Elite Athletes

As a member of the Elite Athlete Friendly University (EAFU) network, The University of Newcastle is committed to supporting the endeavours of high level athletes to combine study and maintain their involvement in elite level sport.

Through the provision of academic support and flexibility, sport scholarships and world-class training facilities, UON and NUsport can assist in achieving a 'dual career' – that of sporting prestige and completion of tertiary study.

Of course while reasonable flexibility may be provided, it is recognised that academic standards must be and will be strictly applied.

The University of Newcastle has supported elite student-athletes in teams such as the Newcastle Jets, Newcastle Knights, NSW Waratahs and Matildas Football Team and has assisted athletes competing at Olympic, Commonwealth and World University Games.

What does it mean to be an Elite Athlete Friendly University?

Being able to combine sport and study creates a healthy balance and helps athletes to plan for their life after sport. You could call it an 'insurance plan' in case of injury.

As a member of the EAFU network, the University of Newcastle has a support scheme for elite student-athletes. The University has developed a number of systems to ensure there is sufficient flexibility to create a supportive environment conducive to the achievement of academic and sporting excellence.

As a result of this network, elite student-athletes are being identified at the start of their enrolment and gaining assistance with timetable planning and integrated scheduling of sport and study.

Defining Elite Athletes
Information for current UON students
Information for future UON students / school leavers

Application for Elite Athlete Status - Current Students

Use this application if you are currently a student of, or you have accepted an offer to study at, of the University of Newcastle.

Supporting documentation must be attached and may include items such as:

  • A statement or letter from the High Performance arm of your sport's state/national body
  • A statement or letter from your coach detailing how your achievements fit within the high performance / elite framework of your sport
  • News articles or results that provide evidence of your achievements / elite status.

Note: Applicants must be participating at an elite level in a sport that is governed by a body recognised by the Australian Sports Commission. See the list here.











 

Application for Elite Athlete Status - Future Students

Prospective students applying to study at the University of Newcastle can apply for elite athlete status. Applications will be assessed against eligibility criteria. Students who are verified as meeting criteria will be notified and a copy of the application and verification will be sent to the University's Admissions Team. Verified athletes may be eligible for:

  • Consideration for entry based on elite athlete status - up to five bonus points
  • Early offers - December Round (non-school leavers) / January Round 1 (school-leavers)

Applications for future students must be received by 31 October 2016.

If you do not meet current criteria, or your sport / organisation is not currently recognised by the Australian Sports Commission, you will be notified. You are welcome to apply for special consideration for admission on the grounds of your sporting achievements and how they have affected your study via the UON Admissions team. You can do so by submitting a statement outlining your achievements and how your sporting commitments have impacted on your studies, resulting in a lower ATAR or overall grades. Email this statement to admissions@newcastle.edu.au with your UAC application number as soon as possible.

Supporting documentation must be attached and may include items such as:

  • A statement or letter from the High Performance arm of your sport's state/national body
  • A statement or letter from your coach detailing how your achievements fit within the high performance / elite framework of your sport
  • News articles or results that provide evidence of your achievements / elite status.

Note: Applicants must be participating at an elite level or involved in junior high performance pathways in a sport that is governed by a body recognised by the Australian Sports Commission. See the list here.







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