Humanities, Creative Industries, and Social Sciences is a highly diverse School. We teach and research in a range of disciplines, and our strategy is to capture the multidisciplinary potential and strengths of this breadth in our research and education portfolio, also looking outwards to our colleagues in health, STEM disciplines, and teacher education. Our seven multidisciplinary groupings aim to bring academic staff together to find creative connections between education, research and with community and industry partners. We play positively into College and University priorities and programs.

We are distinctive: we have an emerging identity as a provider of innovative undergraduate education via our BA online, and a positive program of Work Integrated Learning in all our degrees. Students have access to global mobility experiences outside Newcastle. We also collaborate with our partners across the spectrum of professions to drive innovations that contribute to the cultural and economic transformation of our regions. The future of work will rely on the skills we teach and that students are seeking to round out their portfolios for employment.

We have earned a strong reputation for delivering quality programs in the areas of creative industries. Our students – regardless of their primary program of study – have access to industry-standard facilities, while being taught by academics and creatives whose work is recognised and celebrated across the globe.

Our two specific focus areas are to:

  • attract, foster and support new research and teaching talent
  • drive strategic regional, national and international research initiatives to continue raising our profile in the sector

Welcome from the Head of School

Professor Catharine Coleborne

The School is home to an international academic staff, delivering comprehensive, inquiry-driven education across areas of social, cultural, political, economic, and global change.

Our degrees offer a vast range of teaching and research opportunities that contribute to the advancement of human understanding. We emphasise an active learning approach.

Developing opportunities for students to gain real-world experience during their studies remains our core focus.

Our vigorous research culture spans a wide variety of disciplines and has seen us advance our presence both locally and internationally through our research centres, disciplines and emerging research networks.

Our academics are engaged in world-class, high-impact scholarship in fields including Endangered Languages, the History of Violence, New Writing Newcastle, Youth Studies, Early Modern Studies, Digital Humanities, Gender and Sexualities Research, and Social Work research into Social and Youth Justice, Disaster and Resilience, Society, Health and Disability, Creative Industries, Audience Research, Cinema, Design and Animation research, and translational industry-based research through FASTLab.

Our staff are active contributors to The Conversation, and our school is home to Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career postdoctoral researchers, Future Fellows (past and present), research grant awards, and government-funded postgraduate students.

Our vision is for the University of Newcastle to be known for its contribution and excellence in the humanities, creative industries, and social sciences – complementing its strong distinction in science, engineering and medicine.

Our School provides a vibrant, welcoming, outward-looking and collaborative environment that features revitalised programs which are embedded with practical learning.

We look forward to seeing you.

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Top 150 ? in the world - Sociology
World Top 200 ? for English Language and Literature
Top 250 ? Top 250 in the world - Linguistics
Top 300 ? in the world - Social Sciences and Management
Top 300 ? in the world - Arts and Humanities
ERA 4 ? above world standard for Historical Research studies

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.