New city campus ‘different’ university

THE University of Newcastle’s proposed city campus would not have  a large lecture theatre and 80per cent of studies would be  online, the university’s vice-chancellor predicts.

Professor Caroline McMillen discussed  plans for a new city campus at a Newcastle Institute forum at Newcastle City Hall last night. 

Professor McMillen said the ‘‘New Space Project’’  would be a ‘‘completely different version of a traditional university where we can pilot new teaching and learning’’.

Professor McMillen said the university was looking at ways to ‘‘start stripping out the traditional forms of engagement’’. 

‘‘There won’t be a large lecture theatre in this building because we want to change what we do and how we engage in the learning process,’’ she said. ‘‘It will look different, it will be different, it will be an exciting building.

‘‘Where as you used to come into the university and have a lecture and then go home and think about it now you can engage in a lecture anywhere and come into the university to work with people and think your way through it with your teachers.’’

She said moving  2000 to 3000  students into the CBD would ‘‘change the landscape of the city’’ and ‘‘provide a vibrant hub that students and their families will want to come to’’. 

Professor McMillen said the university had a ‘‘clear plan’’ for a new campus but it hinged on federal government funding.

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