FAQ for Student Projects


Student projects are competitions where UNSW Engineering students will work in multi-disciplinary teams to achieve competition goals. Added benefits include academic partnership, access to leading technologies and enhanced learning experiences. 

These will be ongoing long-term projects where students will have the potential to stay on for multiple years.  

Student Projects is one of four pillars that sits under The ChallENG Program framework. 

The other pillars of The ChallENG Program are:

View a full list of all available Student Projects here.

Currently, these projects do not count for course credit but you could have the opportunity to qualify for a Non-Traditional Industrial Training placement if your project is pre-authorised. 

We would love to hear from you! We are always looking to take on new projects within the Student Projects pillar of The ChallENG Program.

Please reach out to us by emailing challeng@unsw.edu.au with your new project idea and we will take you through the next steps!

Application and Team Formation

Undergraduate UNSW Engineering students are welcome to apply for an existing project or submit a new project idea to The ChallENG Program team by emailing challeng@unsw.edu.au for more details!

Students must have good academic standing to be considered.


Visit the Join a Team section on our ChallENG website for more details!

After applying students will be invited by the Project's Academic Lead and Project Team Leader to meet and discuss joining the team. This is an opportunity for students to ask questions about the project and how the team will function.  Students will then receive written confirmation if they have been accepted into the team. 

The project team members will go through an application process and be chosen by the existing team project leaders and Academic Advisor(s). The organisational structure of the team will vary for each project and the skill-set required!

The ChallENG Program team and/or Academic Advisors, current team leaders can remove team members from projects if they feel they have broken the eligibility requirements or acted inappropriately in a way that is contrary to the interests of the team and UNSW.

For reference, you can read more on the UNSW Student Code of Conduct.

f it comes to the attention of your Academic Advisor and/or The ChallENG Program team that a project is negatively impacting your studies, the ChallENG team reserves the right to get an update on your academic standing/performance and assess if you can continue working with the project.

No student may hold membership in a project while under suspension from UNSW.

Industrial Training

Some of the Student Projects with the ChallENG Program can count towards Non-Traditional Industrial Training. Strict conditions apply in order to receive non-traditional industrial training for Student Projects and require approval from the team academic. Being a member of a Student Project does not guarantee that you will receive a non-traditional IT placement and should not be the only motivating factor for joining a team.

For more information on pre-authorised Student Projects you can also check out the FAQ section of the UNSW Engineering Industrial Training website or email eng.wil@unsw.edu.au


Non-Traditional Industrial Training Placements can be awarded a maximum of 30 days. Depending on your role within the project and the tasks associated with the role, your Academic Supervisor can work with you to develop the SMART goals and issue either 15 days or 30 days of Non-Traditional Industrial Training. Please note that your role within the project team should be at least 6 months or equivalent to two consecutive academic terms.

If you are working on two different student projects that are pre-authorized by the Faculty of Engineering and both are 15 days, then you can go through the normal procedures and have two different Academic Supervisors; this would be counted as two placements. You cannot receive more than 30 days of Non-Traditional Industrial Training placement and it is important to note that a maximum of three placements can be counted towards your total 60 days of Industrial Training experience. Therefore, in this case, you would then have one placement left to do your remaining 30 days of Traditional Industrial Training.

Resources and Support

Have you ever been in one of our UNSW MakerSpaces?

Almost all of the projects within The ChallENG Program come to life in our Makerspace Network at UNSW Sydney! You have the opportunity to up-skill through workshop development training and digital badging credentialing. Click HERE to access the online hub of tutorials, information and classes on how to make, fabricate and create!


If you are a project within the ChallENG Program, you may have access to project storage on campus from your Academic Advisor or designated school. Project storage space is limited on campus, but we will do our best to accommodate.

The ChallENG Program is here to support the growth of projects within the program and funding will be determined during the time that the project is approved.

If your project received funding from The ChallENG Program, the UNSW Finance Policy applies and purchases will need to adhere to the purchasing requirements within the Faculty of Engineering.

Please note that the funds can only be used for parts and materials in direct relation to building the project or travel costs for competitions. Funds are not given directly to students; they remain within a UNSW Faculty Project account.

Funding from The ChallENG Program is limited each year so projects may have to consider securing other sources of funding such as grants, scholarships, sponsorships and donations.

Special Consideration is available in some circumstances for students participating in projects. This needs to be completed before you register for courses, and it is up to the individual student to arrange this with their Academic Advisor for the project and the specific Course Lecturer beforehand. UNSW Special consideration procedures apply.

You can refer to the following estate management page for working safety on campus: www.estate.unsw.edu.au/security/your-safety

If at any stage you feel unsafe or need to find support regarding an incident that may have occurred during your participation in a project, you can notify your Academic Advisor or The ChallENG Program team as soon as possible.

Additionally, you can also visit student.unsw.edu.au/wellbeing.

All students participating in teams are expected to comply with the UNSW Student Code of Conduct.

The ChallENG Program reserves the right to modify, add policies, and hold students accountable for abiding by such policies. The University reserves the right to hold groups or individuals accountable for inappropriate actions not specifically listed in these standards.