The Academic Excellence Scholarships Recognising Outstanding Performance in Undergraduate Studies were established to reward hard work, persistence and dedication to academic excellence. In this ‘Meet the Scholar’ series we will introduce you to those undergraduate students who are the 2020 recipients of this generous scholarship. Are you ready to be inspired?

Are you looking for the perfect motivation to study hard and aim for excellence this year?  The Academic Excellence Scholarships Recognising Outstanding Performance in Undergraduate Studies is just the thing for you! In 2019 our Vice-Chancellor Professor Alex Zelinsky (learn more about him here!) launched a scholarship for undergraduate students that rewards outstanding dedication to their university degree and excellence in academic endeavour. The scholarship is a reflection of how our University embraces and rewards hard work and acknowledges that success is built from persistence, dedication and a commitment to the highest standards.

By Ruvimbo Vusango 

It’s Sexual Health and Guidance (SHAG) week at the University which means there’s going to be a lot of talk about sex. This may make you a little uncomfortable for a variety of reasons, but learning to have healthy conversations about sex is an essential life tool. Sex is a natural aspect of human life that often plays a crucial part in relationships, so get yourself equipped with the right tools to get the conversation flowing.

There’s not many things better than a scholarship. Maybe your nan’s spag bol, or a celebratory beer after you’ve submitted your final assignment, or maybe when you see a dog on your way to class.

You’ve probably heard it before, the University of Newcastle has loads of scholarships. But some students believe that scholarships are only for the “best of the best”, and the highly competitive nature of scholarship applications has left them shying away from even giving them a go.

By Simona Gorgievski

Dear 2015 Simona,

You’ve finally graduated! After changing degrees twice and getting sick for a semester you graduated two years after schedule, but you’ve graduated nonetheless. I don’t know if you could have ever imagined being on the other side, or how much you would learn and experience along the way in that first week back in February 2015. But as I delightfully learnt in a cracker TED Talk I watched last month, only because you can’t imagine something or you think it won’t ever happen in your wildest dreams, doesn’t mean it won’t. The limits of your imagination aren’t an indication of who you can become. I wish I knew that in my first week of uni.

Ah, the start of a new semester. A magical time full of positive intentions, where we students resolve to overhaul our schedules and eliminate bad habits. For one reason or another, those goals don’t always manifest – but I’ve got a feeling 2020 is our time to shine! Here are 10 things I swear to be better at this year, with some practical solutions I hope you’ll try along with me.