Orientation at UNE — your university journey starts here
Orientation at UNE is delivered in different ways depending on your mode of study (either on-campus or online or both) and is based on your commencing study period.
All students (regardless of study mode) should complete the Online Orientation unit - UNE101, (please check your UNE email account for details); on-campus students are also required to attend orientation programs at the Armidale campus.
Orientation is important and it is designed to help you make a successful transition into study.
The Theme for Orientation 2020 is Communities. We want to celebrate all the many and diverse communities that make up the community of scholars at UNE, wherever you may be in the world and however you choose to study with UNE.
Your student advisor
If you are a commencing student enrolled in Trimester 1, 2020, you will receive a call from one of our student advisors. Your student advisor will ask how you are going with your preparation for university study, answer any questions you might have about your enrolment, and provide some tips for your transition into university.
When you enrol at UNE, you will receive a welcome email providing you with some important information about your next steps. Make sure to check your email regularly as that's how the university gets information out to its students. Once you get your email, you can book your call from your student advisor at the time that best suits you.
Another good way for all students to keep informed, receive important updates, and interact with University support staff and other students is via social media. You can like and follow the Student Success Facebook Page, follow us on Instagram, or sign up to the Insiders' Guide blog for regular information and features.
On Campus Orientation - Trimester 1, 23-27 February 2020
Our on campus program is open to students studying on-campus and living in the New England area, students who are passing through town, or students here for an intensive school.
Sunday 23 February 2020, 3PM - 7PM - CommUNE - An Armidale Block Party: Join us in Booloominbah Drive for a event for students, staff and members of the Armidale community. The event will feature live music from Sydney Band The Strides; theatre sports; science displays; a Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony; and an official welcome from the Academic Board. The Oorala Aboriginal Centre and the UNE Mosque will be hosting open days with activities and food and there will also be food trucks, giant games, and carnival rides.
Monday 24 February 2020, 10AM - 12PM - Commencement Ceremony: Get gowned up for the official UNE welcome for commencing students in Lazenby Hall. This is the only time all On-Campus commencing students will be together at the same time. All students are required to wear academic robes (these will be provided to you - watch this space for details). Students are asked to be seated by 9:45AM for the academic procession at 10:00AM. There will be an all-student photo in gowns with the academics after the ceremony followed by a free BBQ.
Tuesday 25 February 2020, 10AM - 1PM - Lifesaver Day: Lifesaver Day is all about the things you can get involved with while you’re studying at UNE. Stallholders include clubs, student societies, support services, academic advice and local businesses. There will also be plenty of opportunities to sign up to get involved and start getting New England Award points. Guides will also be conducting regular campus tours on the day.
Wednesday 26 February 2020 - Thursday 27 February - Academic Programs: These are introductions to your academic schools where you will meet your Unit Coordinators, First Year Advisors, and other school support staff. We will be publishing more details as they come to hand, so watch this space.
UNE Sydney Orientation Program - 232 Church St, Parramatta - 22 February 2020
UNE Sydney will be hosting an Orientation session for newly enrolled and resuming domestic students. The session will take place on Saturday 22 February 2020 from 10AM - 2PM. This is a great opportunity to meet fellow students and to familiarise yourself with the facilities available at UNE Sydney. Make sure to check back here regularly. A link to the registration page will be available shortly.
Please ensure you bring your Wi-Fi enabled laptop or tablet and student login details so you can take part in activities and practice navigating during the session.
Regional Study Centres and UNE Tamworth - Getting Started Workshops
UNE Tamworth is holding a Getting Started session on Saturday 29 February 2020, for students commencing in Trimester 1, 2020. Please watch this space for registration.
If you're a student in the Taree/Port Macquarie region, you are invited to participate in a one-on-one Getting Started session at the UNE Study Centre in Taree. Sessions are available Monday to Friday between 9am-5pm. To arrange your session, please get in touch with your UNE Taree Study Centre directly via the contact details here.
Parents & Partners, Friends & Supporters of our Commencing Students
We understand that this time of year can be just as exciting and important for you, supporting one of our new students, as it is for those commencing their studies with us!
There are a lot of things to learn and to be aware of, so to help you feel equipped to support your student you might like to check out this helpful information booklet.