About the School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Welcome to the School of Environmental and Life Sciences.

Using modern delivery methods, we educate undergraduates and mentor postgraduate research students. Taught by dedicated scientific thinkers, we ensure our students graduate with the practical and theoretical skills necessary to transition successfully to the workforce.

Our staff are highly trained researchers, many of whom are world leaders in their fields. They are recognised both nationally and internationally through collaborations with colleagues at industry and other institutions, focusing on current world issues to ensure the greatest impact and relevance of their efforts

    Ranked 25 ? in the world - Sports Science
    Top 200 ? in the world - Geography
    Top 250 ? in the world - Environmental Sciences
    Our researchers

      Welcome from Head of School

      Professor Sandy Steacy

      Head of School, School of Environmental and Life Science

      The School of Environmental and Life Science (SELS) offers a wide choice of undergraduate programs across many discipline areas, with programs hosted across two campuses - Callaghan and Ourimbah.

      Our academic staff are experts in their fields who are internationally respected and recognised. They are passionate researchers and teachers who seek to engage their students using modern practice and technologies, with much of their undergraduate teaching directly informed by their research work.

      Many staff work closely with industry and government partners to help find solutions to the many complex problems affecting society today. These connections afford students the opportunity to directly gain work experience with an employer during their studies, helping them to be more competitive for employment when they graduate.

      Your time within SELS will be professionally and personally rewarding and will allow you to build your skills and friendships for the future. Our staff are always willing to assist students with any issues they may encounter during their studies so please do not hesitate to make contact with us.

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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.