University of Newcastle

Engineering Building, University of Newcastle Australia.

Engineering Building. Photo credit: Mars Building

The University of Newcastle is the main uni for Newcastle, a city of around half a million people located 160 km north of Sydney. The Callaghan campus is set in bushland 12 km from the city centre. The uni is research-intensive and comfortably ranks in the top 500 in world rankings. If you've attended Newcastle Uni, feel free to post a student review and share your experiences.

Newcastle Uni Rating

User Rating 2.8 (70 votes)
Comments Rating 2.58 (12 reviews)

Student Reviews

27 Responses

  1. Art Vandeley
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    Waste of 3 years and $20,000

    Go elsewhere.
    I’m a current student in the final year of my degree and I still have no clue what I’m doing. You’ll be assigned work you’ve never been taught and then be graded on it.
    I honestly believe I could have received a better overall education in my field by using free online resources for 6 months than I have in the almost 3 years I’ve been here.

    I now have a student debt and I’m nowhere near prepared for a job in my field. I completed a TAFE module that was field adjacent and it was MUCH, MUCH better than anything UON offers.

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  2. Beyonce
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    Gets the job done

    The student administration and trying to get anything done (including answers to seemingly straight-forward questions) is a right nightmare and you will always be given the run-around.

    The units themselves aren’t academically vigorous, the money seems to be funnelled into new & shiny buildings rather than promoting an active academic community – to be fair, this criticism could be said for most unis in Australia.

    I’ve found other universities to be much more responsive and take a service-oriented approach to interacting with students. This may not be important to all students, but I value this.

    Overall, I’m only studying here because it was the cheapest and quickest degree for my particular course.

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  3. Robyn
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    Love UON

    I have been at UON on and off for the past 5 years – and I love this uni. I have tried other unis – but so far nothing comes close to the course quality here. Will definitely continue my postgrad here.

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  4. Anne
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    Go anywhere bit UoN for nursing

    Steer way clear of UoN for a nursing degree. Course material is rehashed year after year; school of nursing is ludicrously disorganised & any practical in “labs” is a complete & utter waste of time in preparation for clinical placement. Majority of nursing faculty staff do indeed eat their young & seriously do not care if students pass or fail.

  5. Bunyip
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    Overall very good

    Current student – just completed 1st year and am largely happy so far. This is my third degree at my 3rd institution and overall I think UON is solid (Health Sciences area). I really like how both staff and students are completely unpretentious. Online stuff is easy to navigate – online lectures, tutes, making a study group, enrolling, checking marks, paying fees, etc. All of that is super easy to do.

    Regards the education, I think the staff are under a lot of pressure but most of them try super hard to put on a good course. If you’re coming to UON to study in a health discipline, ime, any course with a HUBS prefix is a total monster and prepare yourself to put in well beyond 10hrs per week study time. Other courses are more manageable so far.

    I would say there are a few things that could be done a little better – e.g. timetabling, administration within my particular degree, etc., but it’s mostly only small stuff. The timetabling is a bit thoughtless tho, that’s my biggest gripe given campus is a long drive from home.

    They’ve done a very good job of managing classes and exams etc. throughout the whole covid malarkey.

    Overall I’m very satisfied.

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  6. Lachlan
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    Surveying Degree @ UON

    People contemplating Bach of Surveying (Hons) checkout RMIT, even if it’s online.. At least the courses are relevant.. UON is 50% civil engineering. You’ll graduate nowhere near industry ready.

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  7. Zzzzz
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    Has its problems, but overall things were good.

    As a Newcastle native, and due to my familial situation, this was the only university I could attend. I received a Certificate and a Bachelor’s Degree from UON after 8 years of part time on campus study. I studied mostly Business, Economics, Finance, and Mathematics. Economics and Mathematics were fairly good courses, about half of my lecturers were very good, the other half very average. As a student at UoN you will be able to enjoy the fantastic campus, and you will spend a hell of a lot of time teaching yourself content in order to pass exams. I met some nice and interesting people in my time, and even ended up working as a tutor on the campus (at the request of one of my math lecturers, as I had performed well in his courses). A lot of staff at the campus have the old-boys notion of “you’ll sink or swim”, meaning they don’t care if you pass or fail, they don’t see it as their job to ensure you pass, on lecturer I had told us he was happy to fail students as it made his course look more prestigious to pass.

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  8. Bon Arribas
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    UON=Excellent in all aspects of the Master if Studies program

    I recently completed my Master of Studies candidacy via online delivery. I loved every aspect of the UON experience. Let me elaborate a bit:

    1 Teaching Staff-very supportive. If you have a query and ask them either by direct email or UON’s online learning system Blackboard, they will respond to you in a timely manner.

    They are also very understanding. For example, if there are temporary glitches with the online system (let’s be realistic, in any environment technical glitches happen. How about the normal wi-fi glitch at your home as an example?) They would extend and amend teaching plans to be fair to students.

    2. Subject content-very relatable and applicable in the real world. What’s more, the subjects, aside from the core 4, are yours to pick, with the possibility if specialising.

    3. And finally, as a whole, the online experience is very interactive. Even with students now officially done with the trimester and we have never actually physically met, we have each other’s contacts for opportunities to meet should we chance upon each other professionally or socially. This applies within NSW, interstate, or internationally. This is networking 101!

    In summary, I am delighted and honoured to officially be an alumnus 👨‍🎓 of UON!

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  9. NC
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    Engineering - no

    I spend more time looking at other university notes and youtube. It appears to be the standard for engineering.

    Worst knowledge sharing experience.

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  10. Podgirl
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    Podiatry student Ourimbah campus


    I attend their Ourimbah campus.

    Their podiatry degree is FANTASTIC.

    Every single lecturer has been amazing. They are all accomplished but they are also good at the delivery side. They are all good lecturers.

    A few were also incredibly nice people.

    I believe that while some degrees at Callaghan campus may suck and be a national disgrace- that not ALL their degrees suck!

    Ourimbah campus seems to have much better feedback. The oral health and podiatry departments are all rated highly…

    It’s under funded and the parking and computers aren’t great. But the actual degree, as well as the lecturers and the way the material ia delivered is amazing for the podiatry degree.

    Some of the lecturers really, really cared and were so interested in their area they lectured in!

    Lecturers always answered student emails promptly too.

    Oh- and it is a beautiful campus!

  11. woony
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    The Grad school online courses are absolute rubbish. For something delivered 100%, there’s readings that are not provided, course material not available online and the method of teaching is outdated and just an overall terrible experience. I will be transferring out to a decent uni with lecturers that are contactable and actually want to help people learn

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    • Anon
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      Sadly I share your experience! Thank you for sharing your views because I thought was expecting too much from an online masters program.

  12. x
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    Go Elsewhere

    UON Law is rubbish. Once it was the leading clinical program in the country. Now I am being taught mostly by people who don’t know what the law is. The last Dean was APPALLING. The courses are all over the place. I am transferring out.

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    • ajy
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      I was considering their JD because of the integrated PLT component for 3 years, would it be a mistake to turn down my USYD or UTS offers?

  13. Gurmeet
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    My study is going to finish and m doing MBA … I love the campus facilities … whenever i need some help regarding my study … course coordinator always with me… I dont know why students disappointed.. moreover this is expensive university of sydney but excellent staff and fabulous services

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  14. Brendan Kelso
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    I am a current student and my experience at UON has been pretty disappointing. I would choose to study elsewhere if I had my time again.

  15. Grant
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    I am a B.Arts(Hons) psychology Honours student. I am very disappointed with the psychology departments’ outdated ‘old-school ‘approach to research methodology. They insist on pushing quantitative methods for psychology, despite a commonly accepted need to shift towards accepting mixed methodology by the large majority of scholars in the field.
    This has resulted in me not being eligible for my honours degree despite having a 70% GPA in 7 of the 8 units in my honours degree!!!
    If I studies my honours degree elsewhere, there is good chance I would have been awarded a first or second class honours!!! rather than no degree whatsoever!!!
    I attained a HD in qualitative methods in my Grad Cert Business Research
    Yet, because I enrolled at Newcastle University I now have no honours degree (simply because the psychology department do not recognize the importance of qualitative methods; of which are not examined in the psych4000 course).
    I am very angry and disappointed with the University of Newcastle. I do not wish for the same issues to be experienced by other students.

  16. John
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    Hey guys, i’m thinking about studying physiotherapy at UON. Would appreciate any thoughts about the course from current students/ graduates. Thnx

  17. Ben
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    I cannot stress enough that if you want to study engineering DO NOT, I repeat DO NOT go to UON if you have other choices.
    I am a mature aged student and I am amazed an institution of this scale can be so epically incompetent.
    Tutors are unable to answer basic questions 8/10 times, lecturers are regularly incompetent and have zero real world experience,

    I have previously spoken to the Vice Chancellor of engineering and he has pretty much told me that they cant sack the bad teachers as they can’t find anyone good that wants to work there. He has agreed to me that the place needs fixing, but apparently the place is so bad everyone is steering clear of the place.

    Facilities are terribly dilapidated, computers and IT network aren’t able to cope with basic CAD programs so you cant even do the set assignments at unit as the computers regularly crash. If you do get in, budget enough money to purchase yourself a good reliable laptop to take with you.

    As for accommodation and transport, I always drive so I am natural on that, however parking is terrible if you don’t get there before 8:30am.

    City life, not a big fan of Newcastle, but I am not a city person so that is a biased view.

    Campus is mosquito infested, I mean seriously infested, and again the engineering area has no campus life either.

  18. ben
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    I despise Newcastle University. I hope the entire place burns to the ground. The final year of my masters degree involved several “face to face” courses which were delivered entirely on line with recorded lectures from the year before. But we still had to pay the entirety of the course fees. Joke

    • Tagh Cuskelly
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      I agree. 3rd year psychology is exactly the same.

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  19. jewel
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    The lecture rooms have very outdated seating, which makes it extremely uncomfortable to get through a session, it’s even more difficult if you actually want to take any notes. Please get rid of the 1950 primary school desks!!! Most proper University campuses will have the fold down seating and a long row of bench/desk space in front, making it much more practical and comfortable for adult learning. The lecturers are very accomplished people, I can’t take that from them, but a majority are not great at relaying information to students. Having knowledge is a very different thing from having the ability to teach, and the lectures and tutorials leave you feeling very “empty”. It’s kind of like showing up just to tick off the box of being there, but if you have any chance of actually passing the courses, you’ll have to really pour over the content of the books and look for other sources to fill in the gaps. I find you don’t get much assistance when you ask for resources other than a long-winded non answer that basically amounts to researching whatever it is on your own and hope you found the right information and digested it properly before exams come around. The University was just given a huge grant so I’m hoping they use some of that money to make the environments nicer, because the lectures are a painful hoop to jump through on the road to your degree; being comfortable would go a long way. Study, study, study every moment you have! You can attend every lecture and tutorial without fail, but if you don’t put in serious study hours on your own, you will not pass your finals. The lectures are very all over the place, so don’t expect you’ll hear everything you need to know to pass!

  20. Michael Jones
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    Can’t recommend it. The worst is the farcical admission process.

    I entered with an undergrad and postgrad in cognate disciplines, both from different unis. They used the undergrad for entry, rather than the postgrad which would have exempted me from 40 units. That’s a bit daft at best. And they don’t ask you or give you an option to nominate.

    The letter of offer says nothing about it so 18 months later I think I’m ok to graduate and they inform me I’m 40 units short. Emailing the program adviser is a waste of energy. They keep telling you the same thing, like you’re the daft one.

    Called up and eventually found a helpful person. I have her direct number! Upshot is that they ‘might’ be able to fix their own stuff up. How good of them! I’ll have to jump through major hoops and no guarantees it’ll all work out.

    I’ve studied at four institutions now. This is the worst. Course content was ok and lecturers were a mixed bag. Systems are very poor. Go elsewhere.

    ps I had to rate the transport, sity life and campus as average. I’m an external student. Teachers rated harshly to bring the average down where it should be. They were good enough in reality.

  21. bridget
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    its not great to be honest

  22. Phil
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    It is hard to find anything positive about the general workings of UON. The IT dept is of little help. The admission process is atrocious. The engineering teaching in severely disorganised. Lecturers need to do their job and prepare clear and concise lectures with proper course notes.

  23. John
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    The engineering lecturers are so disappointing. Many are difficult to understand, they have no idea about structuring a lecture and presenting information. Most just reuse previous year notes some which are hand written.
    No accountability by the lecturers either, poor quality notes, tutorials or echo recordings they essentially don’t give a shit and you’re left scrambling trying to find better presented information on you tube.
    So disappointing…professionalism is lacking

  24. James
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    its a great uni but dont expect the computers to work, the folks in the IT department have enough compentancy to advice someone to turn stuff off and back on again, they cant even get their own system to work and have no idea how to fix it, if you are thinking about a course that uses a computer, even if its just word processing, forget it. they use their own crappy version of everything with nobody on staff who knows how to reset an account or a password or anything else. the staff love to pass the buck and have nobody about the place who can fix anything or even try, as far as i am concerned its a disgrace to australia and newcastle and the uni as well as the human race, i am ashamed and embarrised on behalf of the uni

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