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Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

University of Newcastle stands strong among the world’s best

The University of Newcastle continues to stand strong among the world’s best, ranking in the top 300 universities in the world, in the 2018 Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings.

University of Newcastle stands strong among the world’s best

THE World University Rankings (Image via: UON)

Now in their 14th year, the THE World University Rankings, evaluate universities worldwide across five key areas: teaching, research, citations, industry income and international outlook.

The 2018 THE ranking includes 1,102 of the world’s leading research universities, up from 980 from the previous ranking, and includes 67 universities not previously assessed.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Caroline McMillen said the independent ranking was an excellent achievement that reflected UON’s vision to stand as a global leader, distinguished by a commitment to equity and excellence, creating a better future for its regions through innovation and impact.

“Our performance in the 2018 THE World University Rankings is recognition of the hard work of our researchers, academics and professional staff in delivering superior education and world-class research and innovation that creates new thinking, new ideas and new breakthroughs, not just in Australia, but around the world.

“We are also delighted the University of Newcastle’s reputation for delivering specialised degrees, shaped around global learning, work placements and entrepreneurial approaches to study has been acknowledged.”

UON also performed strongly in the categories “industry income,” which measures the level of engagement between academics and their industry partners; and “international outlook,” the proportion of international students and staff, as well as international research collaborations.

“We’re proud that today’s THE World University Rankings recognise our many strengths and place UON among the world’s best.”

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Friday, September 23rd, 2016

Newcastle visual communications student draws interest from Nickelodeon

University of Newcastle animation student has been hand-picked from more than 900 international entries to produce an animated film for children’s television network Nickelodeon.

Dan Smith, a third-year Bachelor of Visual Communication Design student, will move to Melbourne to work with a prestigious animation studio to complete his short film, titled Blair and the Sea Pancake.

Newcastle visual communications student draws interest from Nickelodeon

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“I still can’t believe my work has been chosen. My film is about a pair of loose-cannon larrikins, one human and the other a stingray, who bumble through life together,” he said.

Mr Smith’s project is the result of his entry into the 2016 Nickelodeon Animated Shorts Program earlier this year. Participants were invited to develop a storyboard aimed at a young audience and nominate a production studio they would like to work with to bring their idea to fruition.

Mr Smith’s Melbourne-based collaborators remain a secret to the outside world, but he revealed they are a company he had admired for some time.

“I couldn’t be more excited to bring my idea to life with the help of a studio I really respect.

“I’ll be working alongside some of the leaders in the industry and will be able to learn from the best. The experience will be invaluable,” he said.

Dan Smith won the Newcastle International Animation Festival Animate Daniel Johns competition in 2015. His work was selected by musician Daniel Johns (former Silverchair frontman) as part of the official music video for his song “Going on 16.”

“Winning the Daniel Johns competition opened up some great new doors for me. As a result, I’ve had the opportunity to work on other awesome projects like Sesame Street,” he said.

Although Mr Smith’s time at University of Newcastle is coming to an end after graduation, he said he is thrilled to have started his career in Newcastle.

“The best thing about studying at UON is the work I’ve had the opportunity to be involved in. Newcastle is attracting hordes of creatives, which means I’ve been able to work on huge projects from a relatively small place.

“The bottom line is it doesn’t matter where you’re based, animation has the power to open up awesome doors and I’m so excited about where this path is leading me,” he said.

Dan Smith hopes his work with Nickelodeon will lead to assisting on further projects with the international company. Blair and the Sea Pancake will be produced by the end of 2016 to be released in 2017.

Visual communication design at the University of Newcastle

Visual communication design, incorporating graphic design, is an exciting, evolving, diverse and growing area of specialisation which brings together information from various sources into a visually dominant form. Advances in communication technology, such as those provided by the web and mobile devices, are increasing the opportunities for designers in order to keep up with the ever-growing demand for visual stimuli.

When you study visual communication design at the University of Newcastle, you engage with international designers and educators whose range of expertise cover recognisable specialist areas such as graphic design, advertising, animation, illustration and web design. While studying a Bachelor of Visual Communication Design you will develop a breadth of multi-platform skills that will allow you to provide visual solutions for all sorts of client requirements.

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Friday, August 12th, 2016

Heading to New South Wales as an international student? This is for you!

Are you a future University of Sydney, University of Newcastle, or Macquarie University student?

Heading to New South Wales? This is for you!

Sydney Harbour Bridge

StudyNSW is excited to announce a new partnership with Service NSW offering dedicated and centralised information and referral advice to international students in New South Wales: the NSW International Student Support Service.

Service NSW delivers a broad range of transactions on behalf of the NSW Government.

International students can contact Service NSW via a 24/7 contact centre (13 77 88) , a website (www.service.nsw.gov.au), and service centres located across Sydney and NSW to undertake a range of everyday transactions such as applying for or transferring a driver’s licence or ordering an Opal card. Students will also be able to access referral information on support services provided by government agencies like NSW Fair Trading, the Overseas Student Ombudsman, NSW Police, the Fair Work Ombudsman and non-government organisations such as Redfern Legal Centre who provide free legal advice for international students in NSW.

International students can also access free verbal interpreter services if required, provided by the Translating and Interpreter Services (TIS) and funded by StudyNSW.

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

UON receives million-dollar investment for regional incubator spaces

The University of Newcastle (UON) has received $1 million in New South Wales state funding to support the development of an Integrated Innovation Network across the Hunter regions.

UON receives million-dollar investment for regional incubator spaces

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Announced recently by The Hon John Barilaro MP, the Boosting Business Innovation grant will help UON to create enabling environments where researchers, start-ups and SMEs can undertake multi-disciplinary collaboration and produce the next generation of entrepreneurs.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Kevin Hall said the grant would help kick start a networked innovation ecosystem across the region.

“This Boosting Business Innovation grant allows us to fast-track our plans for an Integrated Innovation Network in the Hunter, providing some of the key physical pieces of the enabling infrastructure our region needs to support and nurture an ideas boom,” said Professor Hall.

“Around the globe we are seeing that the best innovation ecosystems are those where new industries and opportunities are delivered through collaboration between research, industry, business, community and government partners,” said Professor Hall.

UON receives million-dollar investment for regional incubator spaces

Image credit: University of Newcastle

UON will anchor its entrepreneurial activities at key regional locations through five sub-projects:

Three76 (Newcastle Innovation Hub)

An innovation hub will be developed at 376 Hunter Street to provide a dynamic, co-working space designed to support activity across the various phases of incubation, acceleration and potential commercialisation. The Innovation Hub is due to launch in September 2016 and will draw on UON’s proud history of world-class research and innovation to facilitate the creation of novel products and services that benefit business and the community. Programming will be developed in consultation with stakeholders including students, local businesses and industry partners.

Innovation Defence Hub

UON will occupy a fit-for-purpose space at the Williamtown Aerospace Centre from mid 2017. Aimed at innovating research technology applications in the commercial aerospace and defence markets, the hub builds on UON’s acknowledged strengths in cyberspace, control systems, autonomous vehicles, simulation modelling and propulsion and energy storage, all of which offer opportunities for engagement with industries nationally and locally positioned in defence.

Upper Hunter Innovation Hub

An Upper Hunter Hub will be established as a co-location of office, teaching and lab spaces aimed at supporting the diversification goals of the Upper Hunter and its potential to transition into an innovation intensive region. The Hub will help to foster an innovation ecosystem that adds capacity for existing industries and becomes an enabler for the new.

Dantia Smart Hub (DASH)

In collaboration with Dantia, UON will develop innovation and entrepreneurial programming at the Lake Macquarie DASH co-working space and provide opportunities for SMEs to scale up their existing products and services and help to drive start-up activity in the local government area.

Innovation Vouchers

An Innovation vouchers program will leverage UON’s existing tech transfer expertise and longstanding relationships with the local start-up and seed investor community to create partner-led projects to complement the above innovation spaces.

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Thursday, July 14th, 2016

UON Watt Space gallery wins best regional NSW project

The University of Newcastle (UON)’s Watt Space gallery has taken out the prestigious Blacket prize, which recognises the best architectural projects in regional New South Wales.

UON Watt Space gallery wins best regional NSW project

UON Watt Space gallery (Photo: UON)

The win was announced at the 2016 Architecture Awards in Sydney, where the Watt Space gallery also received an award in the small project architecture category and was officially shortlisted for the public architecture category.

Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) Professor Andrew Parfitt, said the win was a testament to the role Watt Space gallery would play in the revitalisation of Newcastle CBD, as well as the impact the space would have on the city’s creatives.

“Watt Space gallery is a vital space within our city, as it provides a unique opportunity for emerging artists to showcase their works in a new and innovative environment which has had a profound impact on the city centre,” he said.

“Our students and alumni are some of our greatest assets, and the University of Newcastle is proud to be able to provide a space for them to explore their ideas and embrace their creativity.“

The Blacket prize was introduced in 1964 as a way to recognise outstanding construction projects outside of Sydney. University of Newcastle buildings have received the award four times in the past:

1967 – Shortland Union Building by Anchor Mortlock, Murray & Woolley
1969 – Staff House (Isabellas) by Anchor Mortlock, Murray & Woolley
1995 – Design Faculty Building by Stutchbury & Pape
2003 – Birabahn Centre – Richard Leplastrier, Peter Stutchbury & Sue Harper
2016 – Watt Space Gallery Refurbishment – Andrew Donaldson Architecture & Design

Watt Space re-opened its doors in November 2015 on the ground floor of Northumberland House, on the corner of Auckland and King Streets in Newcastle’s CBD after undergoing refurbishment. It was previously located at University House on Auckland Street.

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Thursday, June 16th, 2016

Newcastle School of Nursing and Midwifery raises funds for sick children

The Newcastle School of Nursing and Midwifery has again raised additional funds for the Fairy Garden project at Lampang Hospital in Thailand, a project they helped open in 2012.

The Fairy Garden is a haven for sick children and their families as they cope with the stress of illness. Initially installed at John Hunter Hospital in one of the hospital’s courtyards, it proved so popular that planning began for one in Thailand.

Newcastle School of Nursing and Midwifery raises funds for sick children

UON volunteers help raise funds for sick kids (Photo: UON)

A group of Australian volunteers, including Associate Professor Pamela van der Riet, began planning in 2010 with the garden officially opening in April 2012. Delegations from UON have visited Lampang Hospital every year since, and are part of an increasingly international focus for the School of Nursing and Midwifery.

With the latest group of 12 students departing in the second week of June for a two-week study tour, their visit coincides with fundraising efforts at Callaghan, Ourimbah and Port Macquarie as part of recent International Nurses Day celebrations, with almost $2,000 raised.

While the student trip is covered by the Federal government’s New Colombo Mobility Program Plan, the Fairy Garden relies on community funding to sustain operations, which staff and students have continued to do since its opening.

Dr Van der Riet says that trips like these immerse students in the Thai system to teach the sorts of cultural sensitivities that help nurses in a multicultural nation such as Australia. Researchers are also discovering that these types of “healing environments” are having a tangible impact on the health of patients.

Dr Van der Riet has been lead author on two recent nursing journal articles written with her Thai colleagues on the experiences of families using the Lampang garden, with visible improvement to the quality of life for sick children. With many of the children suffering chronic diseases such as leukemia and other life-threatening illnesses at the hospital, having the only green space that exists in Lampang hospital available for children helps alleviate the stress of long-term stays.

University of Newcastle Nursing School

The University of Newcastle Nursing School has an innovative approach to undergraduate and graduate teaching, and enjoys close collaboration with local area health services in providing clinical learning experiences for students, in the provision of graduate programs and in the conduct of clinical research. The school strives to prepare and develop nurses to function in a wide range of clinical settings, occupational health facilities and rehabilitation services.

Program: Bachelor of Nursing
Location: Newcastle, New South Wales
Semester intake: February
Duration: 3 years
Application deadline: While there is no set application deadline candidates are encouraged to submit their applications before the end of September for the February intake.

Apply to the University of Newcastle Nursing School!

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Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

Newcastle student’s drone delivery video makes a real splash

University of Newcastle student Matt Evans thought it’d be a laugh to deliver a few coffees and donuts to surfers on Crescent Heads. He didn’t realise it would become a social media sensation.

When Matt uploaded a one-minute video of a drone delivery of two coffees, two donuts and a caramel tart to a bunch of surfers hanging outside the swell to his Facebook page, Matt was stunned to see how quickly the views rose.

Newcastle student’s drone delivery video makes a real splash

Matt Evans preparing the drone for delivery (Image credit: Matt Evans)

A little over 48 hours after he posted it, the video had racked up over 60,000 views and climbing.

“It’s gone crazy,” Matt said. “Because I do wedding videos I was expecting it to get around 2,000 – 3,000 views. Within the first hour it picked up a lot quicker than others had and it just kept climbing.”

The third-year Bachelor of Communication student only bought his drone in March so it’s impressive that he’s not only using it to capture glorious footage but to deliver a caffeine hit to surfers who are more used to catching waves than donuts.

A day that Matt had set aside for working on his major project was dashed when media outlets saw the rapidly climbing views of his Facebook video.

A radio interview, TV interview and newspaper interview followed….

On March 1 Matt posted his first drone footage of beaches of his hometown at the Central Coast on his Facebook page. “I’d wanted to buy a drone for about a year, my first footage shot with the Phantom 3 made it all worthwhile.

Matt’s already had media success with his videos. Six months ago Matt’s short Before the Camera Goes Click a study of filmmaker and photographer Matthew Vandeputte was featured on ABC Open and broadcast to an international audience on the web.

And in case you’re wondering—the drone delivered a plastic bag to the surfers and then took away all the rubbish afterward.

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Learn more about how you can study communication and information technology at the University of Newcastle! Contact OzTREKK Australian Information Technology Schools Admission Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com.

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

University of Newcastle PhD candidate wins emerging researcher award

The Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) has presented its 2016 Emerging Researcher Award to Li Keng Chai, who is an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) and PhD candidate at the University of Newcastle.

Ms Chai received the award for her research examining the differences between the dietary intakes of young children aged 2 – 3 years and the Australian nutrition recommendations, for that age group, of the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating (AGHE).

UON PhD candidate wins emerging researcher award

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The award, for the best research article from a first time author in DAA’s journal Nutrition & Dietetics, was announced at the Association’s National Conference in Melbourne.

Ms Chai’s research found that no child achieved all targets set by the AGHE, with the majority of children consuming only half of recommended servings for breads/cereals and for vegetables.

She also found young children were taking in around 50 per cent more dairy servings and 30 per cent more fruit servings than the AGHE recommends.

Despite dietary intakes not meeting AGHE targets, Ms Chai’s analysis found a variety of dietary intakes still allowed children to meet recommendations for individual vitamins and minerals. Her research showed children also met requirements for carbohydrate, protein and fat, although nearly all exceeded recommendations for saturated fat intake.

“Healthy eating in childhood is essential to provide energy and nutrients for growth and development and to reduce the risk of chronic disease later in life. The AGHE outlines a dietary intake pattern that meets vitamin, mineral and macronutrient recommendations. But my research shows there are alternative dietary patterns that are also able to meet the requirements of this age group,” said Ms Chai.

“Nutrition recommendations are based on the best evidence currently available, providing a framework for healthy eating. Ms Chai’s research will help to build knowledge and potentially shape future nutrition guidelines,” said DAA President Liz Kellett.

According to Ms Kellett, Ms Chai was the standout applicant when assessed against the award criteria of research quality, clarity of communication, and potential contribution to health/advancing the evidence base in nutrition and dietetics.

“I am very delighted to receive this award from the DAA. This recognition would not have happened without the continuous support from my dedicated colleagues and supervisors. It’s a great pleasure for our research to be honoured by the peak organisation of dietetic and nutrition professionals. This award has given me a great deal of confidence to produce more high-quality research,” said Ms Chai.

DAA’s Emerging Researcher Award is proudly supported by the Nestlé Nutrition Institute. Ms Chai will receive a cheque for $1,000 and a complimentary pass to the DAA National Conference.

School of Health Sciences at the University of Newcastle

The School of Health Sciences at the University of Newcastle excels in the teaching and learning of allied health professionals, and offers study with a strong clinical focus in the eleven health professions represented within the school.

The school has specialized teaching laboratories for programs at both the Newcastle and Central Coast campuses. Students learn and refine their practical skills required for professional practice in these laboratories prior to undertaking clinical or other professional placements.

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Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

University of Newcastle welcomes NSW Government support for Central Coast health and well-being precinct

The University of Newcastle (UON) has warmly welcomed the NSW Government’s announcement that it has earmarked $20 million for new health and medical education and research facilities for the Central Coast.

With partners, the university will continue to work with the Commonwealth to secure the balance of the required investment. If funding is secured, the transformational project will create a new centre of excellence in Gosford that will be regionally focused, and globally engaged.

University of Newcastle Nursing School

Learn more about nursing and health sciences at the University of Newcastle

The proposed new Precinct will contain a Central Coast Medical School—based on UON’s existing medical school—and an affiliated Health and Medical Research Institute on the site of the redeveloping Gosford Hospital. These new facilities would deliver up to $72.5 million of capital investment to the Central Coast, and be a catalyst for enhanced integrated healthcare, research and innovation, and new opportunities for the whole region.

The project’s benefits include

  • economic impact of $209 million for the regional economy over 10 years.
  • 765 new jobs for the Central Coast.
  • a brand new health and medical education and research precinct delivering new regionally trained doctors, nurses and allied health practitioners.
  • a major boost to the Coast’s knowledge economy, retaining and attracting investment and talent to the region.

Reflecting on the University of Newcastle’s commitment to allocate 30 of its existing medical places to the project, and to invest up to $20 million capital, UON Vice-Chancellor Professor Caroline McMillen said the project was a boost for the Coast.

“We are delighted to welcome the NSW Government’s support for this project. UON has been the Central Coast’s university for 27 years, and we remain committed to building opportunity and driving innovation in the region.

“This new proposal is distinctive because it can deliver outcomes and benefits quickly: no new medical places are required, and UON already delivers excellent medical, nursing and allied health programs and conducts world-class research,” said Professor McMillen. Federal Member for Robertson, Lucy Wicks MP, who has championed the project, said the announcement was fantastic news.

“I’ve been fighting for funding for two years for this medical research institute and medical school in Gosford. I’m so delighted the NSW Government has delivered,and I will keep fighting, whether it takes one year or 20 years, to see this opportunity become a reality.”

“This is about creating a region of world class excellence, aspiration and innovation on the Central Coast,” said Ms Wicks.

UON is ranked in the top 300 universities worldwide, and in the top 8 universities in Australia for funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). UON’s nursing discipline was ranked in the top 100 by QS World University Subject Rankings 2016.

University of Newcastle Nursing School

The University of Newcastle Nursing School has an innovative approach to undergraduate and graduate teaching, and enjoys close collaboration with local area health services in providing clinical learning experiences for students, in the provision of graduate programs and in the conduct of clinical research. The school strives to prepare and develop nurses to function in a wide range of clinical settings, occupational health facilities and rehabilitation services.

Program: Bachelor of Nursing
Location: Newcastle, New South Wales
Semester intake: February
Duration: 3 years
Application deadline: While there is no set application deadline candidates are encouraged to submit their applications before the end of September for the February intake.

Apply to the University of Newcastle Nursing School!

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Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

University of Newcastle Vice-Chancellor and President reappointed

The University of Newcastle’s Chancellor, Mr Paul Jeans, is pleased to announce that the Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Caroline McMillen, has been reappointed until October 2019.

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Caroline McMillen (Photo: UON)

The UON Chancellor said the reappointment was an important step in continuing the momentum built in recent years under Professor McMillen’s leadership.

“Caroline’s vision and determination has seen the University’s identity grow as a world-class institution and has firmly marked UON as a leader in equity, indigenous education, regional transformation and global research,” said Mr Jeans.

“With a degree of uncertainty facing the Higher Education sector, it is important for the university to continue to build on the strong foundation of the last 50 years, while driving a bold and inspiring future for our regions and beyond.”

“We have a strong decadal strategic plan, New Futures, and under Caroline’s leadership and guidance, our focus is on delivering the outcomes to ensure the long term success and sustainability of the University of Newcastle.”

“The University of Newcastle will continue its commitment to equity, great teaching and learning, to produce work-ready graduates, innovators and entrepreneurs, together with leading edge research and innovation which will enhance the economic and social well-being of the communities we serve. We will also continue to expand our international outreach in both education and research.”

The University of Newcastle’s Vice-Chancellor and President said she was proud to have led one of the country’s top-ranked research-intensive universities and was committed to realising the university’s 2025 vision.

“We have a clearly defined vision which builds on our remarkable DNA and on our role as a global leader. UON is distinguished by our commitment to equity and excellence and the creation of a better future for our regions through world-class innovation and impact,” said Professor McMillen.

“There are challenging times ahead and UON has a vital role to play in transforming the future of our regions, Australia and the world.”

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