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University of New England, Armidale.

The University of New England is one of Australia's leading distance education providers. It's based in Armidale in regional New South Wales. However, around 3 out of 4 UNE students study online. UNE receives consistently high course satisfaction ratings. If you are a current or former UNE student, you're welcome to post a review and share your experiences.

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  1. Ramin
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    Hi All, I am thinking to do LLB at UNE can anyone advise whether I should enroll or which is the best UNI to study LLB online??

    • Punjabi Playboy
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      Do it Ramin!

      Hey Ramin,

      UNE is the best online university in Australia. If you are going to study online in Australia, doing a Bachelor of Laws, you’re better off picking UNE over another less-experienced online university such as Deakin or Grffith

      • Liz
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        LLB ONLINE

        Hi, Can i ask if there are any compulsory on campus days with the online LLB? I’m after a uni i can do the degree 100% online. Any info is appreciated, thanks.

        • Punjabi Playboy
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          Bachelor of Laws (LLB) at UNE

          Hi Liz,

          I’m not 100% sure, as I’m just a fellow student myself and not doing a LLB. Take a look here https://my.une.edu.au/courses/2019/courses/BLAW01/program-of-study.html and use the Quick Search on the left hand pane to search the specific units in the course. When you search each unit, look under the heading of ‘Intensive School(s)’ and it will tell you whether or not there are some compulsory On Campus Days.

          Chances are, there may be one or two intensive schools that you will have to attend, although, doing a brief search myself, I can’t find any mandatory intensive schools for the various units in the LLB. I hope this helps. Let me know if you have any other questions

  2. Brett Hillier
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    No support at UNE

    UNE put me in a position where I was forced to fail my unit last semester, since I could not access the university’s outdated Turing system used by the Computer Science Department. The lecturer was only ever rude and unhelpful and not interested in sorting out my problem. As a result I could only fail the subject because completing the final 10% assignment was a prerequisite for passing the unit. It was not right that I should have had to pay this uni money and not even be given a chance to even pass the course. The student “support” team was anything but supportive. In all my previous subjects at this uni I had only ever received HDs but the difference was that I never really had to deal with the lecturers. For me, going to UNE was a nightmare and I would highly recommend NOT choosing this uni, especially if you are studying by distance ed. I have been to other unis and never experienced anything like this.

    • Jason Bourne
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      Unit Code?

      Brett, may I ask what unit you studied that you had such a bad experience with?

  3. Lax
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    one of the good ones in NSW

    I think UNE is great for online learning. I was surprised to see some negative comments above. However , I had a good experience. I did some post graduate studies in mental health and would recommend them for it. I found the staff are very resourceful and helped me when I needed some support.

  4. Dee
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    Brilliant experience

    I’ve read other comments however I never experienced a negative experience with the two degrees I studied at UNE. I was satisfied with study and found staff most supportive. Overall, a positive education.

  5. Steve
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    Very unimpressive

    I’ve being doing a masters through UNE for the last year. It’s my 2’nd masters, with my other studies being at USYD and UNSW.
    I was drawn in by UNE’s advertising about being great for distance students and the fact it was one of only two universities in the state that run the course I want to study.
    Well, what a disappointment it’s been. The online course system is no better than anywhere else and seems quite outdated. I’ve seen better online training systems implemented by corporates for their general staff training…
    But that’s nothing compared to how disappointing the teaching staff are. I haven’t met one yet that seems to care about anything more than lightening their own workload. Emails go unanswered, online courses go weeks without any correspondence, supervisors make inappropriate comments and the overall level of engagement seems very low… it seems UNE is the place academics go to drop out. I plan to switch to another uni next semester.

  6. Shannon
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    UNE review

    I have been studying online through CSU and UNE, currently on campus at UNE. Currently I have three degrees. I find UNE comparable to most. They have good online resources and some lecturers are engaging and some not, probably a fair cross section of society.

    For me UNE is a good university, I prefer the developments in the online learning space, to me it is better than UNSW, SCU and UNE.

    Overall very pleased with the Uni.

    • Shannon
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      Last line autocorrected, I meant CSU, I.e UNE online is my preference.

  7. Debbie
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    Warning

    WARNING
    WARNING..Before you accept an offer to study at UNE make sure you’ve read the by-laws and policies first. When you click on accepting the ‘Terms and Conditions’ upon enrolment, you are waiving any potential liability against UNE and the burden and responsibility is reversed onto the student.
    Consider the statute of limitation to complete a course is 10 years (this includes the INITIAL DATE from your ORIGINAL academic transcripts from prior learning)-this could result in ‘stale learning’ despite being awarded ‘advanced standing’ for prior learning by UNE, leaving you with a debt and no degree in the end. Its misleading and deceptive conduct.
    The university has a duty of care and is obligated to forewarn students within a reasonable timeframe.
    Many students are unaware just how badly they are being exploited and adversely affected until its too late!.Dont be victim.
    Also, UNE cannot guarantee what subjects will be available for the following year until late October.

  8. The Ugly Truth
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    LPAB-The Ugly Truth

    LEGAL PROFESSION ADMISSION BOARD (LPAB)

    The Ugly Truth about the LPAB Diploma in Law Course:

    1. Accreditation units have been shunned by Law Schools

    2. Examiners have photocopied past exam papers

    3. Some lecturers finish classes 1 hour early

    4. There exists no uniformity in the style of teaching

    5. No mid-semester exams

    6. No tutorials

    7. No Student Representative Council

    8. The same Members on the Examination Committee are also on the Curriculum Sub-Committee, Performance Review Sub-Committee and Quality Sub-Committee.

    9. Fees are non-refundable.

    10. Under Rule 67 of the LPAB Handbook a student could be made to resit some or all of their previously passed subjects.

    11. The Diploma in Law Course is not ideal for domestic undergrad students. The Academics have got it right in shunning LPAB units. It has become a 3rd rate education for a 3rd rate qualification.

    12. The LPAB falsely give the impression that they are part of the University of Sydney-when actually they are not!. LPAB students are NOT students of the University of Sydney.

    It’s time to shut the course down for domestic students.

    • Cecilia
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      Hi,
      I’m having a hard time understanding what you mean.
      Is this for the LLB or for a separate course?
      Did you study law at UNE and what was your experience?

  9. Janet
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    For social work, UNE was incredible. I can not commend them enough on their professionalism, support and course content. They are engaging with content, lecturers are passionate and are able to reply to student enquirers. So impressed, 5/5 stars.

  10. c
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    beware

    I’ve wasted four years of my life in this ‘university’.
    They draw students in with the allure of being one of the few universities in Australia with a wide range of completely online units. Just as expensive (if not more) than other on-campus universities who provide more support than I’ve ever received.
    Summing up some of the key issues with the university that I’ve seen confirmed by other students:
    1. Lack of genuine resources. Don’t expect any additional information on units outside of powerpoints. Literally the lecturers read straight from slides. And usually, this information is taken directly (sometimes word for word??!) from textbooks. I haven’t bothered watching a lecture in nearly 2 years because honestly, why waste the data?
    2. Course progression. On more than 3 occasions I’ve found my degree (which was initially only supposed to be a 3 year degree) extended due to incompetence by course advisers and last minute changes to unit selection. Of the 12 units I genuinely wanted to study before I applied, I think I was only able to undertake 3. Don’t even think you can study in Tri 3, nothing is available.
    3. Overseas exchange. This was a unique problem to me as I decided to undertake a semester in the UK as part of my degree. The advisor was EXTREMELY disorganised and apparently understaffed. My application sat on his desk until the day before the cut off, him having “misplaced it”. Multiple emails had to be sent in sucession to get vital information regarding visas and credit. The NIGHT BEFORE I flew to London, I was on the phone trying to check that my loan assistance had gone through to the correct bank account (it hadn’t).
    All in all, there’s a reason this university hires the staff it does- no academic worth their salt would ever voluntarily chose to be employed by such a mismanaged, frankly fund-driven kindergarten such as UNE.
    Grateful to be graduating in April and putting this $25,000 turd of a school behind me.

  11. calvin
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    UNE VS QUT

    I am a bachelor of Software Engineering and I have got accepted to both UNE and QUT for studying Masters of Information Technology. I am a director of a small business in Brisbane and a father of an 8 months boy which my wife and I would much prefer not to send him to day-care. So, some days of the week I look after him and some other my wife. My idea of choosing UNE was to do this off-campus however my ideal end-result of this education was to be a professor at Uni and possibly a lecturer.
    Here are my questions and I would appreciate if you could share your thoughts with me before I make anymore steps:

    1- Considering the fact that we can always find some time to work and study and I am happy to go through that, would it be a better choice to go for QUT? Isn’t it a higher ranking uni compared to UNE?

    2- What if I choose to go overseas to work/teach after graduating? Would UNE degree be recognised or not?

    3- I live in Brisbane and QUT is close to me. The fee is almost double of UNE but would you take this road or the online way considering the fact that majority of you guys were not happy with the way of presentation at UNE?

    Thanks for your time and I would appreciate your thoughts…
    Calvin

  12. anon
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    Social Work Degree - beware

    Studied Social Work externally. Most of the lecturers were good but some were very unorganised. They kept changing the course, changing the goalposts. It was so unorganised. Inconsistency in marking so you never knew where you stood. During on campus week intensives, they were death by powerpoint so couldn’t see the point in being on campus. But they had to tick all the boxes. When I was almost finished my final social work practicum I had a run in with my supervisor on my prac, I was bullied. The university warned me not to lodge a complaint and told to just suck it up otherwise that would be the end of my career. The university shuvved it all under the carpet because they made it clear they wanted to get more students into the same organisation for pracs. A few students had bad pracs and the university didn’t want to know. In addition I had the grades for an honours year but the university stuffed up. I took my complaint all the way to the top and the Chancellor couldn’t give a rats. So overall, waste of a degree for me. If you are from another state trying to get a prac outside of NSW best of luck.

    • disappointed
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      Studying social work

      I currently doing an Social Work degree at UNE as well. I feel for you. I did not mind the intensives as being an external student suited me, however what is frustrating is when I wish to contact the teachers it can take a long time to get an reply, and the teachers have overloaded workloads. In some units there is a lack of communication between the teachers and students. However there were a few units the level of communication between the teachers and students was very good. I actually feel I am being neglected by the this semester by the stuff due to very low level of communication esp if I need answers of UNE and considering doing the rest of my degree elsewhere next year.

  13. Ben
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    I completed my undergraduate Science degree at UNE, and have begun a masters of teaching.
    I’ve been very impressed by the organisation of the online courses. Of course it varies widely between units. Sometimes you never hear from the lecturer and are just doing a bunch of readings, other times the lecturer is very involved, for example in a maths subject all lectures were recorded with live handwritten working, for another subject I got mailed a electronics board for the duration of the course for ‘labs’ , which was great. I’ve skyped in with a physics lecturer for more assistance than I’d usually get when I was at uni on campus (UNSW). I think for the most part its a matter of you only get out what you put in, if you want assistance I would think most lecturers are willing to go the extra mile to help.

    I’ve done both science and arts courses. I’ve found the arts courses to be quite indepth and critical. Some of the maths courses I found to be pretty simplistic, when compared to the higher level courses available at UNSW… but UNSW has an unusally good maths program I would wager. All in all I’d recommend UNE’s online program, its well organised and offers good flexibility. I studied while living in America, had my work with feedback mailed to me, had a science kit mailed to me for labs, and sat some exams in san francisco

  14. Caz
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    Education and Nursing at UNE

    I studied Education Early Childhood and Primary at UNE for 3 years. The course units were good but the assignment outlines etc were very hard to understand. The lecturers were unable to help as much as you needed. They would make you feel guilty for asking questions over email and face-to-face. The help was limited and did not serve any purpose to the actual needs of the students. Pracs were difficult in Primary as the amount you apparently obtained from your first prac, they asked to you do things for your next pracs which you had not even learnt yet which made things far more difficult. The people who come in to check up on you from the uni during prac, do not offer any positive re-enforcement and just put you down. When I told them that what they ask us to do for our second, third etc pracs are impossible they shot me down instantly, giving excuses for why it was made that way. In Early Childhood, they give you at least 12 pracs in your first 3 years, which is crazy for the amount of work, assignments and study you have to do for the other units you are studying. There is no help in class to show students how to “teach” during the EC pracs which makes it harder to know HOW.
    I then switched to Bachelor of Nursing, which was even worse. The lecturers gave you no help, no assistance, continued to shut you down if you had questions about the assignments in which they were very hard to understand.

    I do not recommend studying education or nursing at UNE. It was the worst experience of my University life.

  15. RAFAEL
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    I have been offered the most competitive International Postgraduate Research Award (IPRA) to do my PhD.It provides a stipend of $26,682 AUD per annum, course tuition fees and single Standard Overseas Health Insurance. I was very excited at first, but now reading reviews and rankings on the internet, I am a bit frustrated. As PhD is s life-time achievement, I was wondering if I should wait for a better ranking university to offer similar scholarship package? Please give your valuable feedback.

    • admin
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      Gaining a PhD is an individual research effort, though having a good supervisor can help. Dissertations are assessed by a panel of 3 academics, 2 of whom must be from a different university. So where you get it from doesn’t matter a whole lot.

  16. Albert
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    I started the Bachelor in Science, Applied Physics. Maths exam was much more difficult than what we had gone through throughout the course. Many failed the exam, I know because it was discussed in the forum. I also did a computer programming unit (Python and UNIX systems), and if it wasn’t because of the enormous amount of time trying to figure out a solution to the weekly assignments, it would’ve been a disaster. The material provided is delivered in slides.

    Never again.

  17. Jack
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    I enrolled at UNE to do the Grad Dip in Psychology.

    I was terribly disappointed in the course, and upset that I wasted money on it. The lectures were all just recordings from another semester, and their appeared to be only 1 person available to actually answer questions on a message board from literally hundreds of students. My questions never got answered and I felt sorry for that lecturer who was given an impossible job. The content is based on the text book, and this is supposed to be the definitive source for the subject. It is almost like if you study psychology there your ‘teacher’ or ‘lecturer’ is really just a book. You have to be self-taught. Sometimes the lecture material didn’t agree with the text book, but I was never able to get clarification on such things. It was confusing and it just seemed like a massive money making exercise. I really disliked it and withdrew. I would never study at UNE again.

  18. Symone Perricone
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    A few years ago I completed a Bachelor of Social Science (Social Welfare) at another university (by distance learning). Currently I am studying a Grad Dip in Counselling with UNE (by distance learning). When comparing both universities, I find the subject delivery from UNE is clearer to read and the way it is delivered is in a more organised form. The lecturers are quick to respond and polite and helpful when responding. I haven’t attended residential school yet so I am unable to give an opinion to on campus experience. Overall, My personal experience so far with UNE is a really positive one. I highly recommend UNE.

    • Sarah
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      My third degree. My third University. Whilst the lecturers are enthusiastic at times, the online version does not work. They do not answer questions when asked, the information access is difficult to navigate. People do not return your emails or phone calls.
      If you want more than a pass mark you will struggle to get the help you are paying for to get the help you need.
      I agree with the comment below about T3 being very limiting in topics.

  19. Juliane
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    I am currently studying with UNE to obtain an undergraduate law degree. I undertook all units by distance education (from Europe actually).
    I am very happy with my study experience at UNE and whenever I had a question or a problem lecturers and staff would make sure this was solved. Certainly, lecturers are different and some I find more accessible than others but that is the same at every university.
    Comparing this study experience to the ones from Europe I have to say that the staff is much more concerned about its students and helping them out as best (and as much) as they can. I was sometimes amazed at seeing the lecturer go the extra mile to explain something to students in different ways.
    Therefore, I would recommend UNE for distance education.

    • Liz
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      Wow so no compulsory on campus days?! That’s awesome! I’m doing a law degree with Macquarie Uni and I’m struggling with their on campus days i mean there is a reason why i chose external right?! And you’re doing this from europe!

  20. Eliza
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    Although I love the idea of my actual degree and a few of the lecturers I have had, there is a real failing in UNE. The staff running the university do not listen to their students in my opinion.UNE removed student enterprises from student hands and control the spending of SSAF. All of this was predetermined without any real care to negotiate with students.

    Furthermore, the library system, the new one that replaced the old disastrous SUMMONS system is also a complete catastrophe. As external students no longer have free return postage we rely on the library online resources. Some schools in the uni suffer with cheap subscriptions, especially history, which means that we do not have access to the latest journals. The new library system takes 10 times longer to find a source than ever before. Some of the staff are impatient to those students simply trying to navigate their way through this cumbersome system.

    UNE declared off campus students would not have to pay SSAf but failed to say it would mean we would be affected by receiving literally nothing from them; no return postage on books, limited help with the library, no calendars, etc. Add that to the fact we also get next to no lectures, at least in my school, no tutorials and only limited unit notes, along with very little interaction with lecturers as a general rule.

    The history department rarely if ever lectures for any of its units. Many units are only offered on a two year basis which drags out your degree. Units offered over T3 are a joke, with almost no good choices.

    For a university that prides itself on the delivery of distance education, as an external student, I feel completely let down. Such a shame as the uni held such promise. I would recommend going elsewhere as UNE is too stuck in its ways to change and will not listen to its students.

  21. Lara
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    Commencing 2nd year of Ma Arts. I work pretty much full time running a small business so can only manage to study 2 or 3 units per annum. UNE is my first experience of distance ed / online study. I loved it. Yes…it was disappointing to realise that the lectures in my second unit were all pre recorded. First unit lectures were live and undertaken by the most amazing young lecturer (who has I understand left for Monash in 2017 – :-(. ). Nonetheless the live tute sessions one evening a week at 800 pm were great in both the 101 and 102 units. I couldn’t imagine that any Uni is going to please everyone. Misfortune, misunderstandings, unfortunate events, less stellar and vibrant lecturers and less stellar and vibrant fellow students will always challenge. Luck of the draw and what’s going on in our own lives. Blah Blah etc etc. Luv my lecturer for T1 2017 and looking forward to another great year of study.

  22. sarah
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    I am currently thinking about attending une in armidale next year to do a bachelor in either agriculture or animal science.
    I am from Wollongong, but was wandering due to previous reviews if this was really a good choice to make.
    Is there a high emphasis on social? and having fun as well as study?

  23. Nadine
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    I am studying off-campus currently and I really enjoy the work. Maybe considering some of the other reviews I am lucky in my faculty that the courses are all well organised, thorough, with lots of relevant material and helpful teaching staff.

    I found navigating the moodle site initially difficult but now, as with anything, I’m familiar and it’s easy to know where to find any information I need.

    I’ve really enjoyed studying here and have found all the units extremely relevant to the placements I’ve undertaken. I have also lived locally before and studied as an on-campus student, this experience was different but equally enjoyable.

  24. James
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    What an incredibly substandard tertiary education institution! Terrible academics (if you can’t make it as a researcher then you apparently teach at UNE), boring and unengaging subjects and lecturers from overseas that are near on imposssible to understand. Thoroughly disappointing- if you have an option for Christ’s sake study elsewhere!

  25. Tim
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    I started a Masters program at UNE which I have to say was very disappointing. The first unit in Roman History was excellent with great feedback and support,. The second unit also in Roman History was very average and seemed to rely on the student doing their own research to make up for course content which was severely lacking.
    The teacher also did not seem to appreciate that external students may not have access to the resources or the time to do the reasearch required to fill in such gaps. While I love research, it should be done to enhance learning not to make up for a lack of content in the unit or poor planning on the part of the teacher.

  26. Oz
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    Don’t even bother with this Uni unless you’re an Australian. Because they will discriminate you! They accepted me and offered a place, only to be told that I wan’t welcome there because I’m a Permanent Resident not a Citizen. Staff was so rude!

    Since then I have been offered a place at USQ. Staff are nice and helpful at USQ. Online platform they use at USQ is light years ahead of UNE’s ancient and buggy platform. So if you want a better place to study just forget about UNE. There’s better universities out there!!!

  27. vikein mouradian
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    is the LAW COURSE BLAWS AT the university of new england the most mediocre course in Australia? I think so what do you think? In particular the final unit titled legal research and writing acts as obstacle course so as some students are prevented to obtain the B laws degree rather than a learning experience. It is a trick unit designed to filter and weed out students whom UNE does not feel should graduate from the LLB.It is the final act in the gate keeping process for the B laws degree. What do others think? Please let me know. I almost finished the entire course but because I failed LAW 480 UNE refused to graduatre me? I dont hink this is FAIR Remember LAW talks a lot about fairnes. do you think it is fair?

    • Josh
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      Really, Is this true?

  28. Chloe
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    I am a Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Teaching student at UNE.

    This is a great university, with a well established online system.

    However, I feel there is some false advertising in promoting “shorter degrees” by using Trimester 3 to get units done. Most of the course units are not offered in Trimester 3, so you may only be able to finish 6 months earlier, if that.

    Not only that, but the quality of the Trimester 3 units are poor- prerecorded lectures from a previous trimester, and lecturers constantly citing “the holiday season” for why they haven’t replied to emails/marked assignments/turned up to an online tutorial.

    While individual unit coordinators are often fantastic, the university as a whole is pretty keen on taking your money and then ignoring all you queries or complaints. It can be very frustrating.

    That said, the online presentation of course materials is very well set out. The lecturers are often great, and the Intensive Schools are incredible.

    If you are not fussed over the “shorter degrees” aspect, I would definitely recommend this uni.

  29. Maria
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    I am an external student at UNE. I can only comment from that perspective but considering that the majority of the students at UNE are in fact external student, this perspective is important.

    UNE recently promoted that external students would no longer have to pay SSAF, they announced this as though they were giving external students a gift. What they failed to say was in return for not paying SSAF, you will lose your free return postage and free on campus parking during intensive schools while on campus. We are waiting to discover what else we are going to lose. We already do not get tutorials. The audio quality we get in some schools of the university is terrible that is IF the lecture is even recorded. This means that some lectures given to us are years old because recent recordings failed. The library system online is a dinosaur that is both difficult to navigate and almost impossible to find valuable material in. The student counselling service rarely answers their phones.

    The UNESA seem out of touch or lack empathy towards the bulk of their student body and appear to over represent on campus students at the expense of off campus.

    Whilst there are some outstanding lecturers, they seem let down by a failing system. Although I love the actually course I am doing, and some of my lecturers are outstanding, I feel seriously let down by UNE who I don’t believe cares about my success as a student. I don’t feel that they deliver the best quality lectures as far as audio and accessibility in concerned either. They need to improve or risk losing a large income stream. The do not appear to be listening to our concerns at all.

  30. Edward
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    I studied online with UNE, so my review is really about distance education only. I visited the Armidale campus a few times and it seemed like a nice enough place though.

    UNE is ranked as the best online university by onlinestudyaustralia.com and I’m not surprised. They have a good online interface and seem to be on top of the technology side of things. The courses I did generally had a clear structure, making it easy to work to a study plan.

    Exams were quite fair, not too easy or too difficult. I did a Masters degree by coursework and the standard was comparable to the bachelor degree I did at UNSW.

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