Looking Ahead

This strategic plan is of our regions and for our regions. Our University, its cities and regions have always been looking ahead. The spirit of looking to the future to imagine and then realise possibilities is at the essence of the University of Newcastle: our motto is ‘I look ahead’

Our commitment to Indigenous higher education, innovation and engagement

We are proud of our record in Indigenous higher education, innovation and engagement, which has been driven by relationships with the Indigenous community and through the work of the Wollotuka Institute.

Even though we are a sector leader in terms of Indigenous student enrolments and the employment of Indigenous staff, we commit to building on this strength and extending our collaboration and partnerships with Indigenous peoples of our regions and beyond.

- Bula Wiyawiyelli – ‘those two [who] are talking’


Our values set the standards that we expect, encourage and nurture in our staff and students. They guide our decision-making and position us to achieve our purpose.


We pursue the exceptional and strive for innovation in our teaching, research and operating environment.


Our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusiveness is fundamental to everything we do. We believe that every person has the right to participate and succeed.


Our staff, students, alumni and communities are deeply connected to the challenges and opportunities in our regions and beyond.


We are ethically minded and prioritise responsible management of our environment and financial resources.

Traditional Custodians

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal Nation, Darkinjung Nation, Biripai Nation, Worimi Nation, Wonnarua Nation and Eora Nation. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.

Looking Ahead

Looking Ahead

Strategic Plan 2020-2025

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Plan on a page

Plan on a page

Strategic Plan 2020-2025

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