Research Support

Undertaking a higher degree by research program is a demanding enterprise. To make the most of your time at the University of Newcastle you should take full advantage of the academic, personal and technical support that is available to you.

Primary contacts

Your supervisor is your key contact throughout your degree. They will provide guidance on all aspects of your research. You will meet regularly with your supervisor to ensure you are making progress in your degree.

Each School appoints a Head of School Nominee, who is responsible for monitoring the general progress and welfare of research students in that academic area. Each School's contacts can be found on the list of responsible officers.

Graduate Research is your central point of contact for information and support on the administration and management of your research degree. As an enrolled student we will subscribe you to the HDR Matters newsletters so you can keep up-to-date with the latest news on Higher Degrees by Research.

Graduate Research welcomes visitors to our office for discussions regarding all aspects of the Higher Degree by Research journey.  Please note that appointments are essential for face to face meetings. Appointments can be made through the following link: Graduate Research Appointment. Please check in at NIER A Reception for your appointment

Graduate Research is located in the NIER precinct of the Shortland Campus. Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources (NIER). NIER is located at 70 Vale Street, Shortland (between the Callaghan Campus and the Shortland Waters Golf Club), or type 'NIER' into the University Callaghan Interactive Campus Map.

Research Computing

The University offers specilaist research computing support to enable powerful new and existing technologies to be applied across all stages of the research lifecycle, from data collection to analysis, processing, visualisation, and data publishing. HDR candidates have access to this support, which is delivered by the Academic Research Computing Support (ARCS) team.

For more information on how your research computing needs can be met, visit the Research Advantage page.


Please refer and subscribe to the Research Training Calendar to keep up-to-date on upcoming research training opportunities.

You will find a range of workshops and materials delivered by the Learning Design and Teaching Innovation team via your Blackboard homepage, which is accessed through UONline . Select ‘LEARNING DEVELOPMENT’ under ‘My Other Sites’ and look for resources and workshops available for research students.

If you or your supervisor believe that you would benefit from improving your English language skills you should approach the on-campus English Language Centre for more information on intensive courses and one-on-one programs.


The Library offers a dedicated Researcher Support service with advice and support for undertaking literature searches, systematic reviews, referencing, citation analysis, current awareness, promotion of research, and management of research data. They can also advise on choosing the right publisher, including how to avoid predatory publishers and which publishers offer Open Access publications. Contact your Faculty’s Research Liaison Librarian for more information.

Specialist Support

The university has a comprehensive program of support services available to all students, including the Careers and Counselling Services (including the After-Hours Crisis Support Line) and the Chaplaincy. There are tailored support services for international students, Indigenous students or those who require disability support.

As a postgraduate student, you are a member of the University of Newcastle Students' Association (UNSA). UNSA supports postgraduate students in a number of ways, including academic and skills-based workshops, social events, clubs and societies, providing a support network and important advocacy work.

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.