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Vice-Chancellor and 


Professor Caroline McMillen
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Campus locations

  • Newcastle
  • Newcastle city
  • Central Coast
  • Port Macquarie
  • Singapore
  • Sydney


Now, more than ever the world needs new. New thinking, new ideas, new approaches to face the challenges of tomorrow. The University of Newcastle is a place where our students and researchers are inspired to bring new into the world.

The University of Newcastle is ranked in the top 1% of universities globally by QS World University Rankings 2018, and has 13 disciplines ranked in the world’s top 200.

Our 2025 vision is to stand as a global leader, distinguished by a commitment to equity and excellence, creating a better future through innovation and impact.


For over 50 years, the University of Newcastle has specialised in delivering superior education to talented students from all walks of life. Our degrees are shaped around global learning, work placements and entrepreneurial approaches to study.

In the 2018 Good Universities Guide, the University of Newcastle achieved impressive five-star ratings for social equity, student retention, overall experience and learning resources. We’re a leader in Indigenous education through our work at the Wollotuka Institute.


Through our Creative Arts, Business, Law and Education (CABLE), STEMM Enterprises and Global Impact Clusters, our researchers work across disciplines to solve the world’s greatest challenges in the fields of Energy, Resources, Food and Water; Better Health and Healthcare; Future Industries and Strong Cities and Regions. We’re committed to gender equity and are proud to be among the first Australian universities to pilot the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) program.

We’ve established strong partnerships with government and industry to drive innovation across areas of national and global significance. Our flagship research institutes, the Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources (NIER) and the Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI) deliver cross-disciplinary research translated into word-class innovation.

The significance of our research is reflected in the Australian Government’s Excellence in Research Australia assessment, which awarded the University of Newcastle the highest possible ‘5’ rating across 22 research fields, placing us in the top eight Australian universities for research quality ‘well above world standard.’


We’re transforming our region with a $10 million Innovation Hub – a precinct for entrepreneurial leadership in traditional and emerging sectors; and the $95 million NeW Space – an education and research precinct.