The University of Newcastle, Australia

We are committed to supporting teachers, careers advisers and parents to assist high school students through an exciting, stressful and emotional time. So, to help we’ve put together some resources in one place so you can provide guidance and support to the students in your life.

These tools are designed to make the journey from high school and the HSC through to studying at university just that little bit easier.

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Key dates

Aug 28th Semester 2 - Census date

Last day to withdraw or drop a course without financial penalty.

Sep 14th Open Week Online

September 14th - September 18th

Sep 28th Semester 2 - Recess

September 28th - October 9th

Oct 5th Labour Day Public Holiday
Oct 12th Semester 2 - Resumes
Nov 13th Semester 2 - Concludes

Last day to drop a course without academic penalty

Nov 16th Semester 2 - Examinations

November 16th - November 27th

Dec 11th Semester 2 - Results released

Fully graded date

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Looking Ahead Lecture Series

Event • 25 Aug 2020 from 5:15pm - 28 Jul 2020 until 6:30pm

Better Healthier Living - Looking Ahead Lecture Series

Join Professor Frances Kay-Lambkin as she examines the impact bushfires, drought and COVID-19 have had on our mental health and how we build resilience as a community to withstand growing and continual challenge.

Illustration of a bee

Event • 29 Jul 2020 - 9 Sep 2020

Drawing Nature, Science and Culture: Natural History Illustration

Learn how to see and draw nature like an illustrator. Build observational and visual interpretation skills in an interactive and enjoyable way.


News • 29 Jul 2020

Vice-Chancellor updates University of Newcastle staff about savings measures

The University of Newcastle Vice-Chancellor Professor Alex Zelinsky AO today updated staff on measures to help our institution achieve financial sustainability amidst the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

News • 22 Jul 2020

New pathway will boost access and equity for aspiring Medicine students

A ground-breaking opportunity was announced today by the University of Newcastle for students who have overcome major life challenges to study Medicine.

News • 10 Jun 2020

University of Newcastle climbs into coveted Top 200 in the world rankings

In just one year, the University of Newcastle has climbed ten places to sit among the world’s Top 200 universities in the prestigious 2021 QS World University Rankings, results released today confirmed.

HSC Support

We’re here to support you during your HSC, to help you make a successful transition to university and to support you through your studies.

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