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Vice-Chancellor and President

Professor Caroline McMillen
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Campus locations

  • Newcastle (Callaghan)
  • Newcastle city
  • Central Coast (Ourimbah)
  • Port Macquarie
  • Singapore
  • Sydney

For over 50 years, the University of Newcastle (UON) has delivered education to students from diverse backgrounds, developed professional leaders, and harnessed the capacity of world-class research. 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.


UON is ranked in the top 250 universities globally by Times Higher Education and QS World University Rankings, and has 14 disciplines ranked in the world’s top 200 by QS.


Our degrees ensure graduates are globally competitive and career-ready. Approximately 95 per cent of our undergraduate programs include work-integrated and experiential learning. Our students voted us in the top ten of Australia’s universities for quality teaching, graduate satisfaction and developing skills valued by employers. 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 UON 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.