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University of New England (Australia)

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University of New England
Univ of New England Australia arms.png
Latin: Universitas Nova Anglia
Former names
New England University College of the University of Sydney
MottoEx sapientia modus
Motto in English
Out Of Wisdom Comes Moderation
ChancellorJames Harris FRSN
Vice-ChancellorProf. Brigid Heywood
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Location, ,
30°29′12″S 151°38′35″E / 30.4867°S 151.6430°E / -30.4867; 151.6430
Logo of the University of New England (Australia).svg

The University of New England (UNE) is a public university in Australia with approximately 22,500 higher education students. Its original and main campus is located in the city of Armidale in northern central New South Wales. UNE was the first Australian university established outside a state capital city.[2]

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.[3][4]

In the 2019 Student Experience Survey, UNE recorded the sixth-highest student satisfaction rating out of all Australian universities, and the highest student satisfaction rating out of all public universities in New South Wales, with an overall satisfaction rating of 83.2.[5][6] The university ranks consistently at the bottom of league tables of Australian universities.[7]



The University of New England was preceded by the New England University College, which was founded in 1938 as part of the University of Sydney. The College became fully independent as the University of New England in 1954, after the entry into force of the University of New England Act 1953 (NSW). The university established a faculty of education in 1967.

Transition to a network university

The University of New England underwent a major restructuring in 1989. The University of New England Act 1989 (NSW) turned UNE into a network university with multiple locations. These consisted of a campus at Armidale, which incorporated the former University of New England and the Armidale College of Advanced Education; and 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.[8]

Return to campus format

In November 1993, the University of New England was re-formed once again, with the passage of the University of New England Act 1993 (NSW) and the Southern Cross University Act 1993) (NSW) through the New South Wales Parliament. 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 amalgamation of the former Armidale College of Advanced Education was complete by the time of the new legislation. In the same year, a law school was established.


In 2020, the University of New England was impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Early in the year, the University became a potential exposure site, and students and faculty underwent viral tests.[9] In September of that year, a staff restructuring was announced, with the goal of saving $20 million annually in wage costs and preparing the university for future opportunities, at the expense of 100 positions.[10]


The University of New England is on several sites in Armidale. The northern campus 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 T R Forster to the University of Sydney for the establishment of a University College. This property comprised the old homestead, 'Booloominbah', with several other buildings and 74 hectares of land. Since the original gift, other generous benefactors have presented properties to the university, whose Armidale site now comprises some 260 hectares.[11]

Booloominbah Homestead at night
Booloominbah Homestead at night

Booloominbah and the Vice-Chancellor's residence Trevenna were 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 possesses rural properties close 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.[11]

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.[12]

In 2020, the university revealed plans to construct a campus in Tamworth by 2031.[13]


University rankings
QS World[14]801-1000
THE World[15]-
ARWU World[16]501-600
US News World[17]750
CWTS Leiden World[18]959
Australian rankings
QS National[14]34-36
THE National[19]-
ARWU National[20]24-26
US News National[21]32
ERA National[23]26[22]

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.[24]

UNE's principal research flagship is Animal Genetics and Livestock Breeding which is serviced by the Animal Genetics and Breeding Unit (AGBU)[25] and delivered commercially by the Agricultural Business Research Institute (ABRI).

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)[26] Rural Communities, Landscapes and Practices which is led by the Institute for Rural Futures (IRF).[27]

Other targeted areas of research include:[24]

  • 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

Academic faculties

The research and teaching staff of the University of New England, Australia, is divided into three faculties that together contain nine multi-disciplinary schools.

  • Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education
    • School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
    • School of Education
  • Faculty of Science, Agriculture, Business and Law
    • School of Environmental and Rural Science
    • School of Science and Technology
    • School of Law
    • UNE Business School
  • Faculty of Medicine and Health
    • School of Health
    • School of Psychology
    • School of Rural Medicine

The university offers over 200 programs[28] in 23 discipline areas.

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.[12]

As at 2019, the residential colleges are:[29]


The current Chancellor is James Harris FRSN, who succeeded John Watkins in 2014.[30]

The current Vice-Chancellor is Brigid Heywood who succeeded Annabelle Duncan in July 2019.[31]

Student representation

UNE's student body began in 1940, and is currently encapsulated by the University of New England Students' Association.


According to a 2017 Australian Human Rights Commission report based on optional surveys given to students, UNE had the highest reported rate of sexual assaults at universities in Australia, with 4% of respondents saying they had been sexually assaulted; the average rate across all universities was 1.6%.[32][33] Under a previous 2016 freedom of information request UNE had reported there were 22 officially reported cases of sexual assaults on campus over the previous five years, resulting in two expulsions, no suspensions and seven warnings.[34] In February 2017 vice-chancellor Annabelle Duncan said that past UNE policies dealing with sexual harassment did not allow management to handle some cases satisfactorily.[35]


As of 2011, more than 106,000 people hold qualifications from UNE, with many in senior positions in Australia and overseas.[36] There is an active alumni network which contributes to the University, enabling the institution to continue expanding its work and offerings.[37]

See also


  1. ^ "UNE Overview". University of New England. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  2. ^ "About UNE". University of New England. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  3. ^ "Scholarships". University of New England. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  4. ^ "HDR Scholarships". University of New England. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  5. ^ "2019 Student Experience Survey" (PDF). Retrieved 19 June 2020.
  6. ^ Baker, Jordan. "UNSW students least satisfied in the country, survey shows". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 19 June 2020.
  7. ^ "World University Rankings: Australia".
  8. ^ "Amalgamation and its aftermath". University of New England. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  9. ^ Messenger, Andrew. "Coronavirus: UNE staff, students tested for COVID-19 as university prepares outbreak plan". Armidale Express. Retrieved 28 February 2021.
  10. ^ Bernasconi, Amelia; Craig, Haley (24 September 2020). "Uni of New England slashes more than 100 jobs in restructure". ABC News. Retrieved 28 February 2021.
  11. ^ a b "History". University of New England. Archived from the original on 25 February 2011. Retrieved 1 March 2011.
  12. ^ a b "UNE Accommodation". University of New England. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  13. ^ Furlong, Caitlin (21 August 2021). "University of New England unveils plans for Tamworth campus by 2031". ABC News. Retrieved 28 February 2021.
  14. ^ a b "QS World University Rankings 2021". Quacquarelli Symonds Limited.
  15. ^ "World University Rankings 2021". Times Higher Education.
  16. ^ "Academic Ranking of World Universities 2020". Shanghai Ranking Consultancy.
  17. ^ "U.S. News and World Report Best Global Universities Rankings". U.S. News and World Report.
  18. ^ "CWTS Leiden Ranking 2020". Centre for Science and Technology Studies, Leiden University.
  19. ^ "THE 2021 - Australia". Times Higher Education.
  20. ^ "Academic Ranking of World Universities 2020 - Australia". Shanghai Ranking Consultancy.
  21. ^ "U.S. News and World Report Best Global Universities in Australia". U.S. News and World Report.
  22. ^ Hare, Julie; Ross, John (4 December 2015). "ERA Research Excellence Rankings Analysis". The Australian. Archived from the original on 4 August 2017. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  23. ^ "Australian University Rankings". Australian Education Network.
  24. ^ a b "Research". University of New England. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  25. ^ "Animal Genetics and Breeding Unit". University of New England. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  26. ^ "SiMERR Home". SiMERR National Research Centre. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  27. ^ "The Institute for Rural Futures". University of New England. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  28. ^ "Browse Courses". University of New England. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  29. ^ "Residential Colleges". University of New England. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  30. ^ "New England grazier James Harris named as UNE's new Chancellor". University of New England. 20 November 2014. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  31. ^ "Professor Brigid Heywood appointed as next Vice Chancellor of UNE". University of New England. 18 April 2019. Retrieved 16 July 2019.
  32. ^ "Search how every university in Australia ranks for sexual harassment and assault". The Age. 1 August 2017. Retrieved 2 August 2017.
  33. ^ Bagshaw, Eryk (2 August 2017). "'We should all be shocked' leader of university with worst results comforts students". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2 August 2017.
  34. ^ Funnell, Nina (10 October 2016). "Full list of universities exposed by sexual assault investigation". News Limited. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  35. ^ Bagshaw, Eryk (27 February 2017). "'Devastating' report shows universities are 'failing' students". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2 August 2017.
  36. ^ "Alumni of Distinction and Award Winners". University of New England. Retrieved 2 August 2017.
  37. ^ "Alumni and Giving". University of New England. Retrieved 2 August 2017.

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