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Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

University of Newcastle opens NeW Space facility

The University of Newcastle’s (UON) $95-million NeW Space facility will soon be welcoming students and the community, with staff moving into the building last week.

Staff at NeW Space

Staff at NeW Space (Photo: University of Newcastle)

UON Vice-Chancellor Professor Caroline McMillen said this first stage in the transition of staff and students was an exciting milestone for the university.

“Over the past four years, we have watched this remarkable building take shape in the heart of the CBD, visibly transforming the Newcastle skyline and contributing to the renewal of our city and region,” Professor McMillen said.

“Opening the doors to our staff on Monday is a proud moment. While a building may have ‘great bones’ and a strong physical presence, it is the people who work and study there who will deliver the full potential of its design for the benefit of our community.”

UON’s Faculty of Business and Law and staff from the new School of Creative Industries will move into the city from Monday, with 320 staff working from the new city campus this week. Up to 3,000 students will study at NeW Space from the start of Semester 2, 2017.

NeW Space will deliver new academic and research programs in business, law and emerging fields including creative industries, innovation and entrepreneurship. The new campus will also play an important role in connecting the university with business, industry and community partners in Newcastle and the Hunter.

As part of NeW Space planning, the university has developed an integrated transport strategy to support students, staff and community members travel to and from NeW Space.

Transport options include new Callaghan-based park-and-ride facilities with over 300 parking bays available, a free UON-exclusive express shuttle bus service running every half hour during semester, and the introduction of a new Liftango ridesharing app to encourage ride sharing with 20 dedicated RideSharing car parks adjacent to The Conservatorium. One hundred fifty parking spaces with an independent parking operator have also been secured for staff and students in the CBD to support the university’s transition into the city.

University of Newcastle Chief Operating Officer, Nat McGregor, said the university also strongly encouraged active travel and public transport.

“We are actively encouraging staff and students to consider a range of travel options, including more sustainable modes of transport, such as walking, cycling and public transport,” he said.

“The university also continues to advocate for better and more frequent public transport options for our students and staff. We are working closely with transport providers and those that are responsible for planning the future transport strategies for the city and the region to facilitate further improvements to service provision.”

Independent analysis show that NeW Space will contribute $1.3bn in economic benefit to Newcastle and the Hunter, including almost $200 million during construction and a further $134 million annually flowing from the emergence of the CBD as a vibrant student hub.

NeW Space was supported by Australian Government funding of $30 million through the Education Investment Fund Regional Priorities Round, NSW Government funding of $25 million and an investment of $40 million from UON.

University of Newcastle Law School

Newcastle Law School will be moving to NeW Space, where law students will enjoy the highest quality social learning spaces, digital library services and information commons, collaborative learning and research spaces, and facilities for engagement with industry, business and the community.

Program: Juris Doctor / Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice
Location: Newcastle
Duration: 3 years
Intakes: February and July
Application deadline: Candidates are encouraged to apply a minimum of three months prior to the program’s start date.

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Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

University of Newcastle NeW Space planning application approved

The NSW Minister for Planning, the Honourable Pru Goward MP, announced in Newcastle that planning approval for the University of Newcastle‘s (UON) landmark urban facility, NeW Space, has been granted.

In the heart of the CBD, the $95-million NeW Space facility will deliver next-generation teaching and learning for UON students, and drive renewal in the city as part of a growing business and education precinct.

University of Newcastle Law School

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Acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor Andrew Parfitt, welcomed the announcement by the NSW Government and said it marked a significant milestone in the realisation of NeW Space and the city redevelopment.

“NeW Space is a transformational project for the university and our region. It will allow us to create technology-enhanced innovation in education, while supporting the city’s cultural and economic renewal and building a dynamic CBD,” he said.

NeW Space will provide a first-class headquarters for the University of Newcastle‘s Faculty of Business and Law. It will facilitate new academic programs and research that will develop the next generation of business leaders and lawyers and drive innovation and entrepreneurship in the heart of the city.

“Combining state-of-the-art technology and pioneering new programs that are strongly supported by links to key regional industries and the nearby legal precinct, NeW Space will produce a pipeline of business and law graduates equipped for careers of the future,” Professor Parfitt said.

With the development of the project now approved, NeW Space will also contribute significant economic benefits and employment opportunities to support the Hunter, including almost $200 million to the regional economy during construction and a further $134 million annually flowing from the emergence of the CBD as a vibrant student hub.

University of Newcastle Chief Operating Officer Nat McGregor said a smart, integrated transport solution involving new park-and-ride facilities, car-pooling schemes, bike parks and public transport solutions, would help students, staff and community members travel to and from NeW Space smoothly.

“We have been pleased with the support we have received for the UON transport solution during the development process, and we will continue to work collaboratively with the Newcastle City Council and NSW Government to deliver a world class educational precinct that will attract students from across Australia and beyond and engage with our local communities.”

Initial construction on the NeW Space development will begin later this year, with the city campus ready to be occupied by staff and students in 2017.

NeW Space is supported by Australian Government funding of $30 million through the Education Investment Fund Regional Priorities Round, NSW Government funding of $25 million and an investment of $40 million from UON.


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Monday, July 14th, 2014

University of Newcastle prepares NeW Space site

A traditional Aboriginal smoking ceremony was performed at the University of Newcastle‘s NeW Space site, as the project prepares to enter the next stage of development.

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Aboriginal smoking ceremony

The ancient custom involves burning various native plants to produce a cleansing smoke. It is culturally appropriate to conduct such a ceremony at an occasion where the state of the earth is changed, and as a celebration of new opportunities. It comes as mine rectification works are set to begin on the site.

The tradition connects participants to the spirit world, and symbolises peace, healing and justice and is performed by Aboriginal people with specialised knowledge.

The NeW Space precinct, due to open at the start of the 2017 academic year, will host a range of University of Newcastle-supported activities including

  • business and law programs
  • digital library services and information commons
  • collaborative learning and research spaces
  • facilities for engagement with industry, business and the community; and
  • social learning spaces.

NeW Space is supported by Australian Government funding of $30 million through the Education Investment Fund Regional Priorities Round, NSW Government funding of $25 million, and $40 million invested by the University of Newcastle.


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Monday, April 15th, 2013

University of Newcastle gets a $30-million boost in federal funding

A University of Newcastle city campus has been locked in with Australian Government backing of $30 million announced today, April 15, 2013 by the Federal Minister for Higher Education and Skills, Sharon Bird, and Member for Newcastle, Sharon Grierson.

University of Newcastle Vice-Chancellor, Professor Caroline McMillen, said support from the Australian Government through the Education Investment Fund (EIF) Regional Priorities Round was critical in moving the city campus project, called NeW Space, off the drawing board and into development.

“From the project’s inception our Federal Member for Newcastle, Sharon Grierson, has been a relentless and determined supporter to make the NeW Space Precinct a reality for the Hunter community,” Professor McMillen said.

“Investment by the Australian Government in the NeW Space Precinct will be the catalyst not only for the development of landmark facilities in Newcastle but also support the next generation of learners.”

NeW Space will be a 10,800-sqm technology-enabled precinct that will host a range of University of Newcastle-supported activities including business and law programs; digital library services and information commons; collaborative learning and research spaces; facilities for industry, professional and community engagement; and social spaces.

NeW Space will deliver state-of-the-art virtual and physical teaching and learning facilities 24/7 for our students, and technology-enabled amenities for our staff and the community,” Professor McMillen said.

NeW Space will be Newcastle’s space. For instance, our highly successful Legal Centre will be able to extend its valued support to more members of the community and the proximity to the new law courts will be a valuable asset for our students.”

Professor McMillen acknowledged the significant support the University of Newcastle had received for NeW Space across the whole Newcastle community to bring the project to fruition.

“The NSW Government has also committed $25 million to the development of NeW Space. The university is deeply grateful for the unflagging support of Tim Owen and his State colleagues, who have shared our vision by investing in the skills development of the Hunter region announced in 2011.”

Supporting the aspirations outlined in its NeW Directions Strategic Plan 2013 – 2015 in particular its education plan, the University of Newcastle will invest $40 million into the development of the NeW Space Precinct. Also, the EIF funding announced today will allow the university to redevelop existing facilities on its Callaghan campus for its enabling programs, which significantly build access and participation in higher education.

“The university is the largest provider of enabling programs in Australia. Through this additional government support, we will leverage our national position and build a world-class teaching, learning and research space dedicated to enabling students that delivers for both Newcastle and the sector,” Professor McMillen said.

About the University of Newcastle

The University of Newcastle is also known worldwide for its problem-based learning programs. Used mainly in the disciplines of architecture, building, health sciences, medicine and nursing, problem-based learning places students in small groups where they solve problems they are likely to face in their working lives. In other words, it gives a purpose to learning.

The University of Newcastle at Callaghan boasts one of the best campuses in Australia. Its 120 hectares (300 acres) of natural bushland—complete with Australian wildlife—at the city’s edge offers you peace and quiet—the perfect prerequisites for successful study.

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