Nura Gili - Indigenous Programs Unit
Nura Gili is the Indigenous Programs Unit at UNSW. Nura Gili provides pathways for prospective Indigenous students to study in all UNSW faculties and programs. We also provide a range of Indigenous student support services, tutorial and study spaces for enrolled students. As well, the unit houses Nura Gili’s Indigenous Studies programs, academics and researchers and facilities for higher research degree students. All undergraduate and postgraduate Indigenous students at UNSW are welcome to use our services, programs and facilities.
Nura Gili staff are committed to ensuring Indigenous participation and access to all the services it and UNSW offers. Nura Gili staff are also committed to providing personal and academic support to students to ensure their best chances of success. Both staff and students at Nura Gili support community outreach programs to promote Indigenous Australian’s aspirations to study at university. Nura Gili provides a focus for Indigenous knowledge, culture and histories at UNSW. Through a range of activities, staff and students work to promote the centrality of arts, culture and heritage for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples - across UNSW and the wider community.
The words Nura Gili are from the language of the Eora Nation, Nura meaning ‘place' and Gili meaning ‘fire/light'. Nura Gili at UNSW brings together these concepts to create the meaning ‘place of fire and light'. The theme of place remains important to the many cultures of Indigenous Australia. The University of New South Wales acknowledges and recognises the very place that we have all come together to work, share, study and learn as the traditional lands of three separate Aboriginal communities: the Bedegal ( Kensington campus), Gadigal (City and College of Fine Arts Campuses) and the Ngunnawal people (Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra).
The site of UNSW is located near an 8000 year old campsite around which the people of the area taught culture, history and subsistence. From an age old past through to the present the site holds significance as a place for gathering, meeting, teaching and sharing. The concept of a fireplace and fire in general reflects the warm, relaxed and nurturing environment created by age-old fires many years ago, and recreated today by the staff and students of Nura Gili.
The shared inspiration , drive and purpose for the staff and students of Nura Gili is that they belong to a community on campus where there is a fire burning, where people come together to share, as has been done for thousands of years.
Nura Gili values the potential that education can offer, and with the theme of the fireplace in mind, we invite Indigenous and non-Indigenous people to gather, learn and share together, to light a torch of their own, to guide them, and light their way as they create their own journey.