A world of learning

Learning without limits

Graduation on campus

The University of New England was the first Australian university established outside a capital city. With a history extending back to the 1920s, UNE has a well-earned reputation as one of Australia's great teaching, training and research universities.

Through its leading role in the provision of distance education, UNE has contributed to the nation's development over more than half a century — while enhancing the lives of thousands of people who would otherwise have been unable to pursue university studies. Today, UNE is extending its global reach through the adoption of the latest communication technologies, and is recognised as an innovator in flexible online education.

More than 100,000 people have graduated from UNE, with many of them going on to hold senior positions around Australia — and abroad — in business, government, education, research, and community development.

Studying online

UNE has been the leading innovator of flexible study for over 60 years because we're committed to helping busy adults study from anywhere.

At UNE, online study is about flexibility and support that can only be provided by a university that has long understood the challenges faced by adults studying from home.

UNE has three teaching periods or trimesters, commencing in February, July and October, providing students greater choice about when, and how much they study each year. 

Research excellence

The University of New England has a proud history of undertaking high quality research and producing valuable research outcomes. It is dedicated to identifying and delivering innovations of value to society and industry, in Australia and internationally, with a particular emphasis on inter-disciplinary research for tackling complex problems in rural and regional Australia. This research involves extensive engagement in large-scale interdisciplinary collaborations within UNE, nationally and internationally, and is underpinned by five thematic research priorities.

Living on campus

From its earliest days, UNE has provided a unique living-and-learning environment that has helped to prepare thousands of students not only for the world of work but also for creative participation in adult society. The residential colleges and the complex of flats for independent living — all on campus — give students ready access to academic and personal support, and an experience of community living during which they form life-long friendships. 

Community engagement

UNE's New England Award, which recognises students' involvement in personal-development and community-based activities, has served as a model program of its kind.

At a local level the University collaborates with a number of community bodies, including the Primary Industry Centre for Science Education, TAFE NSW's New England Institute, the New England Regional Art Museum and New England Conservatorium of Music.

The University is also engaging directly with schools in the New England North West region through projects such as Science in the Bush, the Siemens Science Experience, Mission Possible, the Science and Engineering Challenge and several programs for HSC students.

Established with the support of the New England community, UNE continues to enjoy community support through the generous donation of scholarships. Donations from individuals and organisations comprise a large proportion of the scholarship money that the University presents each year to hundreds of its students. Among the scholarships are many that honour UNE's commitment to its regional communities by helping students overcome problems of remoteness and financial disadvantage to gain a university degree.

The many facets of UNE's community engagement include collaborative work with educational, industrial, environmental, government, business and arts organisations, as well as participation in a range of community events. Through all of these activities, the University honours and fulfils the inclusive vision of its founders.

The campus

The University of New England is located on several sites in Armidale, NSW. 

The northern campus, within five kilometres to the northwest of the city centre, is set in an attractive rural and bushland setting. This campus includes Booloominbah, the original property presented by the late Mr T.R. Forster to the University of Sydney for the establishment of a university college (see NEUC). This property comprised the old homestead together with several other buildings and 74 hectares of land. A number of other benefactors have generously presented properties to the University including rural properties in close proximity to the campus, providing facilities for teaching and research. 

In addition, UNE has the following rural research properties: Tullimba at Kingstown, and the Douglas McMaster Rural Research Station at Warialda.  

The Newling campus (associated with the former Armidale College of Advanced Education) located on Armidale's South Hill, includes the Newling Centre, home to the New England Conservatorium of Music.

Feature image: educational quotes adorn the stained glass windows of historic Booloominbah.