About us | School of Humanities

The School of Humanities at UNE offers the opportunity to explore, investigate, and critically analyse a range of aspects of both the ancient and modern world.

Whether you plan to study with us, or simply visit us as an interested observer, we invite you to join us on a journey to explore humanity — our history, philosophies, and politics.

The Roman poet Terence, over 2,000 years ago, wrote: 'there is nothing relating to mankind that does not concern me.' Similarly many hundreds of years later the English poet Alexander Pope was to comment: 'the proper study of mankind is Man.'

Our mission

The School of Humanities is committed to delivering an outstanding on-campus and online experience to students of all educational levels and backgrounds, and maintaining and enhancing its internationally recognised excellence in research and publications, while fostering a positive learning and teaching environment for all students and staff.

The School of Humanities Strategic Plan supports the UNE Strategic Plan, 'Learning Without Limits', which identifies five strategic priorities:

  • To distinguish ourselves by the quality of our on‐campus experience
  • To lead the nation in the innovative use of educational technology for distance education
  • To achieve international distinction in all our specialist fields of research
  • To set the standard for social inclusiveness and access for all to higher education
  • To foster business processes that maximise efficiency, promote a service culture and meet the needs of students and staff.

Our priorities and strategies

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1. To distinguish ourselves by the quality of our on-campus experience i. Maintain, review and promote high-quality on-campus unit offerings
ii. Ensure the quality and integrity of all academic activities
iii. Develop modes of delivery and programs which best meet the needs and learning objectives of on-campus students
1.1 Ensure an outstanding academic on-campus experience for both students and staffiv. Proactively explore ways of increasing and retaining on-campus enrolments
v. Monitor and act on on-campus student feedback and reward high-quality and innovative teaching
vi. Maintain and improve on the School's consistently high scores for Overall Student Satisfaction (OSI index)
1.2 Develop and implement the highest standard of face-to-face and other delivery options for on-campus students utilising new approaches and technologiesvii. Continue to use School committees and discipline areas to achieve core academic outcomes
viii. Review on a regular basis the extent to which the School's programs and units are meeting the needs of on-campus students
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2. To lead the nation in the innovative use of educational technology for distance education

i. Maintain, review and promote high quality distance education and online offerings

ii. Explore and develop modes of delivery and programs which most meet the needs and learning objectives of off-campus students
iii. Engage in networking between academic staff and the educational development team to develop innovative methods of online delivery
iv. Proactively explore ways of increasing and retaining online and distance education enrolments
2.1 Ensure an outstanding academic experience for both students and staff through online and distance education modes of deliveryv. Monitor and act on off-campus student feedback and reward high-quality and innovative teaching
vi. Maintain and improve on the School's consistently high scores for Overall Student Satisfaction (OSI index)
vii. Actively engage with the Futures Campus and other SAF initiatives to improve learning outcomes and opportunities for students studying off-campus
2.2 Develop and implement the highest standard of online and distance offerings through engagement with new approaches and technologiesviii. Explore cross-institutional arrangements for online delivery with partner institutions
ix. Continue to use School committees and discipline areas to achieve core academic outcomes
x. Review on a regular basis the extent to which the School's programs and units are meeting the needs of distance education students
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3. To achieve international distinction in all our specialist fields of research

i. Enhance existing research excellence in UNE thematic priority research areas and discipline-based research areas, through cross-disciplinary networks and strategic positioning of the Heritage Futures Research Centre and the Asia-Pacific Research Centre

ii. Ensure that all academic staff and HDR students deliver research outcomes recognised by peers and the wider community as excellent and that such outcomes are supported and rewarded
3.1 Continue to build research culture and capability across all areas of the Schooliii. Ensure that all academic staff meet at least the school's minimum standards for research as outlined in the school's research guidelines and that ECRs are appropriately mentored
iv. Establish a PPR process for academic staff at all levels which specifically addresses research development and research outcomes
3.2 Achieve research excellence within the School in UNE's identified thematic and discipline-based priority research areasv. Ensure that workforce planning and recruitment processes directly enhance the School's research capacity
3.3 Preserve and enhance research specialisations in the School, so that areas that have currently achieved rankings of 3 in the ERA exercise target a ranking of 4 in the next iteration, and that areas that have currently achieved rankings of 2 in the ERA exercise target a ranking of 3vi. Engage with the UNE Research Strategic Plan's aim to increase research publications, focusing on an increased number of both high-quality books, book chapters and refereed journal articles, and successful applications for nationally competitive grants and other sources of external funding
3.4 Promote new areas of research that are consistent with UNE's mission and have the potential to achieve international standingvii. Actively encourage and reward timely reporting of publications and submission of competitive grant applications
3.5 Grow the number of international and domestic HDR students and ensure student satisfaction and timely completionsviii. Actively encourage the enrolment of international and domestic HDR students and provide them with appropriate support, mentoring and career development opportunities
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4. To set the standard for social inclusiveness and access for all to higher education i. Develop ways to improve the recruitment and retention of regional, remote and ATSI students, particularly from within the New England region
ii. Offer programs and units of relevance to regional, remote and ATSI students

4.1 Promote student access and encourage social inclusiveness

iii. Collaborate with Oorala on close integration of academic and pathways programs
iv. Review programs and units to ensure enhanced learning outcomes for regional, remote and ATSI students

4.2 Provide increased opportunities in higher education to students from diverse groups, ages and backgrounds

v. Engage proactively in strategies to provide pathways into awards for low SES students and community members, including the use of open courseware
vi. Explore partnerships with VET providers targeted at low SES students
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5. To foster business processes that maximise efficiency, promote a service culture and meet the needs of students and staff i. Monitor and review administrative structures and services within the School to ensure that academic and general staff continue to perform at the highest level
ii. Implement the efficient use of technology within the School, including regular updates of School web pages
iii. Periodically review administrative and organisational processes within the School to ensure that they focus on meeting the needs of students and staff

5.1 Maintain streamlined academic and administrative processes within the School

iv. Periodically review committee structures and terms of reference
v. Periodically review PPR processes to ensure maximum outputs in terms of staff development and training
vi. Strongly support, reward and invest in staff whose performance meets or exceeds stated expectations

5.2 Develop organisational structures which optimise efficiency and meet the needs of staff and students

vii. Monitor the use of common areas to ensure they meet the formal and informal needs of staff
viii Ensure a respectful, inclusive and flexible environment in which all staff and students feel valued and respected at all times
ix. Ensure that Learning without Limits is an ongoing experience for all students and staff.