The University of Newcastle

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Where knowledge is created and shared

Built on the principles of equity, excellence and engagement, the University of Newcastle has a reputation as a world-class institution making an impact within its own region, throughout Australia and across the globe.

Our research is world-class and diverse. Our degree programs are internationally recognised and our partnerships and collaborations drive innovation. Our alumni are leaders and our students are preparing to make a difference in the world.

We are ranked in the top three per cent of universities world-wide and we have only just turned 50.

Meeting the education challenge

Our University has long been known as a champion of innovative approaches to education. We strive for a dynamic teaching culture that delivers world-class educational outcomes.

As competition for the best and brightest students increases, our long history of offering innovative, problem-based learning across our programs means we are poised to meet the education challenge.

Investing in research and innovation

We are a research intensive university and proud of the great things we have achieved in collaboration with our partners in industry, business, government and the community - here and around the world. Our sights are set firmly on the future, as we work hard to build our research capacity and maintain our position as a competitive destination for the world's best researchers and global innovation leaders.

Jobs at UON

A job at UON is an opportunity to make your mark.

By joining UON, you are joining a team that is centred on making a difference, not only on the global stage, but also nationally and in our local community. We create an environment where every employee has an opportunity to succeed and really make a stamp on their career and professional field.

This is a remarkable and exciting time to be part of UON. Every staff member has a role to play for us to reach our goals. Our NeW Futures Strategic Plan 2016-2025 maps out how we are breaking boundaries to keep up with the changing global landscape and cement our place as a world-class university.

We offer an extraordinary environment to push boundaries and take ideas forward. No matter your professional background, you will find a community of minds eager to work together to explore new ideas and continually improve the way we perform. UON is a place where we encourage innovation, celebrate achievement and reflect on our practice to ensure we are striving for excellence.

Every UON staff member has the chance to take their career forward. Our one-of-a-kind Leadership Framework provides a blueprint for how we can all build our careers and grow as leaders. Combined with a focus on your unique development needs, our people are well placed to be their best and meet the challenges of the 21st century.

We are developing the 'next generation' of higher education professionals that contribute services that go beyond support and enablement for academics; they challenge and inspire all of us. Our professional staff play an integral part in developing and delivering expertise, management, leadership and strategic services that are complex, rewarding and truly cutting edge.

We are pioneers in contemporary education committed to equity and excellence. As the largest provider of enabling programs in Australia, we support motivated and talented students to thrive in their field of study. We lead the sector in both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education and employment and almost half of the indigenous doctors in Australia graduated from UON. We also lead the way with integrated, practical and engaging teaching.

People who work at UON live in regions that are forging bright new futures. Our main campuses in Newcastle, Central Coast and Port Macquarie, as well as our regional locations – enjoy all the benefits of space with a wealth of wonderful opportunities on our doorstep – arts and culture, industry, infrastructure and stunning natural environments to explore. Our campuses in Sydney and Singapore offer the excitement and opportunities that come with being in some of the most vibrant and thriving cities in the world.

Your contribution to making us a world-class institution is recognised and rewarded in many different ways. Competitive salaries, formal awards programs, development opportunities and promotions are just the start. Our Healthy UON program looks after your physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing, our range of benefits allow you to enjoy a work life balance and we have a track record in equity and celebrating our diversity workforce including regular acknowledgement as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality.

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Hear from our staff about what sets us apart as an employer from others in the very competitive higher education sector.



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Key staff:

Professor Caroline McMillen

Vice-Chancellor and President



We are ranked 214 of the world's universities universities.

Our Engineering – Mineral and Mining discipline has ranked at top 30 in the world, for the second consecutive year, in the 2018 QS World University Rankings by Subject list.

The University has six subjects ranked in the world’s top 100 and an overall total of 15 subjects ranked in the world’s top 200. The University is ranked top 8 in Australia for research ‘well above world standard’ by Excellence in Research Australia, 2015.

Key facts:

Student enrolments: 37,035

Academic staff: 1,096

Professional staff: 1,626