyundai’s NEXO hydrogen fuel cell SUV.

Food and Agribusiness Doctoral Training Centre established on the Central Coast

Food and Agribusiness Doctoral Training Centre established on the Central Coast

The University of Newcastle has today opened its newest Doctoral Training Centre (DTC), the Food and Agribusiness DTC, at Ourimbah.

Hunter Region Nominated as a Hydrogen Technology Cluster

Hunter Region Nominated as a Hydrogen Technology Cluster

The Hunter region has been chosen as the Hunter Hydrogen Technology Cluster in an announcement made today from National Energy Resources Australia (NERA).

New partnership supports region’s medical research capability

New partnership supports region’s medical research capability

The region’s health and medical researchers and community will benefit from a new partnership between Port Waratah Coal Services (Port Waratah), Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI) and Hunter New England Local Health District.

ARENA funding to accelerate small wind turbine innovation

ARENA funding to accelerate small wind turbine innovation

University of Newcastle-born startup company, Diffuse Energy, has secured more than $920,000 in funding contributions, including $341,990 from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) to deploy its small wind turbine technology in remote locations across Australia.

Uni backs promising ideas to buzz off mozzies

Uni backs promising ideas to buzz off mozzies

From a deodorant that repels mosquitoes to engineering a trap that disrupts mosquito breeding, nine innovative projects were awarded and have shared $45,000 in funding in the University of Newcastle’s 2020 Grand Challenge.

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