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First taste of uni life for prospective students


Up to 4,000 prospective students will get their first taste of uni life this weekend at the annual Newcastle Open Day.

The event, scheduled for Saturday 27 August, is the first time the University of Newcastle campuses have staged an in-person Open Day since 2019, with Callaghan and City opening to the public.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Alex Zelinsky AO said it was a great opportunity for potential pupils and the community.

“It gives them a chance to get hands-on with our technology, learn about the courses and talk to students and teachers about what studying at our university is like,” he explained.

“There is a real buzz during Open Day – whether you are finishing high school or thinking about a career change, there’s a place for you at the University of Newcastle.

“I really encourage people to come down and learn more about your study options.

“There will be music, interactive learning experiences like a mock courtroom and a broadcast studio and free food products created by our alumni.

“We’ll welcome thousands of Hunter locals to the event, as well as visitors from areas further afield like Trangie and Tamworth.

“We’re excited to have so many people coming to our regions to learn about our programs and we will have targeted information for both school leavers and non-school leavers to learn about their study options.”

Professor Zelinsky said attendees would also see some of the university’s new upgrades, which have been completed over the past three years since the last in-person Open Day.

“Providing state-of-the-art facilities is an important aspect of the learning experience at our university,” he stated.

“This will be the first time the community will be able to witness a few of our new learning spaces, like the Radiology Medical Imaging Suite, Nuclear Medicine Radiopharmacy Labs and Physiotherapy Labs that provide technology you would find in some of the best hospitals.”

Laura Hyslop, who is a student at Charlton Christian College, will attend Open Day.

She’s hoping to study Occupational Therapy.

“I have always loved the idea of helping people in some way,” she explained.

“I’ve been thinking about different pathways to help people.

“I’d like to get into the Occupational Therapy program, then work with children because I like the idea of making their life easier and better.

“I’m looking forward to being able to see where I will be studying and familiarise myself with the university, so that when I do come here to study, I’ll know my way around a little bit, and it won’t all be so new.”

To find out more, and register to attend, visit

Newcastle Open Day

  • Date: Saturday 27 August
  • Time: 9am – 3pm
  • Location: University of Newcastle Callaghan Campus, University of Newcastle City Campus (NUspace and Q Building)

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