Initiatives

Key initiatives

Meaningful engagement in our regions

We seek to co-develop initiatives to grow the economic potential of our regions. Drawing from the wisdom of knowledge traditions will give us the best chance to achieve the best results for everyone in our communities. Through the inclusion of Indigenous knowledge, we will champion multidisciplinary research and collaboration to find solutions that benefit our community.

Reconciliation

The 60,000 years of Australia’s First Peoples cultures are the foundation to our identity as an Australian university. Reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians is everyone’s responsibility and benefits all. We will provide an environment that is free from racism and discrimination, and embrace a united approach to equality and inclusiveness.

Our practices will be consistent with the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the State of Reconciliation in Australia Report. We are especially mindful of the impact we can have in terms of institutional integrity as a leading voice for reconciliation in our regions.

Progress

OPINION: Recognising racism must be the starting place for reconciliation

OPINION: Recognising racism must be the starting place for reconciliation

The house I live in is on Guringai country. The backyard blends into the dense bush of the National Park. There is a bush track that leads up a steep hill to the ridgeline. The track leads to a marked Aboriginal site, where water still pools in grinding grooves.

Archive fever – Archive phobia: A seminar on archival research for students researching Indigenous histories

Archive fever – Archive phobia: A seminar on archival research for students researching Indigenous histories

Professor Victoria Haskins’ journey into archival research began with a box of diaries, letters and photographs sitting in her aunty’s garage in Woolgoolga, NSW. The discovery of these forgotten papers sparked her fascination with archival research and the histories that can be drawn out from docum

Framework launched in commitment to Indigenous education and research

Framework launched in commitment to Indigenous education and research

The University of Newcastle has unveiled a major piece in its longstanding commitment to Indigenous higher education, innovation and engagement with the launch of its Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education and Research Framework, coinciding with national Close the Gap Day.

University of Newcastle author wins major literary award

University of Newcastle author wins major literary award

Professor Sarah Wright, a human geographer from the University of Newcastle is part of a collective of women who were joint winners of the Prime Minister’s literary awards non-fiction category.

New scholarship aims to improve health and wellbeing in Indigenous communities

New scholarship aims to improve health and wellbeing in Indigenous communities

To help address the health needs in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across rural NSW, the University of Newcastle has launched a new Indigenous scholarship in the field of Speech Pathology.

Indigenous collaboration wins inaugural heritage accolade

Indigenous collaboration wins inaugural heritage accolade

An Indigenous-led collaborative project in traditional Darug Country in western Sydney has won the inaugural Aboriginal Heritage category in the 2020 National Trust Heritage Awards.

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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.