UNE welcomes an increase in numbers of new students

Published 24 January 2011

student_groupThe University of New England is pleased with the main-round offers it received from the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) on Friday. The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Jim Barber, welcomed the results, which highlight some significant increases for the University.

“In comparison to the same period in 2010, UNE has seen an increase in new commencing students both through direct applications and via application from UAC,” Professor Barber said.

Current figures indicate that UNE has enrolled 3,487 new students so far in 2011.

Professor Barber said that UNE was continuing to build on its reputation as a high-calibre institution offering a diverse range of courses and flexible learning opportunities. “We’ve seen positive growth across the overall suite of courses on offer at UNE,” he said. “I’ve also been very pleased to note that the new courses we introduced in 2010 have enjoyed an increase in application and offers in 2011.

“In particular, our Sports Sciences programs have all seen a boost in numbers, as have our continuingly popular Bachelor of Criminology, Bachelor of Zoology, Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Biomedical Science degrees. Our second intake of Pharmacy students will also increase, and this is a very encouraging result, given that UNE raised the ATAR for Pharmacy from 88 to 91 for 2011 admissions.

“It’s clear that interest in the sciences is growing at UNE. This is a significant trend: we have introduced Animal Science as a new course for 2011 and this degree has experienced an outstanding first-year round of offers. That’s a very encouraging result, because it shows us we’re on the right track in our preparations for the new demand-driven funding environment.”

UNE will also introduce Bachelor of Sustainability, Bachelor of Historical Inquiry & Practice, and Bachelor of Financial Services degree programs in 2011.

“Our established Arts, Nursing, Health and Education degrees are maintaining their consistently strong numbers also, and we’ve seen the Joint Medical Program fill its quota of places once again,” Professor Barber said. “This is great news for the region, which relies on increased intellectual investment in the areas of health and education.”

While UNE continues to diversify into industry-relevant degree programs, the University’s long-held traditions of excellence in Arts and Social Sciences will continue in 2011.

“UNE provides many alternative pathways for those without formal educational qualifications, and I would urge all those with an interest in studying at UNE to ring our Future Students’ Team on 1800 818 865 or visit the UNE Web site,” Professor Barber said. “Late applications for February 2011 commencement are being accepted until the end of January.”