Initiatives

Key initiatives

A high-performing institution

We are an institution dedicated to high performance at all levels of the organisation. Working with our academic and professional staff, we will review and reshape the Academic Performance Expectations Framework (PEF), Performance Expectations for professional staff, and our workload models to reflect our values and strategic priorities. We will reward collaborative behaviour and build a positive engagement and impact mindset.

We will establish a holistic change framework and program targeted at leaders, change champions and staff to build in-house capability supporting change in a timely and adaptable way.

Building leadership and capability

Recognising the talent within our institution, we will create opportunities for our staff to be our students, and our students to be our staff. Our staff will be offered access to our University's courses, enabling them not only to benefit from professional development but also gain first-hand insight into the student experience. We will prioritise engagement with high-performing students, bringing them into our organisation as the next generation of academic and professional talent.

Outstanding talent

We will ensure our Employee Value and Student Experience propositions are aligned with best practice to attract, retain and nurture exceptional staff and students.

A values-based culture

We will build a culture grounded in our values of excellence, equity, engagement and sustainability, bringing a range of perspectives, disciplines and expertise to our community. Fostering leadership practices that maximise equity, diversity and inclusion, cultivating a collaborative mindset and celebrating achievements will be essential to shaping our values-based culture.

Healthy and safe workplace culture

We will adopt a beyond-zero approach to our safety management to ensure that our University is a place where our staff and students feel safe, valued and empowered.

We will build a shared mentality of care and personal commitment by providing our people with the opportunity to enhance their physical and psychological wellbeing at work.

Progress

Indigenous research trailblazer honoured with lecture series

Indigenous research trailblazer honoured with lecture series

Esteemed historian and Indigenous research trailblazer, University of Newcastle Emeritus Professor John Maynard has been honoured with a new lecture series in his name.

Yarning Circle to bring communities together

Yarning Circle to bring communities together

A Yarning Circle, established to provide a significant and accessible meeting space for local Aboriginal communities and the Central Coast community, has officially opened at the University of Newcastle’s Ourimbah campus.

Upward trajectory continues for University of Newcastle

Upward trajectory continues for University of Newcastle

The University of Newcastle has improved its rankings in the latest 2021 QS Subject rankings.

2020 University of Newcastle Excellence Awards celebrated

2020 University of Newcastle Excellence Awards celebrated

The University of Newcastle has recognised the outstanding achievements of staff at its 2020 Excellence Awards.

Meet our STEM Superstars

Meet our STEM Superstars

Two stellar female role models, an electrochemist and engineer, Dr Jessica Allen, and coastal scientist, Dr Hannah Power, have been announced as Australia’s newest ‘Superstars of STEM’.

Rainbow pedestrian crossing signifies University’s commitment to diversity

Rainbow pedestrian crossing signifies University’s commitment to diversity

The University of Newcastle believes in a “show don’t tell” principle in our commitments to community and equity. That’s why, as part of the University of Newcastle’s Pride Week 2020, a permanent rainbow-coloured pedestrian crossing will today be unveiled on the Callaghan campus in front of the Chan

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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.