University of Newcastle (Australia)

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The University of Newcastle
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Coat of Arms of the University of Newcastle
Latin: Universitas Novocastrium
Motto I look ahead
Established 1965
Type Public
Chancellor Paul Jeans[1]
Vice-Chancellor Professor Caroline McMillen
Visitor Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO
Academic staff 967[2]
Admin. staff 1,477
Students 35,998
Undergraduates 23,301
Postgraduates 8,102
Other students 4,597
Location Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
32°53′34″S 151°42′16″E / 32.89278°S 151.70444°E / -32.89278; 151.70444Coordinates: 32°53′34″S 151°42′16″E / 32.89278°S 151.70444°E / -32.89278; 151.70444
Campus Urban
Colours Maroon and White
               
Affiliations Innovative Research Universities, Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, Association of Commonwealth Universities
Website www.newcastle.edu.au
University of Newcastle Logo.png

The University of Newcastle (UoN, informally known as Newcastle University) is an Australian public university established in 1965. The University's primary campus is located at Callaghan, a suburb of Newcastle, New South Wales. The University also operates from campuses at Ourimbah, Port Macquarie, Singapore and the central business districts of Newcastle and Sydney.[3]

Historically, the University of Newcastle Medical School has implemented the Problem-based learning system for its undergraduate Bachelor of Medicine programme – a system later mandated for use by the Australian Medical Council throughout Australia. It was also the university that introduced Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test (UMAT) in the early 1990s. UMAT has since been accepted widely by different medical schools across Australian as an additional selection criteria.[4]

The University of Newcastle is a member of Innovative Research Universities and the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.[5]

History[edit]

The origins of the University of Newcastle can be traced back to the establishment of the Newcastle University College at the Newcastle Technical College site on 3 December 1951.[6] The college was established under the authority of the then University of Technology New South Wales, which is now known as the University of New South Wales. At the time of its establishment the Newcastle University College had just five full-time students and study was restricted to engineering, mathematics and science.[7]

The university became autonomous through the University of Newcastle Act 1964 (NSW) which constituted the university on 1 January 1965 through a Proclamation of His Excellency the Governor of New South Wales. A document known as the University’s Grant of Arms is cited as being its very own Declaration of Independence.[6]

Each year the University’s student body celebrates autonomy day on 1 July. According to unverified sources the official autonomy of the University began on 1 January 1965 with a "symbolic ceremonial bonfire held at the site of the Great Hall".[6] This celebration is said to have been officiated by Professor Godfrey Tanner who is said to have poured wine libations onto the ground as to "sanctify the land upon which the University rests".[6] Since the university technically became autonomous on 1 January 1965 autonomy day should be held on 1 January. The 1 July actually coincided with the University of Technology New South Wales’s autonomy from the Public Service Board’s authority on 1 July 1954.[6] According to Don Wright, students interpreted Autonomy Day as celebrating the autonomy of the University of Newcastle from the University of New South Wales. The students were entitled to give the celebration whatever meaning they chose. The fact that they called it ‘autonomy day’ heightened the students’ sense of the importance of autonomy and their need to defend it against outside interference.[8]

In 1998, the University established a partnership with the Institut Wira, a Malaysian private business school. In 2002, Ian Firms, a lecturer, failed a large number of student papers from Wira for academic dishonesty, but his actions were reversed by the Newcastle administration and he was discharged. He then appealed to the New South Wales Independent Commission Against Corruption, which made a finding of corruption against Dr Paul Ryder, a failure by Vice Chancellor Roger Holmes in the execution of his duty and recommended disciplining the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Professor Brian English.[9][10]

In 2003, The University of Newcastle, together with five other Australian universities (Macquarie, La Trobe, Flinders, Griffith and Murdoch) established Innovative Research Universities Australia (IRUA).

Forty years after obtaining autonomy, The University of Newcastle has developed a reputed history in their national and international university standings; ranked in the 10–14 range of the 38 universities in Australia by the Shanghai Jiao Tong University and 215th in the world by the Times Higher Education Supplement in 2007.[11]

The university unveiled a new logo on 31 March 2007 as part of a brand refresh to better align the university's image with its new strategic direction.[12]

On 11 May 2007, the university launched a campus at the PSB Academy's two main campuses in Singapore.[13]

Faculties and schools[edit]

The Medical Sciences Building
Nursing Lecture Theatre near Hunter Building, Callaghan Campus (formally the Richardson Theatre)

The University offers certificates, diplomas and degrees through five faculties and twelve schools.

The University offers Indigenous studies through The Wollotuka Institute. Additionally, the English Language and Foundation Studies Centre provides tertiary preparation programs for both domestic and international students.

Campuses[edit]

The university offers online, face-to-face, or a mix of the two, with campuses at Callaghan, Ourimbah, Port Macquarie, Singapore and Sydney CBD. The university also has three premises within the Newcastle city centre.

Newcastle (Callaghan campus)[edit]

The Callaghan campus is the university’s main and largest campus. It is located in the Newcastle suburb of Callaghan situated approximately 12 kilometres (7 mi) from Newcastle CBD. The campus is placed on 140 hectares (346 acres) of natural bushland within which the university’s numerous buildings are located.[14] The land is traditionally owned by the Pambalong Clan of the Awabakal people,[15] a connection which has been developed by the University and is seen as a selling point for academics.[16]

Many of the university's operations are run out of the Callaghan campus, including student administration, course and degree program planning, and the university's Teaching and Learning division. All the major faculties are based on the campus. The campus also has access to the Auchmuty and Huxley libraries. Various other facilities are available on the campus, including several sporting fields, a sports and aquatic centre, and four on-campus residential colleges (Edwards Hall, International House, Evatt House and Barahineban).[14][17]

Central Coast (Ourimbah campus)[edit]

Ourimbah Campus is a cross-institutional campus with both the University of Newcastle, TAFE NSW – Hunter Institute, and the Central Coast Community College having a presence on campus.[18] It is located in the Central Coast suburb of Ourimbah. The Faculties of Business and Law, Education and Arts, Science and Information Technology, and Health all have a presence on the campus. In total they provide sixteen undergraduate degree programs and one postgraduate program, five of these are exclusive to the campus.[19]

Port Macquarie campus[edit]

The University of Newcastle has a presence on the TAFE NSW – North Coast Institute Port Macquarie Campus.[20] The university provides three degree programs at the campus, including one of the university’s enabling programs – Open Foundation.[21]

Singapore campus[edit]

The Singapore Campus is the university's first overseas campus, which includes both the Delta Campus and the Henderson Campus of PSB Academy in the Central Region (Tiong Bahru) of Singapore. This new campus covers an area of 19,000 square metres (204,514 sq ft) behind the Tiong Bahru Plaza.[22]

Sydney CBD campus[edit]

The University of Newcastle Sydney CBD campus provides a number of postgraduate degree programs from the Faculty of Business and Law and the English Language and Foundation Studies Centre. The campus is located in the Sydney CBD.[23]

Newcastle city precinct[edit]

The University of Newcastle also has a presence on three sites within the Newcastle CBD. The School of Music and Conservatorium is located in the Civic Theatre precinct, the School of Law, Legal Centre, and Graduate School of Business are located in University House, and the Newcastle Institute of Public Health is located in the David Maddison Building on the site of the Royal Newcastle Hospital. University House is a landmark Art Deco sandstone building directly opposite Civic Park.

GradSchool (Online)[edit]

GradSchool[24] is the University of Newcastle's dedicated hub for postgraduate coursework[25] students. Since 2001, GradSchool has been responsible for online learning, offering graduate students from around the world convenient access to more than 60 postgraduate qualifications delivered by the University of Newcastle. Online interaction is via “Blackboard”, a web based learning system which hosts our courses. Through Blackboard, communication is entirely online. Students interact with instructors and fellow students on discussion boards, submit assignments, view grades and check announcements. As is the case with on-campus study, online students have access to all University facilities such as online library resources and support tools, including over 300 information technology, management, interpersonal and professional development skills training courses.

Student body and organisations[edit]

In 2011, the University had a total enrolment of approximately 36,000 students, including over 7,500 international students from more than 115 countries.[2]

The university is recognised for its commitment to equity in education and consistently enrols more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders than any other Australian university. The university has also graduated more than 60% of the nation's indigenous doctors.[26]

Students at the Callaghan Campus of the university are represented by the Newcastle University Students' Association (NUSA), UoN Services Limited (UoN Services), Newcastle University Postgraduate Students' Association (NUPSA);[27] while students at Ourimbah Campus are represented by Campus Central.

UoN Services is responsible for the social life of the university, as well as most of the commercial facilities on campus. It organises all the main entertainment events, usually performed at the University's two licensed venues, the Bar on the Hill and the Godfrey Tanner (GT) Bar. Apart from student contributions (which have dropped significantly since the abolition of universal student unionism), the UoN Services generates income from the stores, restaurants and bars on the Callaghan and city campuses. UoN Services also funds the production of Yak Media. Yak Media includes Yak Magazine and Yak TV (formerly UTV).[28] Yak Magazine is a monthly publication run by an editorially independent student team. Yak TV is produced by a student media production team and reports on upcoming university events, gigs and services.

NUSA and NUPSA are primarily advocacy organisations, representing undergraduate and postgraduate students respectively on a variety of issues from political activism to the internal organisation of the University. NUSA also produces Opus, the University's magazine written by and for students.

Campus Central (Central Coast Campus Union Limited T/A Campus Central) is a single organisation looking after all the interests (commercial, sporting and advocacy) of students at the Ourimbah campus.

Facilities and services[edit]

Library[edit]

The University of Newcastle library consists of numerous libraries across a number of the university’s campuses. This includes The Auchmuty library, The Huxley library, The Ourimbah library and the City Precinct library. The largest of these libraries is The Auchmuty Library on the Callaghan campus which holds a significant traditional collection, including rare books and archives. In addition to The Auchmuty library, the Callaghan campus has a smaller secondary library known as The Huxley library. The Huxley library primarily supports a collection for a number of schools, including education, nursing, and fine arts. The Ourimbah library on the Central Coast campus holds a collection of both university and TAFE texts to facilitate the needs of the joint campus. An information common similar to the one located in the Auchmuty library is also available. The City Precinct library is also part of The University of Newcastle library.[29] The whole catalogue of the library is available across any of the libraries. The library is a member of the Council of Australian University Librarians. The University library also holds New South Wales state archives that have been held by the university since 1975. The state archives reside within the University Archives and consists of a collection of approximately 600 linear shelf metres.[30]

Sporting facilities[edit]

The university offers access to a number of sporting facilities across its campuses. The Callaghan campus has the majority of these facilities; this includes six sporting ovals,[31] squash & tennis courts, and a sports and aquatic centre. NUsport manages these facilities through an organisation known as "The Forum".[32] "The Forum Sports & Aquatic Centre, University" boasts an olympic-sized swimming pool, the second highest climbing wall in the southern hemisphere and various other sporting facilities.[33] It is also the site of training for sport teams including the Newcastle Knights from National Rugby League (NRL), the Newcastle Jets from the A-League and the Hunter Hurricanes National League Water Polo team. The Forum also has a centre near the Newcastle CBD known as "The Forum, Health and Wellness centre, Habourside".[34]

Rankings and reputations[edit]

Research produced by the Melbourne Institute in 2006 ranked Australian universities across seven main discipline areas: Arts & Humanities, Business & Economics, Education, Engineering, Law, Medicine, and Science. For each discipline, University of Newcastle was ranked:[35]

Discipline R 1 No. R 2 No.
Arts & Humanities 15 38 14 38
Business & Economics 20 39 26 38
Education 15 35 17 32
Engineering 8 28 7 28
Law 20 29 22 28
Medicine 10 14 10 13
Science 16 38 14 35
  • R1 refers to Australian and overseas Academics' rankings in tables 3.1 – 3.7 of the report.
  • R2 refers to the Articles and Research rankings in tables 5.1 – 5.7 of the report.
  • No. refers to the total number of institutions in the table against which University of Newcastle is compared.

Notable alumni[edit]

Coat of arms[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b "Annual Report 2011". The University of Newcastle. 30 April 2012. Retrieved 17 January 2013. 
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  34. ^ "The Forum, Harbourside". The Forum. Retrieved 2 August 2012. 
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