Frequently Asked Questions

The RIDBC Renwick Centre observes the calendar of the University of Newcastle. To assist you in planning your study, please refer to the semester dates which provides information on the semester weeks, University vacations and examination periods.

I have changed my address. Who should I advise?

Amend your address via Myhub and also email your new details to the Centre Secretary.

Are campus conferences compulsory?

If a campus conference has been scheduled for a course, it should be considered compulsory. Students are required to attend the campus conference in its entirety.

Is a practicum a compulsory component of my MSpecEd program?

All students completing the Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Blind/Vision Impaired or Sensory Disability specialisations are required to complete a practicum. Qualified teachers are required to complete a supervised teaching practicum. Students who do not hold a teaching qualification are required to complete an alternative practicum that is relevant to their profession and study goals. Students who commenced study in 2014 or earlier must complete a practicum via enrolment in EDUC6666. Students who commenced study in 2015 or later are required to complete a practicum via enrolment in EDUC6855. Further details about the requirements of practicum may be obtained by contacting Alison Hawkins-Bond, Practicum Coordinator.

I have nearly completed my study. Can you tell me more about graduation?

Graduates of Renwick Centre specialisations will be invited to two graduation ceremonies.

The University of Newcastle will qualify you for your degree and invite you to the next round of graduations either in the April or October that follows completion of your study. The University ceremony is a grand event and is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate your achievement. The ceremony is conducted on the Callaghan campus.

Renwick Centre graduates will also be invited to the RIDBC Annual General Meeting in May of the year following completion of studies. Conducted at RIDBC, the Annual General Meeting will be followed by the presentation of Renwick Centre certificates to graduates. All graduates and their families and friends are invited to attend supper.

Graduates may elect to attend one, both or neither ceremony. If unable to attend a ceremony, documents will be posted to you.

Following completion of your studies, please ensure you continue to check your student email address and also maintain your contact details (postal address and phone) with the University to ensure you receive information about your graduation ceremonies.