Our Commmitment

We are guided by the Wollotuka Cultural Standards, expressed through our inter-institutional relationships.

Our relationships are based on the principles of reciprocity, accountability and respect. Through these principles, we commit to:

  • Pursuing the highest rates of success of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students across all disciplines
  • Becoming the leading university for global Indigenous comparative studies, research and educational approaches
  • Being the preferred employer and partner university for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities
  • Nurturing an environment where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders are challenged to innovate in culturally affirming, globally aware ways.

Our activities will further be informed by the Universities Australia Indigenous Strategy, the University of Newcastle Indigenous Higher Education Framework and our Reconciliation Action Plan.

Bula Wiyawiyelli – ‘those two [who] are talking’

Staff members Denise Emmerson and Raymond Kelly with student, Maddy (centre)

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.