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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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Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

University of Newcastle teacher named Australia’s PR Educator of the Year

University of Newcastle teaching excellence is again in the spotlight with Communication Senior Lecturer, Dr Melanie James, named Australia’s “PR Educator of the Year” at the Public Relations Institute of Australia’s (PRIA) National Golden Target Awards held recently in Hobart.

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Senior Lecturer Dr James (Photo credit: UON)

Dr James, Deputy Head of the School of Design, Communication and IT said the result highlighted the calibre of the communication degree offered at the University of Newcastle (UON).

“This award recognises the innovative teaching practices applied to the teaching of PR and Communication subjects at UON, and strong track record of producing talented and successful graduates,” said Dr James.

Dr James said her teaching style encouraged students to gain valuable real-world insights to prepare them for a successful working life.

“My teaching philosophy centres on the view that teaching is not about delivering content but is the act of designing experiences that encourage and enable student learning.

“My teaching has always focused on providing opportunities for students to construct contextual meaning rather than focusing on students being passive receivers of information that I impart to them—a constructivist approach to learning,” said Dr James.

With experience working in senior management roles in strategic communication, government communication and public relations across a number of sectors, Dr James brings extensive professional expertise to the classroom.

The University of Newcastle lecturer has authored four books, numerous journal articles, book chapters and conference papers. Her most recent book, Positioning Theory and Strategic Communication: A new approach to public relations research and practice was published by Routledge in 2014.

The School of Design, Communication and Information Technology at the University of Newcastle brings together a range of disciplines across communication, design, information technology and natural history illustration that are at the forefront of today’s interconnected world.


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Thursday, May 21st, 2015

“Shake It Off” – University of Newcastle style

What do you get when you combine Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off,” 49 University of Newcastle animation students, and rotoscoping*?

Combine all the above ingredients and you get a loving homage to Taylor Swift’s video, with 2,767 hand-drawn frames. These four minutes of animation took four weeks to make—and is now going viral on YouTube.

Students from Visual Communications and Natural History Illustration were each given 52 frames of Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” and using the rotoscoping animation technique—the students took the footage and subverted it.

“The students really got into the process,” said Jane Shadbolt, Lecturer in the School of Design, Communication and IT. “Some of them loved the song, and others hated it, but all of them were able to bring their own unique interpretation to it. It’s a great way to get a feel for how animation is put together from thousands of frames and get a feel for how movement happens on screen.”

Students from Animation 1: Design from Animation learn about the principles and theory of animation practice, but not many have the chance to go viral.

When Jane Shadbolt shared the student video on YouTube it was so they all had the chance to see each others’ work and share it with their friends; however, in no time, the views started skyrocketing with viewers from around the world enthralled by this creative interpretation.

“Everyone is super excited to see their work being seen by so many people all over the world,” said Jane. “They all worked so hard on their individual frames to create each look it seems like a fantastic payoff for all that hard work. We’re all hoping Taylor Swift might see it!”

Animation is a relatively new subject at the University of Newcastle, which has been enthusiastically embraced by the students and staff.

“There is a tremendous amount of enthusiasm from the students to apply their design and illustration skills to both motion graphic and filmed animation and I think this is the beginning of some really exciting work from our animation students,” Jane said.

*Rotoscoping is tracing over live action footage. It’s been around since the beginning of animation and Disney used it extensively on Snow White,” Jane said.  “It can be used to give a real-life motion to animation or it can be a style all of its own. Richard Linklater also used the technique in his 2006 feature A Scanner Darkly.”

Master of Digital Media at the University of Newcastle

The Master of Digital Media has been designed to develop the digital media skills and knowledge of professionals in almost any field, providing a stepping stone to a new career or to enhance your current one.

You will explore this field through a range of progressive subjects including digital video, computer games design, internet communications, software engineering and much more. You will learn the latest techniques and information in digital design and production. It will enhance your knowledge and encourage and embrace your creativity, whist providing you with the practical skills to translate ideas to reality.

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Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

University of Newcastle “Uni Tune In” app

A free University of Newcastle app has been developed to help students improve their assignment and study skills at university.

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Check out the new Uni Tune In app

Uni Tune In features 17 short videos that focus on different academic areas including note-taking, understanding assessments and academic reading and writing.

Uni Tune In is free and available to download from the Apple App store.

The videos are integrated into the app so once it is downloaded no internet is needed to view the videos.

Uni Tune In was a collaborative effort between Erica Southgate, Suzanne Macqueen, Deb Bradbery and Jill Scevak from the Newcastle School of Education and Shamus Smith from the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

The project was supported by the Centre of Excellence for Equity in Higher Education through the Commonwealth Higher Education Participation and Partnership Program.

University of Newcastle School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

The School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. offers undergraduate and postgraduate study in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering, Telecommunications and Computer Science. In conjunction with the School of Engineering, the university also offers undergraduate study in Mechatronics.

These University of Newcastle programs are underpinned by some of the most exciting research in Australia. In the Australian Research Council 2012 research excellence ratings, Newcastle received a top rating of 5 (well above world standard) for Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

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Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

University of Newcastle technology to light up city

The University of Newcastle is helping to tell the tale of Newcastle’s oldest street, including convict gangs and bearded ladies pouring beers. These stories, along with those of local filmmakers, will light up the walls of Watt Street when City Evolutions launches next month. The project is a landmark contemporary art project and features a series of light installations using cutting edge interactive technology developed by students at the University of Newcastle.

City Evolutions will launch with a free street party on Friday, June 21 at 5 p.m. and will continue from sunset to 10 p.m. every night for a year – and students from the university’s School of Design, Communication and Information Technology will be there.

The University of Newcastle was selected from a range of submissions from artists and creative collaborators who were invited to submit proposals that took inspiration from the history of Watt Street – the stories, people and places that have shaped Newcastle as it is today, the university reports.

The University of Newcastle’s City Evolutions Project Leader, Chris Tucker, told the university that more than 20 academics and researchers from the schools of architecture, computer science, design, communications and IT had worked together to develop the technology.

Newcastle is an emerging creative, digital and technological hub and the university is very excited to be working together with the community to transform the city’s cultural and historical precinct,” Tucker told the University of Newcastle.

The art project not only features projected images, but also incorporates multi-media and viewer engagement aspects.

“Visitors will be able to play video games projected on Watt Street structures, such as the David Maddison building, using their smart phones and near field communications. This is similar to pay wave technology. All visitors need to do is tap their phones on the stickers at the site, download a game app and then play against each other,” Tucker told the university.

“People can also enjoy the nocturnal art gallery simply by walking down Watt Street, where motion detection systems will sense movement and trigger historical scenes and artworks in light along the buildings,” he told UoN. “While we reflect on where our city has come from, it’s appropriate that all parts of the community have worked on this project together to transform Newcastle East into a hive of night-time activity.”

Furthering the project’s interactivity, budding film makers are invited to be part of the exhibition and see their short films projected onto the façade of one of the buildings in the city centre, the University of Newcastle said. The theme for the competition is ‘the evolution of Newcastle’ – from how the city has changed over time and historic places to childhood memories or events that shaped the city, according to the university.

To enter, the university said anyone can upload a short film of less than 90 seconds (.mp4 format) to YouTube or Vimeo and email the URL to cityevolutions@ncc.nsw.gov.au and they’re in the running.  Entries close on Monday, June 17, 2013.

City Evolutions is an initiative of The City of Newcastle and Newcastle Now in partnership with the University of Newcastle, with funding support from the Department of Energy, Resources and Tourism and the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage.

The University of Newcastle School of Design, Communication and Information Technology is at the centre of new developments in delivering information and entertainment content through new means of delivery together with experience in utilizing existing technologies.


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Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Faculty of Science and Information Technology at the University of Newcastle

The Lonely Planet lists the city of Newcastle, Australia as being one of the top 10 best cities in the world. Set on a breathtaking stretch of Australia’s Pacific Ocean coastline, Newcastle is the only city in Australia where the central business district is positioned simultaneously on the beach and the harbour waterfront.

The Faculty of Science and Information Technology at the University of Newcastle provides study and research programs in fast-moving fields that make our world tick. Blending sciences, mathematics, IT, communication, and design, the faculty offers degree programs at a number of campuses. Wherever appropriate, these programs carry professional accreditation.

The Faculty of Science and Information Technology‘s main fields of study include

Award-winning staff with a professional outlook

The University of Newcastle has a commitment to the training and professional development of their staff. New academic staff are required to undertake professional training in tertiary teaching, and teaching performance and innovation is an aspect considered in promotion applications. Several of University of Newcastle teaching staff have won prestigious teaching awards, and non-teaching staff have won excellence awards for their role in the provision of outstanding student support services.

Global opportunities in research

Most academic staff at the University of Newcastle are active researchers, and many are leaders in their particular fields. Staff are encouraged to use results of their research to inform their teaching. In addition, students have the chance to learn alongside some of the world’s leading researchers. For example, many degree programs provide the opportunity for research project placements, in which students can study and work in research groups alongside researchers and on current important problems.

Schools and key areas


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