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Documentary Screening: Why Go To Uni?

Event Description


Join students from the University as we ask is it worth going to uni? In this program we’ll speak with ex-students about their ballooning HECS debts, find out how the student experience has changed over the last few decades, and investigate how the humanities has lost out on government funding. With a new federal government in town, are universities about to change again? 

Made by current students, we investigate the place of Universities in Newcastle and across Australia, in an ever-changing job market, and a housing market beyond our reach. 

After an exclusive first screening of the documentary, viewers will have an opportunity to speak with the filmmakers in a Q and A. 

Q Building, The University of Newcastle

16B Honeysuckle Drive Newcastle, NSW 2300

Friday, 3rd November

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Time and Date

Meet the filmmakers

Sophie Jaggers 


Sophie is a final-year student and Managing Editor of Yak Media, the University’s only independent media club. Sophie’s work has featured on the University’s social media, on The Junction Journalism, and the Organization for World Peace. Sophie aims to use her talent in news media to develop a deep understanding of development, inequality, and environmental sustainability. 

Peter Hyslop 


Passionate about the power of journalism to tell stories, Peter is a journalist and newsreader at 2NUR-FM and regular contributor for Yak Media. In his second year of communication, he’s been able to refine his skills in uncovering the truth and ruffling a feather or two along the way. Peter has assisted the University in promoting the new Bachelor of Media and Communication. You might walk past a billboard with his face on it. He apologizes in advance. 

Holly Fishlock 


Holly is a talented writer and involved in many facets of university life. In her second year of a Bachelor of Communication, Holly has brought her skills in journalism and media production to her roles at 2NUR-FM, the UON Social Club, and UON Musos Club. With a flair for the performing arts, Holly has been involved at Young People’s Theatre Newcastle since 2012, and now assists with marketing and tech. Holly aims to combine her skills in journalism and media production with performing arts after graduating. 

Zali Winch 


As a writer and visual artist, Zali brings her experience in media production and social media management to this production. As a published journalist, Zali uses her skills to pursue a passion for social justice. Her journalism is driven by curiosity and a desire to understand people’s experiences. She is passionate about storytelling and believes in the importance of journalism to a functioning democracy. 

Chromatic Festival and The University of Newcastle acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal Nation, Darkinjung Nation, Biripai Nation, Worimi Nation, Wonnarua Nation and Eora Nation. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.


Chromatic Festival and The University of Newcastle recognise that First Nations sovereignty was never ceded. This continent always was and always will be Aboriginal Land. 


We respect their cultural heritage, beliefs, and continuing relationship with the land, and recognise that they are the proud survivors of more than two hundred years of dispossession.

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