Teaching, learning, and innovation

Higher education is a formative time for students and has a responsible position in society, educating, researching and developing solutions to many of our environmental challenges.  Our University plays a substantial role in this realm, through its teaching and research activities, engagement with staff and students and the strategic management of its physical estate. We have a strong reputation for research and innovation and much of this is in areas contributing to sustainability such as energy, biodiversity and the environment.

The position of universities in communities provides higher education with the potential to drive change. Our University with its diversity of campuses, research facilities and large number of international students has a considerable opportunity to contribute to this drive for change.

Through the Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources (NIER) we are leading the way in energy research. Researchers at NIER are exploring solutions for sustainable production and energy use and their work continues to expand the University's influence on the sector.

Our other key research centres and groups in environmental sustainability are:

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.