University of Technology, Sydney
(UTS), is a university
in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
university was founded in its current form in 1988, although its
origins trace back to the 1870s. UTS is notable for its central location as
the only university with its main campuses within the Sydney
It is part of the Australian Technology Network
of universities and has the fifth largest enrolment in Sydney. UTS
has been ranked 234th
in the World's Top 500
universities by the Times HES
(2008) and was
one of two Australian Universities given A1 ratings across all
major disciplines in 2007 and 2008 by the Federal
Government Education department
The present day University of Technology originates from the
Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts
Mechanics' Institute in Australia). In the 1870s the SMSA formed
the Workingman's College
which was later taken
over by the NSW government to form, in 1878, the Sydney
. In 1969, part of the Sydney Technical
College became the New South Wales Institute of
(NSWIT). It was officially unveiled by Neville Wran
It was reconstituted as the University of Technology,
(UTS), in 1988 under an Act of NSW State
Parliament. In 1990 it absorbed the Kuring-gai College of Advanced
Education and the Institute of Technical and Adult Teacher
Education of the Sydney College of Advanced Education, under the
terms of the Higher Education (Amalgamation) Act 1989.
Although its antecedent institutions go back as far as 1893, they
took new shapes from the 1960s, creating a new University focused
on practice-oriented education with strong links to industry, the
professions and the community, and with a growing research
reputation and a strong commitment to internationalisation.
UTS has had three phases in its history. In the first phase, effort
was concentrated on embedding an amalgamation of institutions which
were culturally and structurally different. This strengthened the
research culture and established a more consistent approach to
teaching and learning.
The second phase, beginning in the mid 1990s, saw a strong focus on
international student recruitment, combined with an expansion of
professional post-graduate programs for domestic students. Greater
emphasis on both research and flexible learning also became
priorities during this period.
The third phase began in 2000 with a 10 year strategic vision. This
involved concentrating research funding into four major research
institutes, upgrading physical infrastructure at the city campus,
enhancing teaching and learning, and continuing entrepreneurial
- 1893 - Sydney Technical College established - the precursor of
- 1940 - NSW Parliament passes Act to establish an Institute of
Technology, World War II intervenes.
- 1945 - Technical College Annexe of Sydney Teachers College was
established in the late 1940s - ITATE developed from this
- 1946 - Lectures commenced at Balmain Teachers College with an
enrolment of 210 students.
- 1964 - Establishment of New South Wales Institute of Technology
- 1965 - NSWIT enrols first students into Science and
Architecture; SE Barratt appointed Chairman of the Interim Council
and the first Council.
- 1967 - NSW Institute of Business Studies established and
teaching commences at the Brickfield Hill Campus, George Street,
Sydney. Professional recognition of NSWIT engineering courses.
- 1968 - Amalgamation of the NSW Institute of Business Studies
and the NSW Institute of Technology.
- 1971 - William Balmain Teachers' College moves to Lindfield
site (Kuring-gai Campus) NSWIT incorporated and Faculty
organisational structure set up.
- 1973 - William Balmain College declared a College of Advanced
- 1974 - William Balmain CAE renamed Kuring-gai College of
Advanced Education (KCAE). NSWIT commences post graduate courses;
occupation of Tower on Broadway begins.
- 1976 - NSWIT establishes the first Law School in NSW outside
the then university sector.
- 1981 - Sydney
CAE incorporated - ITATE was one of five semi-autonomous
- 1984 - NSWIT Brickfield Hill Campus relinquished in December
after eighteen years - Faculties of Business and Law and the
Library move to the Haymarket Campus.
- 1985 - The new Haymarket Campus officially opened, the building
shared between NSWIT and ITATE.
- 1987 - Announcement on 8 October of the granting of university
status to NSWIT, which was followed by the passing of the
University of Technology, Sydney, Act 1987 and the appointment of
Professor RD Guthrie as Vice-Chancellor.
- 1988 -
The School of Design of the former Sydney College
of the Arts was incorporated into NSWIT on 25 January and on 26
January NSWIT became the University of Technology, Sydney, known as
- 1989 - University of Technology, Sydney, Act 1989 No 69
assented to 23 May, forming the new UTS in combination with KCAE
and ITATE from Sydney CAE .
- 1990 - New UTS established from 1 January; inaugural meeting of
Council on 15 November.
- 1991 - Academic Structure of nine Faculties and 25 schools
established - Faculties being Business; Design, Architecture and
Building; Education; Law and Legal Practice; Mathematical and
Computing Sciences; Nursing; Science; Humanities and Social
- 1999 - Sir Gerard Brennan QC
installed as Chancellor.
- 2002 - Professor RE Milbourne appointed Vice-Chancellor.
- 2005 - Professor Vicki Sara installed as Chancellor.
The University has faculties of:
|Arts and Social Sciences
||More than 2000 students are enrolled in the faculty of
||The largest faculty at UTS and one of the largest business
schools in Australia with more than 10,000 full-time equivalent
students and an active global network of almost 50,000 alumni. The
Dean is Professor Roy Green. The schools of Accounting and Finance
have AACSB and CFA accreditation
|Design, Architecture and Building
|Engineering and Information Technology
||UTS Engineering is one of the largest providers of engineering
education in Australia and teaches over 5,000 students, both within
Australia and in international locations.
||Approximately 2,500 students and an average of 90% of
undergraduate students working full-time.
|Nursing, Midwifery and Health
||UTS: Nursing, Midwifery and Health offers the only stand-alone
Bachelor of Midwifery in NSW
Insearch is the learning pathways provider for UTS. Insearch offers
English language courses to prepare international students for
entry to UTS bachelor's degrees and post-graduate study. Insearch
provides courses that lead to university degrees in the area of
Business, IT, Engineering, Science, Nursing, Communication, Design
has an operation at the University of Essex, UK
In keeping with its former nature as a Technical Institute and its
current name, UTS designs its courses to contain a high level of
practical technical knowledge as opposed to pure theory, and
maintains close links with industries in order to do this. Its
faculty structure also reflects this emphasis on technical
knowledge; for example, its Law faculty contains a Practical Legal
Training course, its Humanities degrees are heavily geared towards
journalism and media productions and its IT and Engineering degrees
offer one year of industrial training.
The UTS faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is widely known
for its practical media/ communications degrees, along with its
thorough focus on critical theory. UTS is also host to the
Australian Centre for Independent Journalism (ACIJ). Graduates from this
faculty serve as a feeder to the Australian
Broadcasting Corporation conveniently located just across the road, and the
Fairfax Group of
Reputation and Achievements
- Each year UTS attracts the highest number of first preference
applications for Creative Arts courses in the state. These courses
include the Bachelor of Design courses offered by the
Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building and the Bachelor of Arts (Communications) courses
offered by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.
- In December 2006 the UTS Faculty of Business earned
accreditation from AACSB International. To
contextualise this there are only 5 institutions that have received
this accreditation in Australia, and just 540 worldwide (less than
10 per cent of the world's business schools). This comes on the
back of being ranked in the top six business/economics faculties
for the DEST Learning and Teaching Performance Fund (2007).
- At the end of 2007 UTS became the first undergraduate CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst)
Program Partner in Australia based on the Bachelor of Business with
a major in Finance. The UTS Finance major is still the only
undergraduate degree in Australia to be acknowledged by the
- In October 2007 UTS received the equal highest allocation of
the "Learning and Teaching Performance Fund" alongside the
University of Wollongong. The university received an A1 rating for
all four discipline groupings (science, business, humanities and
- UTS has earned an EOWA
(Employer of Choice for Women) citation every year since it was
launched in 2001, and has been rated as a best practice
organisation by EOWA for the past ten years.
- The Australian Graduate Survey results (2007) showed that 90%
of Graduate School of Business graduates secure employment three
months after graduating with an average starting salary of over
$80,000 while the average salary for undergraduates were
- In 2008 UTS received the equal highest allocation of the
"Learning and Teaching Performance Fund". The university received
the highest rating for all four discipline groupings (science,
business, humanities and health).
The University of Technology, Sydney is an interesting mix of
architectural styles reflecting the different periods in which the
buildings and grounds were constructed and renovated. The famous
is an example of brutalist architecture
and block concrete designs. Built following massive student
protests in U.S. colleges like Berkeley and Kent State University,
the building was designed to do away with large, outdoor areas and
hence limit students' ability to stage large protests. The
Haymarket campus (building 5) combines a modern interior with the
remaining exterior of the old markets building, and the recently
completed buildings 4 and 6 are designed with an element of
In October 2006, the university's tower building was voted by 23%
of the total vote in a poll hosted by Sydney Morning Herald
building in Sydney.
The University recently acquired the former Sydney Institute of
building that stands opposite to Building 10 (on
Jones St) and adjacent to Building 2. This building was named
Building 7, but was demolished to make way for an extension of
UTS provides services through two campus libraries, the Blake
Library (City Campus) and the George Muir Library (Kuring-gai
Campus), and online www.lib.uts.edu.au.
UTS Library is responsible for UTSeScholarship
, providing a secure, stable, digital
home for the scholarly output of the University's staff, students
and research community.
The Blake Library (City Campus) will relocate to a new purpose
built facility around 2015.
Image:UTS Haymarket Campus.jpg|Haymarket
CampusImage:Utsit.jpg|Fairfax buildingImage:Alumni Green.jpg|Alumni
GreenImage:UTS Tower.jpg|UTS TowerImage:NE facing view lvl23
tower.jpg|The North East facing view from level 23 of the tower
buildingImage:Haymkt tower2.jpg|Sydney markets bell tower, Quay
Street, built in 1911, now part of the Haymarket Campus UTS Union
Image:Ultimo UTS Fairfax.JPG|Building 10,
formerly known as the Fairfax BuildingImage:East facing view lvl23
tower.jpg|The East facing view from level 23 of the tower
The University offers modern, self-catering accommodation
in four buildings named
Gumal Ngurang, Geegal, Bulga Ngurra, and Blackfriars. Gumal Ngurang
is the largest complex and is located on Broadway, just down the
road from Bulga Ngurra.
Future infrastructure projects
see the construction of a new building on Broadway to house the Faculty of Engineering and Information
In the medium term future UTS will make a
significant investment in its facilities intending to create a
world-class campus. This is part of the UTS City Campus
which was approved by the University Council in
August 2008. This plan which was unveiled to the public on January
19, 2009 will commence in mid 2009 and involve:
- New buildings: a nine-storey "gateway" building on Broadway
adjacent to Building 10; a five-storey building facing Thomas St;
and, a nine-storey building on the former Dairy Farmers site in
- New student housing in a multi-storey block to be built over
the rear of Building 6
- Extension of the Tower podium to create a new entry zone,
improved Broadway street frontage and a "student commons" hub
- Refurbishment of existing buildings, including a major
reconfiguration of Building 2 to house an "integrated learning
commons" comprising a new library and associated study spaces
- The rejuvenation of Alumni Green, including the construction of
a multi-purpose hall under its northern end
- New intra-campus pedestrian networks, including the proposed
closure of Jones St to create a pedestrian thoroughfare
The UTS Union is the organisation which runs a range of on-campus
student services, including food & beverage outlets, cultural
activities, student social events, and is responsible for
overseeing UTS clubs & societies, sports clubs and other
recreational activities. The UTS gym has recently been renovated.
The City Campus is home to two licensed bars, 'The Glasshouse' and
UTS has its own community radio station on campus, 2SER FM
. The studio is located on level 26 of the UTS
Tower and broadcasts to the entire Sydney region. The station is
jointly owned by UTS and Macquarie University, with a second studio at Macquarie
UTS Journalism students help produce the
station's news and current affairs programs including "The Wire"
and "Razors Edge".
The UTS Students'
is the representative student organisation at UTS.
It publishes the student newspaper, Vertigo
, runs the second hand bookshop, and
advocates on behalf of students both individually and
- Shawn Atleo, Canadian First Nations
activist, master's degree
- Michael Cook, CEO of
Macquarie Capital Alliance Group – part of Macquarie Bank; NSWIT – Bachelor of Business
- Chris Taylor, Australian
satirist, radio presenter and writer; Member of The Chaser.
- Andrew Ferguson, General
Secretary of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union
(CFMEU); Faculty of Law – Diploma in
- Anna Funder, author of Stasiland; Faculty of Humanities – Master's degree
in creative writing
- Nikki Gemmell, author of
The Bride Stripped
Bare – Bachelor's degree in communications
- Ross Gittins, economics editor at
the Sydney Morning
Herald; NSWIT – Bachelor of Business Studies
- Justin Hemmes, the prominent Sydney nightclub owner
- Morris Iemma, former Premier of New South Wales;
Faculty of Law – Master's degree in Law
- Hugh Jackman, actor; Faculty of
Humanities - Bachelor's degree in communications (journalism). He
was awarded the 2008 Chancellor's Alumni Award for Excellence.
- Hon. Justice Tricia Kavanagh,
NSW Industrial Relations Commissioner; Faculty of Law - Bachelor's
degree in law (1981), Doctor of Philosophy in law (1998)
- Sonia Kruger, host of Dancing With The Stars – Arts
- Sophie Lee, actress; Faculty of
Humanities – Graduate certificate in writing
- David Murray, former CEO of
the Commonwealth Bank; Faculty of Business - Bachelor's degree in
- Zoe Naylor, actress, BA
Palmer, award-winning ABC journalist; Faculty of Humanities – Bachelor's
degree in communications (1991)
- Tanya Plibersek, politician;
Faculty of Humanities – Bachelor's degree
- Roger Price,
politician; Faculty of Business – Diploma
- John Raciti, designer; Faculty of
Design, Architecture and Building - Graduate Diploma in Design. He
was elected as a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in
- Henry Tsang, politician
- Karen Tso, Financial reporter;
Nine Network Australia.
- Julia Wilson, rower; Faculty of
Business – Bachelor's degree
- Brod Wright, rugby league player;
Faculty of Business (sport management)
- Eva Cox, Faculty of Humanities.
- Theo Van Leeuwen, Faculty of
Arts and Social Sciences
- Camilla Nelson, lectures in
- Behzad Fatahi, Staff, Ph.D.,
CPEng, Lecturer of Geotechnical Engineering, University of
Technology, Sydney, 2007 Young Railway Engineer of Australasia
has a famous rowing club located at Haberfield. The UTS Rowing club produced all four crew
members of the coxless fours at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and
Julia Wilson, Monique Heinke and
Victoria Roberts who were members of the team involved in the
Sally Robbins controversy in
- UTS Tigers (formerly UTS Jets) are the
University's rugby league team. They
are affiliated with the Balmain
Tigers rugby league club. They defeated Sydney Uni in the 2008
Broadway derby. They are the current premiers of the NSW tertiary rugby league
- The UTS Hockey club is one of the biggest sporting
clubs at UTS, playing in the top grades of men and women's hockey
- The UTS fencing club is the home of Olympian Frank
Bartolillo who represented Australia in fencing at the 2004 Summer
Olympics in Athens. It is the most successful fencing club in
- The UTS Northern
Suburbs Athletic Club competes in the Australian circuit and
has produced many National Champions. They won the national
championship in 2006 and became the first club from NSW to win. Its
athletes include Nick Bromley, Stuart
Paterson and Tristan Garrett.
- The UTS Volleyball Club is the largest university
volleyball club in NSW. Both the Men's
and Women's teams compete in the state's premier league - the
- The UTS Basketball Club
compete in the Sydney Basketball League.
UTS won the East Coast Challenge
for the first time in
2008, winning both the 'Overall Points Score' and the 'Per Capita
Champion Award'. Macquarie University finished 2nd and Sydney
Other popular sports at the University include
, touch rugby league
and 5-a-side football.
The general sporting colours at UTS are green and black.
- UTS Faculties and other academic units
- Industry and innovation guru appointed UTS Dean of
Business 23 Sep 2008
- Insearch Essex
- Student Applications
- AACSB accreditation
- CFA Program Partners in Asia Pacific - CFA
- Learning and teaching performance fund
- UTS recognised as an employer of choice for women
- Learning and teaching performance fund
- Tower Building SMH article
- The Blake Library Building project
- On Reflection - Ross Milbourne, 3 Nov 2008
- UTS City Campus Masterplan: a vision for our future
campus 6 Jan 2009
- Alumnus Hugh Jackman honoured at UTS 20-year
- Alumnus John Raciti
- UTS Fencing
- utsunion volleyball
- UTS Union Ltd
- UTS 1st Place at the 2008 East Coast