Resources and Support

We provide a supportive environment to help you achieve your research goals, while balancing work, family and social commitments.

Funding and benefits

Support and services

Research funding

To support your research project, you will have access to a minimum of $1,500 (pro-rata for part-time candidates) each year. After approval from your School, this money can be used for expenses such as travel to a conference or consumables you might need to carry out your research.

A free laptop

As a University of Newcastle research student, you will be issued with a new laptop at the commencement of your studies.

When you complete your degree the laptop is yours to keep.


Log on

All University of Newcastle students have access to a range of online services including student email, UONline and library services.

Our computer labs, libraries and the student hubs offer a mix of computers and printing facilities for student use. As a research candidate you will have access to a range of specialised/reserved facilities.

You will also be able to connect your University supplied laptop to our network from hotspots located in popular indoor and outdoor areas around the Newcastle (Callaghan) and Central Coast (Ourimbah) campuses.

Online learning - UONline

Through an online learning system called UONline, you will have access to specific material for research candidates and content relevant to all University of Newcastle students.

You can also access UONline on any compatible mobile device by downloading the free mobile application – UONline Mobile Learn.

UON Graduate Reserach

UON Graduate Research is a department solely devoted to the provision of support and the delivery of quality programs and services to our research degree candidates.

The Office is responsible for the overall administration of research degree candidature including:

  • Admission
  • Enrolment
  • International Meet and Greets
  • Induction
  • Academic progress and monitoring
  • Examination of thesis

In addition UON Graduate Research administers research scholarships including:

  • Scholarship applications
  • Conditions
  • Payment of stipend
  • Overseas Student Health Cover and other benefits

Seminar series

We run regular seminars on academic skills required for the successful completion of a Research Degree. You are encouraged to take advantage of these free seminars.

Learning Support Program

The Centre of Teaching and Learning also run research degree specific workshops aimed at providing students with opportunities to increase their academic skills. Specifically designed to assist with proficiency in reading, writing, speaking and listening skills, details are available on the training and development web page.


The library

Our libraries will be an invaluable resource throughout your research degree experience.

You will have access to more than 1.3 million items, over 370,000 eBooks and over 80,000 electronic journals. You can also make requests for information via SMS, email or phone, 24 hours a day.

Our libraries also feature comfortable, informal work areas where you canmeet friends, collaborate, or simply use as a change of scenery while you do some reading.

If you are having difficulty finding particular books or journals, our dedicated library team members are there to help.

Student hubs

Our student hubs are one-stop-shops for getting information about the University, completing online forms, , getting a parking permit, logging on at an internet express terminal, or getting together with friends to chill out in the café and lounge areas.

Info commons

These bright, lounge-style learning spaces at the Newcastle City precinct, Newcastle and Central Coast campuses provide you with a 24-hour service.

The Commons have computers, individual work cubicles, printing facilities, lounge areas and cafés, as well as student rovers to offer you support.

International Student Meet and Greet

UON Graduate Research offers a meet and greet service to international students to help with your enrolment. We will provide you with other important information related to your candidature.

Sport and well-being

Your research is likely to make significant demands on your time but it is important to keep healthy and take some breaks. At the University of Newcastle, we offer a range of sport and recreation options that can be a great way to keep fit, make new friends and have lots of fun.

Here's what's on offer:

  • The Forum Sports & Aquatic Centre – Callaghan campus, with a 50-metre indoor heated pool; state-of-the-art gymnasium offering strength and cardio training; a cycle studio and a full program of group fitness classes; one of the highest climbing walls in Australia; and an indoor basketball court
  • The Forum Health & Wellness Centre – Harbourside in the Newcastle City precinct offers a range of group fitness classes, cardio and strength training, as well as personal training and access to a 25-metre heated pool
  • More than 20 sporting clubs
  • Sporting scholarships
  • Participation in the Australian University Games
  • Activities offered through Australian University Sport, the Australian Institute of Sport and NSW Institute of Sport
  • Six sporting fields for cricket, rugby union, rugby league, soccer, baseball, touch football and Ultimate Frisbee
  • A regional rowing pavilion at Berry Park on the Hunter River.

HDR Matters Newsletter

The HDR Matters e-newsletter is produced periodically to provide Higher Degree by Research (HDR) candidates, supervisors and administrators with updates about issues related to higher degree candidature. This will include details of upcoming events and opportunities for HDR candidates and supervisors, details of any changes to policies or procedures that HDR candidates and supervisors should be aware of, and tips and general information for candidates and supervisors. Please take the time to read the e-newsletter and share the information with others.

If there is anything that you would like to be included in a subsequent edition of ‘HDR Matters’ please email Sherelle Charge.

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