News from our institutions - July 2019

30 Jul 2019


Renewed Bachelor of Arts

From 2020, Macquarie University will be the first university in Australia to offer a Bachelor of Arts with an additional e-portfolio of skills, enabling students to super-size their resume.

Macquarie has consulted with industry, including major consulting firms, technology firms, banks and recruitment firms, as well as public sector institutions, to build a renewed Bachelor of Arts with a focus on preparing students for a lifetime of careers.

Employers are increasingly valuing a range of transferable skills that are critical to success. Our e-portfolio will provide proof to future employers of the broad range of technical and transferable skills gained through studying, work experience, international placements and extracurricular activities. Students will receive tailored careers guidance throughout their degree from an e-portfolio advisor and career advisor.

With over 50 majors to choose from, Macquarie’s renewed bachelor of arts ensures that whatever one’s passion, our students will graduate ready to tackle the biggest challenges facing private and public sector organisations across a lifetime of careers.

Teacher education survey for ITE degrees

Prospective students wishing to study initial teacher education (ITE) degrees must now complete a survey before receiving an offer into any of Macquarie’s ITE degrees. When preferencing any Macquarie ITE degrees on UAC, prospective students will receive a notification and link to complete the survey. This is a new NESA requirement for all ITE degrees in NSW. Please note it can take up to 5 business days to process the survey and completing the survey does not guarantee entry into the nominated ITE degrees. If you have any questions, contact

Macquarie Leaders and Achievers Early Entry Scheme Applications Now Open

The Macquarie Leaders and Achievers scheme is available for students completing the NSW Higher School Certificate, ACT Senior Secondary Certificate or International Baccalaureate (IB) in 2019.

This scheme recognises academic achievement as well as activity beyond the classroom. Applicants are required to provide up to three examples of their involvement in leadership and service during Year 11 and/or Year 12. This may include voluntary or paid activities you participated in at your school or within your community.

If your application is successful, you will receive an offer to study at Macquarie in 2020 before you complete your final exams. Scholarships of $10,000 per year (for up to five years) will be awarded to the top 15 applicants.

Applications close: Monday 26 August 2019

Offer release dates are:

  • Thursday 15 August 2019
  • Thursday 12 September 2019
  • Thursday 3 October 2019

For more information call 02 9850 6767 or email

Bachelor of Cognitive and Brain Sciences – new undergraduate degree

Deciphering the operations of the mind and brain is one of the greatest scientific challenges facing human society in the 21st century. The Bachelor of Cognitive and Brain Sciences is for anyone interested in exploring how the mind and brain work. It offers a solid background in a wide spectrum of exciting research methods and disciplines within the cognitive and brain sciences.

This degree – the only one of its kind in Australia – will provide students with a strong foundation in the rapidly growing fields of cognitive science, neuroscience and computation, with an emphasis on building critical-thinking and research skills in areas such as science communication, statistics and programming.


2020 scholarships applications now open

SAE’s scholarships are awarded to Year 12 students who have demonstrated scholarly ability as well as strong leadership skills and creative potential. There are a range of scholarships on offer to assist students during their studies, these include:

  • Creative Media Full Scholarship
  • Creative Indigenous Full Scholarship
  • Creative Media Partial Scholarships

Applications are now open for the 2020 scholarship program. Applications close 31 October 2019. Find out more or apply.


New degrees for 2020

The University of Newcastle has five new degrees offered in 2020. Click on the link to view more details on these new opportunities.

Scholarship – Ma & Morley scholarship applications open August

The Ma & Morley Scholarship Program is a transformative experience offered to students of the University of Newcastle who want to change the world.

The program not only provides financial support to some scholars throughout their degree, but also provides them with opportunities to develop lifelong friendships and empowers scholars with the skills and global connections to uphold the program values.

Read about recent scholarship recipients in China meeting Jack Ma, co-founder of Alibaba Group and entrepreneur.

Creative collaboration with The Living End animates a new era

Creating a music video for an iconic Australian rock band is something 40 University of Newcastle students can proudly tick off their bucket list, after producing the official music video for The Living End’s new single ‘Not Like The Other Boys’. View behind the scenes action and message from the band.

The University’s strong partnerships with local and global organisations ensure everything you study is shaped by the real world. That means access to internships, work experience and industry connections across all our undergraduate degrees. Find out more about our current students’ recent work integrated learning experiences.

Changes to Port Macquarie Campus

On Thursday 20 June 2019, the University of Newcastle announced that it will no longer offer new undergraduate enrolments at their Port Macquarie campus. The changes will see a shift to postgraduate and research delivery at the campus. All currently enrolled students will be able to complete their studies locally.

The University is committed to the Port Macquarie region and will continue to work with local providers and stakeholders during the transition. Read the full announcement and more details.


UOW Early Admission

To help students prepare for UOW, Early Admission applications open on Thursday 1 August, the Early Admission website includes FAQs and important dates.

If you require further information about the UOW Early Admission program contact the UOW Student Recruitment team to request information, brochures or a visit to your school.

There will also be Early Admission sessions at UOW Open Day.

UOW accommodation pricing

UOW is happy to announce that from 2020 a new price structure will be applied to all of our student residences.

When students choose to live in a UOW residence, they gain access to a safe, supportive environment, and an extensive range of wellbeing, cultural, social, sporting and academic programs.

The newly priced offering provides a wide range of accommodation options at varying prices, with fees starting as low as $195 at Campus East for a flexi catered single room in a unit. In addition to their room, the weekly fee covers students’ internet quota, electricity, water and gas. Plus, all residences are fully furnished.

Applications for 2020 are now open. Interested students, parents and teachers can download the UOW Accommodation fees structure.

UOW Bachelor of Arts in Western Civilisation

Commencing in 2020, the UOW Bachelor of Arts in Western Civilisation is for students who are intellectually fearless and ready to ask the big questions.

Throughout this degree, students will learn:

  • how to confront questions about art, literature, science, philosophy and religion as they investigate topics such as the nature of selfhood, truth, reason and wisdom
  • how to engage in foundational debates rooted in the history of ideas that remain significant today
  • how to engage with great works that present many, plural and diverging perspectives from within Western traditions of thought and art, while also becoming acquainted with under-represented voices and perspectives from outside of those traditions
  • why focusing on great achievements of Western civilisation should never involve denigrating great achievements of other traditions, and why all of these achievements deserve our attention
  • how great ideas and art can shape us – our understanding of ourselves and the world – and how ideas can make a difference for good or ill.

Students can study the Bachelor of Arts in Western Civilisation as a single degree or double degree combination with the Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of International Studies, Bachelor of Creative Arts, or Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics.

Interested students, parents and teachers can register interest here and view the subject outline for further information.

UNSW Sydney

Law Admission Test (LAT) registrations are closing soon. On-time registration closes at 5:00pm on Friday 16 August. If you’re thinking of studying a Bachelor of Laws at UNSW, you will need to sit the LAT*. Register now.

* International students and Indigenous students undertaking the Pre-Law Program at UNSW are not required to sit the LAT

Western Sydney University

HSC Enrichment day

HSC Enrichment Day educates students in key areas of the HSC syllabus, curriculum development and examination techniques. Hosted by our academics alongside highly experienced HSC teachers, students will be taught how to best use materials and prepare for their HSC exams.

This event is aimed at students who are interested in pursuing further studies in the areas of Geography and Society & Culture.

When: Friday 23 August 2019, 9.00am-3.30pm

For more information and to register visit

The Academy Global Leaders program

The Academy Global Leaders Program at Western Sydney University is a pathway for students with exceptional potential to receive an early offer and a premium experience within the Academy.

It is available to current high school leavers who have applied for a Western Sydney University course as their first preference with UAC by 22 September 2019.

If you have demonstrated a high level of academic achievement and can provide evidence of leadership qualities and involvement within your school or community you may be eligible.

Key dates for the program are:

  • 17 July – applications open
  • 8 September – applications close.


Book your Music audition

The Bachelor of Music at Western Sydney University has an early offer pathway. To be eligible to receive an early offer into a music degree, you must book an audition in the early audition weeks.

Early Auditions are held on July 8-10 and September 16-19

Auditions will also be held on the following dates:

  • November 25-28
  • December/January and early February Tuesdays and Thursday.


Design Portfolio Day

Design Portfolio Day is aimed at Year 12 students who are looking for a career in graphic design, photography, illustration, art direction, or digital media design.

Students will have the opportunity to secure an early offer into our Bachelor of Design (Visual Communications) degree by attending an interview and presenting their portfolio.

Interviews will be held on 12 September 2019 at our Parramatta South campus. Register your interest now to be notified when interviews open.


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Future Student Information evenings

  • 16 September, Penrith campus, 6pm–7.30pm
  • 17 September, Campbelltown campus, 6pm–7.30pm

The event provides comprehensive information on pathways to study, courses available, scholarship opportunities, support services and university life for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Future students.