University of New England

The University of New England (UNE) in northern New South Wales was formed in 1938 as a College of the University of Sydney and became fully independent in 1954. UNE pioneered teaching to external students by correspondence, making it Australia's most experienced provider of distance and now online education.

Australia's oldest regional university, UNE offers more than 200 courses at undergraduate, postgraduate coursework and higher-degree research levels. In 2012 UNE had more than 20,000 current students and 1,200 staff.

Research priorities at UNE include food and water security, climate change, health and wellbeing, regional and rural development, including Australia's regional identity.

Research Centres and Institutes at the university include the AgLaw Centre, the Animal Genetics and Breeding Unit, the Centre for Applied Research in Social Science, the Centre for Local Government, the CRN - Mental Health, Cooperative Research Centres, the Heritage Futures Research Centre, the Institute for Rural Futures, SiMERR, and various multi-discipline research projects.

The Precision Agriculture Research Group (PARG) at UNE is a multidisciplinary team engaged in the development and application of sensors and practices in precision agriculture. Formed in 2002, the group runs various externally-funded research projects that involve organisations such as the Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information (CRCSI), Grape & Wine Research & Development Corporation (GWRDC), Sugar Research and Development Corporation (SRDC), Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) and Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA).

To conduct its fieldwork, PARG is equipped with some of the latest sensors and positioning technology available, including newly developed tools. The team is committed to industry-led research, striving to maintain a line of sight to fit-for-purpose solutions for its broad network of end-user collaborators. Along with the tried and true, PARG researchers employ the latest methodologies and technologies available for crop, pasture and, more recently, livestock management. UNE PARG also runs the University's high-tech SMART Farm.

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