University of Newcastle: Central Coast to host University of Newcastle’s first in-person Open Day since 2019

Around 1,500 prospective students and members of the public are expected to stream through the University of Newcastle’s Ourimbah Campus this Saturday as the University throws open its doors for the first in-person Open Day since 2019.

The Open Day will give people considering studying the chance to get a taste of campus life, meet academics and students, get advice on their study options and be inspired by interactive demonstrations, displays, talks and tours.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Global, Professor Kent Anderson explained Open Day is a chance for both school-leavers and people who might be in the workforce to find out more about studying at the University of Newcastle.

“Open Day is about giving students a first-hand look at what studying at the University is like.

“Each year more than half of our new students are people who are not finishing their HSC, so if you’re looking for a career change or just to see what the opportunities are out there, come along and ask us.

“Studying at our University is hands-on, so you will be able to try learning experiences including a virtual reality midwifery experience that allows students to view all stages of pregnancy. You will also be able to determine how to provide the lowest-cost electricity to a city’s infrastructure and try to beat a lie detector test from the School of Psychological Sciences.”

The University has strengthened its commitment to the Central Coast in recent years with completion of the of the University of Newcastle Central Coast Clinical School and Central Coast Research Institute.

The construction of a campus in the heart of Gosford on Mann Street due for completion in 2025-26 is the latest important milestone in this commitment.

Activations and staff from the Central Coast Clinical School will be at the Ourimbah campus to give prospective students a taste of what is on offer at the clinical school.

Vice Chancellor, Professor Alex Zelinsky AO, who will be attending the Open Day explained, “People on the Central Coast should have the same expectations as people in Sydney of being able to access world-class university education on their doorstep.

“Almost 3,500 people study on the Central Coast already and we want people to be able to study, live and then work here on the Central Coast. Our University’s vision is for an integrated multi-campus program that meets the needs of the growing Central Coast community now and into the future.”