Sheep and Wool Science


UNE is the only university in Australia to offer a comprehensive range of sheep and wool units developed and funded by industry bodies. The Australian Wool Education Trust (AWET) developed the following units and scholarships to educate students and encourage them into a career in the Australian sheep and wool industry.

The units cover all aspects of the Australian sheep and wool industry and supply chain, from farm to fabric. University students from across Australia participate in the sheep and wool units offered by UNE creating a unique opportunity to develop contacts and networks across Australia.

Opportunities and Careers in Sheep and Wool Science

Why Study Sheep and Wool Science at UNE?

UNE is located in Armidale, NSW, in the heart of premium fine wool country. At UNE there is ready access to sheep and wool science teaching and research resources, including University rural properties and animal houses, fully equipped wool laboratory and industry body headquarters.

Sheep and wool research is conducted at UNE in conjunction with CSIRONSW DPI, and Sheep CRC co-supervisors in the areas of economics, genetics, biochemistry, nutrition, wool metrology, animal welfare and animal health.

Please visit the School of Environmental and Rural Science home page for further details.


The Australian Wool Education Trust (AWET), the Sheep CRC, Australian Wool Innovation, and Meat and Livestock Australia have also contributed to the development of these units.

All units are available via distance education and cross-institutional enrolment (see 'Enrolment' below for more details).

WOOL312/412/512 - Sheep Production
/422/ 522 - Wool Marketing and Clip Preparation
/482 - Wool Processing
WOOL372/472 - Wool Technology
- Fundamentals of Sheep and Wool Production
/450 - Sheep Management

Further Information on the Sheep and Wool units


Cross-institutional enrolment

Cross-institutional enrolment in the UNE sheep and wool units is available with the following universities:

  • Adelaide University
  • Charles Sturt University
  • Curtin University
  • Marcus Oldham College
  • Murdoch University
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Sydney
  • University of Tasmania
  • University of Western Australia
  • University of Western Sydney


1. Go to Forms and Procedures

2. Click on Cross-Institutional, Non-Award Admission and Enrolment

3. Fill out the "UNE Home Provider Endorsement Form" ensuring you get your home university to sign this form.  "All Cross Institutional applicants must include approval from your home institution", for the unit to count toward your degree.

4. Fill out Apply online

Ensure that you attach your completed "UNE Home Provider Endorsement Form" as your application will not be processed without this form.


5. You will then receive an offer letter by mail from UNE to enrol in your unit(s). There are clear instructions at the end of this letter on how to ENROL.

6. You then go back online to ENROL:

Students new to the University will have to establish their UNE username and password, which can be done by clicking on the link "Enrolling for the first time to UNE? Register your account here"

7. If the message "why is this invalid" comes up this is due to prerequisites. Go to AskUNE and state that you are cross-institute and meet pre-requisite from home institute (3rd or 4th year students only).

8. Check your enrolment on You will not receive unit material until you have completed enrolment.

Enrolment dates

UNE may have different semester dates and semester breaks than your home University. To ensure you don't have trouble enrolling start the enrolment process at least 3 weeks before trimester starts. You can enroll for all three trimesters at the start of the year. If you find it necessary to drop units this needs to be done before the unit 'last day to withdraw'. This and other important UNE dates can be found at Principal Dates.


The Australian Wool Education Trust is proudly offering an undergraduate sheep and wool scholarship to all students across universities who offer agricultural studies. The scholarship is aimed at enabling students to access specialised training in sheep and wool. The scholarship is available to first, 2nd and third year students. The scholarship stipend is valued at $6000/year (tax exempt).

The successful student must show a passion for the sheep and wool industry and aspirations to build a career in the industry. The successful student will be required to complete at least two sheep and wool subjects offered by the University of New England.

Scholarships are now open until May 31st 2019. Please find the application form here. Please email your application to James Preston.

For more information, please contact Dr James Preston via email or phone - 0401743236

Further information about AWET Scholarships

About the Australian Wool Education Trust


The Australian Wool Education Trust (AWET) developed and funds the delivery of the sheep and wool units offered at UNE. To further encourage students to study sheep and wool
science AWET also provides financial support to students to travel to and from the intensive schools.

AWET has supported students studying agricultural based degrees across Australia through the AWET undergraduate scholarship for over 7 years and also offers scholarships for honours research into sheep and wool science.

AWET is administered by 8 Trustees, 3 appointed by the Australian Wool Testing Authority Ltd (AWTA LTD), 3 appointed by Australian Wool Innovation Ltd (AWI) and 2 by the Federation of Australian Wool Organisations (FAWO).

The Trust is an independent body, with policy being fully determined by the Trustees without influence from AWTA Ltd, AWI or FAWO.

More information

For more information about AWET and their current work visit their website, Woolwise.

This website is an on-line resource for educators, researchers, consultants, students and other stakeholders in the wool industry.

To contact the AWET:

AWET Secretary, Mr Peter Sommerville.
Mail: C/- AWTA Ltd, 70 Robertson Street, Kensington, VIC, 3031
Telephone: +61 3 9371 4105
Facsimile: +61 3 9371 4191

Wool Student Surveys

Each year, students undertaking the wool units are asked to participate in a survey to determine why students enrol in the wool units, and to assess student satisfaction with these units. Results from these surveys can be found here.

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Enquiries about studying sheep and wool science at UNE:


Wool Science Lecturer and Wool Scholarship Coordinator
Dr Emma Doyle

Phone: +61 2 6773 3094
Fax: +61 2 6773 3922

For general and administrative enquiries, AskUNE.