Enriching our regions
The University of Newcastle research priorities reflect the mission-driven issues we have the capacity, expertise and civic responsibility to address.
A focus on the future
Whether it’s improving the health of people and communities, forging new connections, unearthing renewable energy solutions or driving growth and investment across our regions – our researchers are working towards a healthier, sustainable and connected future.
Outcomes that matter to our communities and our world
Our Looking Ahead Strategic Plan outlines four Engagement Priorities that guide our research, education and partnership efforts. By leveraging our unique heritage – and our academic and research excellence – we will create the ultimate test bed for innovation.
Better, healthier living
We will deliver better health outcomes and contribute to improving the wellbeing of our communities.
The sperm discovery that’s set to both create and save lives
Aiding cancer research and helping to solve major issues with male fertility? It’s all in a day’s work for the humble sperm.
Concussion research proves game-changing
Considered one of Australia’s top concussion researchers, Associate Professor Andrew Gardner is leading one of the world’s largest longitudinal studies to help reduce the risk of concussive injury in sport and improve care for current and retired athletes.
How 57,000 women are shaping health policy in Australia
University of Newcastle researchers helped create the largest and longest-running women’s health study in Australian history. With more than 20 years of insights already in hand and a long track record of impact, the team received a major funding boost in late 2020 to keep the insights coming.
We will create a stronger, more inclusive society by collaborating with communities to build local capacity, social connectedness, and sense of belonging.
Australia's frontier violence exposed
Researchers have created a world-first digital map to expose massacres on Australia’s Colonial Frontier.
Tackling suicide rates in rural & remote Australia
The rate of suicide in rural Australia is growing more rapidly than that of our cities – and the more remote the community, the higher the suicide rate.
Virtual reality unearths ancient Indigenous artefacts
Modern technology is providing a glimpse into the world’s oldest surviving culture, with 3D digital scanning and virtual reality re-creating a 6,500-year-old archaeological site in Newcastle, Australia.
Next generation resources
We will bring the world closer to a sustainable future with solutions for the use of natural resources and the development of new energy technologies.
The next big thing in energy that’s already here – Hydrogen
Greenest ride? Why this hydrogen fuel produced from thin air and sunshine is sure to rev you up.
The missing block to build an all-renewable electric grid
A new type of thermal storage material, housed in blocks like LEGO®, could see coal-fired power stations converted to run entirely fossil-fuel free.
New tropical cyclone outlook model could save lives in the Pacific
People in Fiji, New Zealand, Solomon Islands, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Tonga and other island nations in the Southwest Pacific will have months more to prepare for tropical cyclones, thanks to a new outlook model published today in Scientific Reports.
We will harness our regions' innovative spirit and history of transformation to help grow our current industries and drive investment into future opportunities.
Collaboration across the defence and aerospace sectors
Not only do we have a breadth of research and teaching expertise, our location is ideal for pursuing close collaborations with the Hunter region's thriving and diverse Defence sector.
Food and Agribusiness Doctoral Training Centre established on the Central Coast
As the first centre of its kind on the Central Coast, the Food and Agribusiness DTC will provide a platform for inter-disciplinary research and training in an industry that has strong regional ties, and is committed to collaboration and innovation through education and research.
Hunter Region Nominated as a Hydrogen Technology Cluster
The Hunter Hydrogen Technology Cluster, as the only Regional Cluster for NSW, is supported by several local industry associations, businesses, TAFE and The University of Newcastle, and spans the Hunter, Central Coast and Orana regions of the state.
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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.