University of Newcastle ranks highly in social equity rating

UoN received its top score in the ‘Social Equity’ index in The Good Universities Guide 2019.

Source: The Good Universities Guide 2019

UoN also retained its place in the top ten universities for teacher qualifications, with 80 per cent of academic staff holding doctoral qualifications, according to figures from 2016 used by the Guide.

A spokesperson from the University of Newcastle said the results showed the institution’s dedication to providing education to “talented students from all walks of life”.

“We are a sector leader in terms of the proportion of students from non-traditional backgrounds enrolled in our degrees, so this result is even further evidence of our dedication to supporting motivated and talented students regardless of their pathway to university,” she said.

Despite dropping from the top twenty per cent of universities for the ‘learning resources’ and student retention ratings since last year, Ross White, the head of data and analytics for Good Education Group, which produces The Good Universities Guide, said Newcastle’s results were stable.

“University of Newcastle’s results have remained steady in The Good Universities Guide 2019 compared to last year’s edition,” he said.

“Newcastle retained five-star ratings for Overall Student Experience and Social Equity, with the highest proportion of students commencing from a low socioeconomic background in New South Wales.”

The University of Newcastle

Rating information on the University of Newcastle from the 2019 Good Universities Guide.

Source: The Good Universities Guide 2019

The university’s weakest result was in learning engagement, with student feedback placing it in the bottom six of Australian universities.

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This article originally appeared in the Newcastle Herald – University of Newcastle ranks highly in social equity rating

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