The Purpose Behind the Party – How passionate students secured the University’s autonomy

It’s well known that University’s annual Autonomy Day is one of the largest events on the student calendar.

After some unfortunate pandemic-related cancellations, we are excited to announce the long awaited return of the party, with Autonomy Day celebrations kicking off once again on Friday, 5 August 2022!

The celebration marks the declaration of our University as an independent tertiary institution separated from UNSW is packed with various activities, exhibitions and performances all culminating in the legendary extravaganza of Autonomy Party.

Parallel to past international social and political movements, the University of Newcastle was not granted autonomy easily or without conflict.

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Meet the 2022 Academic Excellence Scholarship Recipients

Have you ever thought that while working hard and achieving the academic goals you set out for yourself is great, but sometimes you wish that there was a result more tangible than a D (Distinction) on your transcript? Since 2019, the University of Newcastle has awarded Vice-Chancellor’s Academic Excellence Scholarships. Sponsored by our Vice-Chancellor and reflecting our commitment to excellence, the main focus of these … Continue reading Meet the 2022 Academic Excellence Scholarship Recipients

“I’m not ok”: What to do when a friend needs mental health support

Not long ago, I had a very close friend of mine experience a major loss. Given the circumstances, they seemed to be coping well. They were going to work, keeping up with their social and sporting commitments and had an extraordinarily well-rehearsed speech they would perform when asked how they were doing. A speech that was so reassuring, it managed to fool even me for months, and now I look back on it, probably over a year. Continue reading ““I’m not ok”: What to do when a friend needs mental health support”

Q&A with Winter Olympic medallist, Matt Graham

University of Newcastle student Matt Graham has taken the world by storm, winning silver in the Men’s Moguls at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics. Navigator writer, Sarah James, sat down with the World No. 3 mogul skier to find out what it takes to become an Olympic champion, as well as find time to study a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil)/Bachelor of Business.   NAV: How … Continue reading Q&A with Winter Olympic medallist, Matt Graham

5 questions with Gina Gilmour

All Uni of Newcastle students have their own unique story to tell. Here at Navigator we want to share with you a few of those stories. We spoke with Bachelor of Construction Management Student, Gina Gilmour, on what led her to studying and her experience studying a traditionally male-dominated program. NAVIGATOR: When you were younger did you ever picture yourself studying Construction Management? GG: I’ve … Continue reading 5 questions with Gina Gilmour