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University of New England, Australia


University of New England, Australia

University of New England
File:Univ of New England Australia arms.png
Latin: Universitas Nova Anglia
Motto Ex sapientia modus (Latin: "Out Of Wisdom Comes Moderation")
Established 1954 (The University of New England)
1938 (New England University College, University of Sydney)
Type Public
Vice-Chancellor Prof James Barber
Admin. staff 1,500
Undergraduates 13,463
Postgraduates 4,433

Armidale, New South Wales, Australia
30°29′12″S 151°38′35″E / 30.4867°S 151.6430°E / -30.4867; 151.6430Coordinates: 30°29′12″S 151°38′35″E / 30.4867°S 151.6430°E / -30.4867; 151.6430

Campus Rural
Affiliations Regional Universities Network

The University of New England (UNE) is an Australian public university with approximately 20,000 higher education students. Its original and main campus is located in the city of Armidale in north central New South Wales.

The University of New England was the first Australian university established outside a state capital city.[1]

Each year, the University offers students more than $5 million in scholarships, prizes, and bursaries and more than $18 million for staff and students involved in research.[2]


The University of New England was originally established in 1938 as the New England University College, a College of the University of Sydney. It became fully independent in 1954.

The University of New England has undergone two major changes since 1989. The University of New England Act, 1989, created a network University consisting of: (i) a campus at Armidale, incorporating the former University of New England and the former Armidale College of Advanced Education; and (ii) a campus at Lismore, incorporating the former Northern Rivers College of Advanced Education. The following year the Orange Agricultural College joined the network University. The network also included the UNE-Coffs Harbour Centre, which provided courses from within academic departments of the Armidale and Lismore campuses.

The University of New England has been re-formed once again, with legislation (The University of New England Act, 1993 and the Southern Cross University Act, 1993) passed by both Houses of the New South Wales Parliament in November, 1993. This legislation had the effect of dismantling the network University. The University of New England from 1994 has only one campus, at Armidale. A new University (Southern Cross University) was created with campuses in Lismore and Coffs Harbour; the Orange campus was amalgamated with the University of Sydney.

The University of New England has, since 1989, included the former Armidale College of Advanced Education, which was amalgamated with the Armidale campus at the time of the creation of the network University. This process of amalgamation was complete by the time of the new legislation in 1993, and the dismantling of the network University had no effect on its status.[3]

The University was notified of plagiarism issues in November 2006. The University initiated several procedures, systems, and policies on 31 July 2007 to fortify its academic integrity. UNE New Policy.

In research, among many areas, it is particularly active in agricultural science, economics, linguistics and archaeology. The university averages approximately 700 PhD candidates at a given time.[4]


The University of New England is located on several sites in Armidale. The northern campus of the University is five kilometres to the northwest of the city centre, in a rural and bushland setting. Part of this campus includes the original property presented by the late Mr T R Forster to the University of Sydney for the establishment of a University College. This property comprised the old homestead, 'Booloominbah', together with several other buildings and 74 hectares of land. Since the original gift, a number of other generous benefactors have presented properties to the University, whose Armidale site now comprises some 260 hectares.[3]

Booloominbah and the Vice-Chancellor's residence Trevenna were both designed by architect John Horbury Hunt.

The Newling campus of the University includes the Newling Centre, home to the New England Conservatorium of Music, and other buildings associated with the former Armidale College of Advanced Education.

The University also possesses a number of rural properties in close proximity to the campus, providing facilities for teaching and research. In addition, there are the 'Tullimba' rural research property at Kingstown and the Douglas McMaster Rural Research Station at Warialda.[3]

The University of New England has one of the most extensive residential college systems in Australia. Around half of UNE’s on campus students live in one of the colleges.[5]

Distance education

Since 1955 teaching off-campus students by distance education has been an important part of the University's activities. UNE is now Australia's longest continuous provider of distance education and with more than 15,000 external students, is one of Australia's major providers of awards to off-campus students.[6]

Because UNE has a long history of teaching in this mode, its distance education programs provide extensive support systems to overcome those challenges faced by distance students.

Each subject (unit) requires approximately 15 hours of study per week, with the usual load for distance students being two units per semester.

Over 600 subjects offered by UNE are available by distance education, most via the internet. The University has students all over the world studying by distance education.

In February 2013, UNE launched uneOpen - offering free online open courses alongside pay-for-service premium products.[7]


UNE undertakes fundamental and applied research in many disciplines. Its scholars and scientists have established international reputations through their contributions in areas such as rural science, agricultural economics, educational administration, linguistics and archaeology. Collaborative research with other institutions includes projects with the CSIRO and the high profile Cooperative Research Centres. Through its research UNE seeks to assist in the economic, social and cultural advancement of Australia and in the advanced training of undergraduate and postgraduate students.[8]

UNE's principal research flagship is Animal Genetics which is serviced by the Animal Genetics and Breeding Unit (AGBU)[9] and delivered commercially by the Agricultural Business Research Institute (ABRI).[10]

Other research flagships include: Rural Education which is undertaken by the National Centre of Science, Information and Communication Technology, and Mathematics Education for Rural and Regional Australia (SiMERR)[11] Rural Communities, Landscapes and Practices which is led by the Institute for Rural Futures (IRF).[12]

Other targeted areas of research include:[8]

  • Environmental and Agricultural Change: Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation; Marine and Freshwater Biodiversity; Terrestrial Biodiversity; Natural Resource Management; Rural Futures; Australian Fauna; Vegetation Research; Sustainable Agriculture; Agricultural Genetics; Animal Research
  • Rural Health: Rural Medicine; Health Services Management; Bioactive Materials; Health Psychology; Gender, Health and Sexuality
  • Rural and Regional Education: School Science and Mathematics Education; School English and Literacy Education; Special Education and Diversity in Schools
  • Economics and Public Policy: Agricultural Economics; Applied Economics and Policy; Local Government; Business and Management; Higher Education Management and Policy
  • Asia Pacific Region : Failing States – Rising States; Empowering People, Developing Infrastructure; Conflict and Governance; Peace Studies; Migration
  • Frontiers and Boundaries: Australia's Regional Frontiers; The Arts, Media, Culture and Society; Ancient Societies; Language and Cognition; Believing and Thinking; Mathematics, Nonlinear and Complex Analysis
  • Law: Natural Resources Law and Policy; Law and Institutional Arrangements for Rural Communities
  • Security: Crime, Criminology and Justice; Biosecurity; IT Security
  • Water Perspectives: Water through History - Water Stories; Water Policy; Water Resources

Faculties and schools

The research and teaching staff of the University of New England, Australia, is divided into two faculties, which are in turn divided into 10 multi-disciplinary schools. Each faculty is headed by an Executive Dean. The faculties and schools are as follows:

  • Faculty of Arts and Sciences
    • School of Arts
    • School of Behavioural, Cognitive and Social Sciences
    • School of Humanities
    • School of Environmental and Rural Science
    • School of Science and Technology
  • Faculty of the Professions
    • School of Law
    • School of Education
    • School of Health
    • School of Rural Medicine[13]
    • UNE Business School

The University currently offers over 200 programs[14] in 23 discipline areas.[15]

Residential colleges

The University of New England has one of the most extensive residential college systems in Australia. Around half of UNE’s on campus students live in one of the colleges.[5]

  • Austin College
  • Drummond & Smith (amalgamation from 1997)
  • Duval College
  • Earle Page
  • Mary White
  • Robb College
  • St. Albert's College
  • S H Smith House (1929-1997; originally part of Armidale Teacher's College)
  • Wright College (1958–1995)
  • Wright Village (formerly Claude Street Flats)




  • Sir Robert Madgwick (1954–1966)
  • Sir Zelman Cowen (1966–1970)
  • Professor Alec Lazenby (1970–1977)
  • Professor Ronald Gates (1977–1985)
  • Professor Lawrence W Nicol (1985–1988)
  • Professor Don McNicol (1988–1990)
  • Professor Robert HT Smith (1990–1994)
  • Professor Bruce Thom (1994–1996)
  • Professor Ingrid Moses (1997–2006)
  • Professor Alan Pettigrew (2006–2010)[18]
  • Professor James Barber (current)[16]


More than 75,000 people now hold UNE qualifications, with many in senior positions in Australia and overseas.[1] The UNE Alumni are active in networking and contribute greatly to the University enabling the institution to continue expanding its work and offerings.[19]

See also


External links

  • University of New England
  • Map of the Main Campus
  • University of New England Alumni
  • UNExtra - UNEs prospective student networking site
  • uneOpen - UNEs MOOC site

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