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The University of New England

The University of New England ( UNE ) is the smart choice for students of the future. UNE combines the highest academic standards and industry-valued qualifications with flexible modes of learning.

A Reputation for Excellence

The University of New England was the first Australian university established outside a capital city. With a history extending back to the 1920s, UNE has a well-earned reputation as one of Australia’s great teaching, training and research universities.

Its graduates consistently rate their experience at UNE highly, a reflection of the University’s commitment to student support. More than 75,000 people now hold UNE qualifications, with many in senior positions in Australia and overseas. UNE has built up its academic profile to the point where it now has more than 500 PhD candidates, an important sign of the University’s academic vigour and rigour.

Support for Students

Each year, the University offers students more than $2.5 million in scholarships, prizes, and bursaries and more than $18 million for staff and students involved in research. Through the University’s broad network of international partnerships, many UNE students have opportunities to travel overseas without having to defer their studies.

Studying from a Distance

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 still one of Australia ‘s major providers of awards to off-campus students. Increasingly, the flexibility offered by external study is proving a significant attraction to those pursuing a tertiary education.

Learning Online at University of New England

With more than 12,500 of its 17,000 students studying via the Internet, UNE is at the forefront of online learning. UNE students, who have access to 600 subjects online, are finding that Internet learning is a whole new experience that offers greater flexibility for study and a new way of working and communicating with supervisors and fellow students. All students at UNE are provided with internet access and email accounts.

Learning on Campus

The majority of first-year, on-campus students choose to live in on campus residences, within easy walking distance of lectures and tutorials. In addition to providing food and lodgings, the colleges offer organised social activities as well as academic and pastoral support networks.

The University prides itself that students from more than 50 nations study on-campus, providing a cosmopolitan atmosphere. The campus is well equipped with its own child-care, medical facilities, a post office, credit union, shops and restaurant, as well as the full range of sporting facilities. A regular bus service links the campus to town.

Research Excellence

UNE is internationally recognised as one of the great teaching and research universities. The university 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 assists in the economic, social and cultural advancement of Australia and in the advanced training of undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Services :

24/7 Campus Safety Centre

The UNE Campus Safety Centre ( B089 ) is located in the College precinct near the corner of Elm Avenue and Handel St. It is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. A Safety & Security officer is always available to attend any urgent incident or provide a helpful presence if for any reason you feel concerned for your safety. Services provided include:

  • General Enquiries
  • ID Card & Building Access
  • Parking Assistance & Way Finding
  • Lost Property
  • Incident Reporting
  • Flat Battery Assistance
  • Maps & General Directions

Campus Services

Campus Services as part of Facilities Management Services supports the UNE Strategic Plan in providing a “Quality living and learning environment”. Through the provision of a 24 hour Safety & Security Service, Cleaning Services, Relocation Services, Event Bookings, Fire Training and Mail Services. Campus Services has a very interactive relationship with staff, students and visitors to the University campus.

Over the years this section has been innovative in providing services such as the Walker Reviver, Night Ride and UNEWISE Personal Safety Awareness programs for students and staff. This has resulted in the building of trust between students and particularly Safety & Security which has resulted in higher service provision.

Campus Services has also established best practice delivery of services in establishing partnerships with private companies for the provision of a mix of services that represents best value for money to the University and high levels of performance.


The University of New England is committed to sound environmental management in all of its operations, teaching and research programs. The University is also committed to the principles of sustainability and as such it supports the future sustainability of the various rural and regional communities that it constitutes.

The University recognizes its responsibility, as part of the global community and as an educator of future leaders, to encourage and show leadership in the use of ecologically sustainable practices that will help preserves our environment for current and future generations.

The University has demonstrated this commitment with the creation of policy that works to guide and develop high level environmental outcomes. These are the core policies which were developed to influence the procedures and principles that govern all University activities and operations.

The Environment and Sustainability Policy outlines the University’s commitment to ensuring best environmental practices and mandates the continuous development of an Environmental Management Program 2008 – 2013. This program provides a systematic approach to avoiding or mitigating environmental impacts derived from University activities or operations.

The Energy Management Policy outlines the University’s commitment to optimising energy use and mandates that new / renovated buildings meet efficiencies under UNE Design Standards

Mail Services

The U.N.E. Mail Service, which is located in building N3, is a unit of Campus Services which is, in turn, a section of Facilities Management Services. The Mail Service has a designated role as an intermediary between the external mail and freight service providers and the various faculties / divisions within the U.N.E. Business hours for the Mail Service are 8.00 am to 4.00 pm on normal working weekdays.

The Mail Service operates on a “cost only” recovery basis, IE. Only costs imposed by external providers are passed on to the Cost Centres serviced.  Therefore to ensure maximum cost effectiveness is derived, through current contracts and economies of scale, it is desirable that the Mail Service always be used as an intermediary for outgoing mail and freight services together with the purchase of associated product.

The Mail Service also undertakes a sorting and distribution service for internal transfers of mail, parcels, files, paper, envelopes, external student assignments, and other miscellaneous items. It also provides forklift, and gas bottle refill, services.

The University may, at its discretion, provide mail services to non-core University operations, associated entities or other parties. Provision of such services will be contingent upon an application and formal approval by relevant University authorities.

Public Entertainment

Theatres & Halls

Facilities Management Services ( FMS ) manages the Arts A1 Theatre, a 283 seat proscenium arch raked auditorium theatre with a fly tower housing 28 counterweighted lines, and Lazenby Hall, a 856 seat proscenium arch semi-raked auditorium with limited winched fly lines. Both the Arts A1 Theatre and Lazenby Hall currently hold public licenses and are available throughout the year for external hires. FMS administers links between the University of New England and potential Hirers of university venues. Bookings made by the University of New England for Teaching & Learning activities are seen as part of our core business and as such have priority.

Lazenby Hall

Lazenby Hall and Annex is located adjacent to the University Union Bistro and currently holds a public performance license to seat no more than 938 patrons. ( Please note maximum seating in Lazenby is currently 856 due to stage extension )

The Balcony contains seating for 96 patrons on three levels. Once the seats are removed the tiers can be retracted. The flat floor area located in front of the raked seating contains seating for 285 patrons, once the chairs are removed this area becomes a performance area which is popular with musicians. Raked seating to the rear of the auditorium provides seating for 572 patrons. Once the chairs have been removed the raked levels are retracted to expose a completely flat auditorium floor.

Lazenby Hall remains popular with Hirers because of its size and its lively acoustics which suit most music presentation. Lazenby has a small sound and lighting rig for day to day needs which also satisfies a non-demanding Hirer.

Arts A1 Lecture Theatre

Since its commissioning in 1967, the Arts Theatre has been the focal point in the region for student, amateur and professional theatre productions and musical events. It is a purpose-built 300 seat proscenium arch theatre with a fly-tower and raked auditorium.

The Arts Theatre provides an intimate setting for :

  • Theatre and Musical Theatre
  • Music Performance
  • Lectures and conferences

The venue is supported by the facilities and resources of the University offering a complete professional environment for audience, presenters and performers.

Major upgrades completed in January 2000 include the renewal of seating and flooring materials; refinishing of the timber walls; new doors and door furniture; improved access and utilities for the disabled; and, upgrades to lighting, communication and audio-visual equipment.

Contact The University of New England

University of New England
Armidale NSW 2351, Australia.
Telephone : +61 2 6773 3333

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