Initiatives

Key initiatives

Work Integrated Learning for all

Experiential workplace learning opportunities promote skills development, build self-awareness, foster innovative thinking, assist in career planning and support student transition into the world of work.

All of our undergraduates will have a Work Integrated Learning experience during their studies. Engagement will be with business, government, start-ups, research teams, not-for-profits, multidisciplinary initiatives, and international organisations. The offer will beflexible and personalised to the needs of our stakeholders, including a focus on local opportunities that will see our students contributing to our regions. Such an experience, supported by employability learning, will enable our graduates to make informed career choices. It will also contextualise their academic learning and will help graduates to understand the skill sets that are relevant to employers.

We will look at innovative ways to facilitate greater engagement by developing a flexible academic calendar and new modes of program delivery.

Graduate attributes

To prepare our students for this future, we will develop and instil a set of skills and attributes that will guide their development – to mark them as distinct, globally aware, ready for the world of work and committed to lifelong learning. We will develop the capability for students to digitally store, share and manage the credentials, skills and attributes they obtain from the University to support Work Integrated Learning, employability and lifelong learning. Our graduates will be encouraged to be active members of our alumni community.

Celebrating excellence

We will offer a prestigious scholarship and extra-curricular development recognition program, acknowledged during graduation ceremonies, to those students who have demonstrated exceptional achievement aligned to our University values, future employer skills needs and contributions made to the community. This will offer them a competitive advantage in the workplace.

Student-centred wellbeing

We will design a student wellbeing framework that exemplifies our student experience and supports wellbeing throughout the student journey, including lifelong learning. We will deliver a comprehensive care infrastructure which provides quality support for students' social, mental, and physical wellbeing.

We will develop a range of initiatives to guide students to understand themselves and build self-help strategies. Our graduates will have the resilience and determination to effectively engage with the challenges and opportunities presented by modern society.

Progress

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.

Chief Justice recognises Newcastle's newest lawyers among best in the country

Chief Justice recognises Newcastle's newest lawyers among best in the country

For the first time in 25 years, Newcastle was proud to welcome the Chief Justice and three of the state’s top judges to preside over the University’s annual admittance ceremony at City Hall this week, in which eligible graduates are formally confirmed as lawyers of the court.

A graduation like no other

A graduation like no other

There is light at the end of the tunnel for 550 students who will celebrate the culmination of their studies at the University of Newcastle Callaghan graduation ceremonies this week.

Shuang Zhang named ELICOS NSW International Student of the Year

Shuang Zhang named ELICOS NSW International Student of the Year

University of Newcastle postgraduate student Shuang Zhang is the 2020 ELICOS NSW International Student of the Year.

Inaugural employability excellence achievers unveiled

Inaugural employability excellence achievers unveiled

The students, staff, businesses and community partners who inspire the University of Newcastle’s reputation for producing work-ready graduates have been recognised in the institution’s inaugural Employability Excellence Awards.

Solving social work student placement challenges during COVID-19

Solving social work student placement challenges during COVID-19

The Gender, Leadership and Social Sustainability research centre (GLASS) in the School of Humanities and Social Science has assisted in providing an innovative way for social work students to complete their work integrated learning (WIL) placements despite the challenges posed by the pandemic.

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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.