University of Technology, Sydney

University of Technology, Sydney
University of Technology Sydney
UTS logo
UTS-Tower 1
Motto Think. Change. Do.
Established 1981 (Founded in 1893 as Sydney Technical College)
Type Public
Chancellor Professor Vicki Sara
Vice-Chancellor Professor Ross Milbourne
Admin. staff 2,682 (2009)
Students 29,842 (2009)
Undergraduates 20,385 (2009)
Postgraduates 9,457 (2009)
Location Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
33°53′1″S 151°12′3″E / 33.88361°S 151.20083°E / -33.88361; 151.20083
Campus Urban
Colours Green       & Black      
Affiliations Australian Technology Network, Association of Commonwealth Universities, ASAIHL

The University of Technology Sydney (UTS) is a university in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. The university was founded in its current form in 1981, 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 CBD. 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.[1]



The present day University of Technology originates from the Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts (the oldest 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 Technical College. In 1969, part of the Sydney Technical College became the New South Wales Institute of Technology (NSWIT). It was officially unveiled by Neville Wran.

It was reconstituted as the University of Technology, Sydney (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.[2]

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.[2]

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.[2]

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 activity.[2]


UTS-Tower building

Tower building is the tallest educational facility in Australia with 32 levels

Arts and Social Sciences More than 2000 students are enrolled in the faculty of Education.
Business 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.[4] The schools of Accounting and Finance have AACSB and CFA accreditation respectively.
Design, Architecture and Building The School of Design of the former Sydney College of the Arts was incorporated into NSWIT on 25 January 1988 and on 26 January NSWIT became the University of Technology, Sydney, known as UTS.
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.
Law 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
Science UTS: Science has world-class research activities including climate change, forensic science and biology, nanotechnology, health technology, biotechnology, mathematical modelling of complex systems, infectious and parasitic diseases, imaging and marine biology.


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, Information Technology, Engineering, Science, Nursing, Communication, Design and Architecture.

Insearch has an operation at the University of Essex, UK[5]

Reputation and Achievements

  • Each year UTS attracts the highest number of first preference applications for Creative Arts courses in the state.[6] 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.[citation needed]
  • 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).[7]
  • 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 CFA.[8]
  • 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 health).[9]
  • 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.[10]
  • 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 $50,760.[citation needed]
  • 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).[11]

Research produced by the Melbourne Institute in 2006 ranked Australian universities across seven main discipline areas: Arts and Humanities, Business and Economics, Education, Engineering, Law, Medicine, and Science. For each discipline, University of Technology Sydney was ranked:[13]

Discipline R1* No. R2* No.
Arts and Humanities 18 38 23 35
Business and Economics 10 39 8 34
Education 10 35 16 32
Engineering 14 28 11 28
Law 15 29 16 28
Medicine - 14 - 28
Science 24 38 22 31

R1 refers to Australian and overseas Academics' rankings in tables 3.1-3.7 of the report. R2 refers to the Articles and Research rankings in tables 5.1-5.7 of the report. No. refers to the total number of institutions in the table against which University of Technology Sydney is compared.


Campus Address Location Map
Haymarket Quay St, Ultimo Road and Darling Drive City Map
Broadway Broadway, Harris St & Thomas St City Map
Chippendale Blackfriars St City Map
Kuring-gai Eton Road Lindfield Map

Campus architecture

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 'Tower' building is an example of brutalist architecture with square 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 high-tech architecture.

In October 2006, the university's tower building was voted by 23% of the total vote in a poll hosted by Sydney Morning Herald as ugliest building in Sydney.[14]

The University recently acquired the former Sydney Institute of Technology 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 Alumni Green. Currently, the university is constructing an underground multi-purpose sports hall beside the Alumni Green. Designed by PTW Architects, this project commenced in late January 2010 and opened in April 2011.[15]


UTS provides services through two campus Libraries, the City Campus (Blake Library) and the Kuring-gai Campus (George Muir Library) as well as an extensive range of online services

UTS Library staff provide assignment and research assistance in both Libraries, online and through outreach programs directly to the different discipline areas. In addition, Library staff manage all loans, including interlibrary loans and the technical aspects of running a large research and teaching and learning Library.

UTS Library is responsible for UTSeScholarship,[16] providing a secure, stable, digital home for the scholarly output of the University's staff, students and research community. UTSeScholarship encompasses three distinct areas: UTSePress, UTSiResearch and UTSeData.

UTSePress publishes scholarly books, conference proceedings and journals. The titles published are peer reviewed, compliant with current academic publishing regulations and growing in reputation and impact.

UTSiResearch captures, stores, indexes, preserves and redistributes the University's scholarly research in digital formats.

UTSeData manages data curation. We are the national node for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Data Archive (ATSIDA) and the NSW node for the Australian Social Sciences Data Archive[17] - a collaborative venture across Australian institutions.

UTSeData also provides advice regarding data curation for other disciplines.

The Blake Library (City Campus) will relocate to a new purpose built facility around 2015.[14]


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

2009 will see the construction of a new building on Broadway to house the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology. 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 Masterplan which was approved by the University Council in August 2008.[18] This plan which was unveiled to the public on 19 January 2009 will commence in mid 2009 and involve:[19]

  • 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 Ultimo Road[20]
  • 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

Academic Board

The UTS Academic Board is the principal advisory body to the UTS Council on academic matters.

The Academic Board is concerned with policy development as it relates to the University's academic programs in education, scholarship and research, and community service. It refers to policy recommendations to Council and discusses matters referred to it by Council.

Academic Board plays a key role in the UTS community in providing a forum for the discussion and debate of the academic directions of the University as well as the quality of its academic programs. The Board consists of academic staff members as well as student members elected for a general period of 1–2 years.[21]

Year Academic Board Student Members
2010 Kate Alway, Mohit Kumar Saraogi, Fatima Taleb, Bonita Silva, Yasir Badani, Andrew Southwood-Jones, Thomas Hoffman, Paul Soryal, Bronwyn Clark-Coolee and Rachael Durrant.
2011 Georgia Symons, Bechar Hamdan, Emilie Ho, Jack Andrew Kelly, and Leticia Centrone.

Student life

The UTS Union[22] 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 'The Loft'.

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 University. UTS Journalism students help produce the station's news and current affairs programs including "The Wire" and "Razors Edge".

The UTS Students' Association is the representative student organisation at UTS. It publishes the student newspaper, Vertigo (UTS), runs the second hand bookshop, and advocates on behalf of students both individually and collectively.

Notable alumni

  • Shawn Atleo, Canadian First Nations activist, master's degree
  • Lyn Baker, former Commissioner for Fair Trading, New South Wales, Master of Business Administration
  • Michael Cook, CEO of Macquarie Capital Alliance Group – part of Macquarie Bank; NSWIT – Bachelor of Business Studies (Accounting)
  • Andrew Ferguson, General Secretary of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU); Faculty of Law – Diploma in Industrial Law
  • 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 (journalism)
  • Ross Gittins, economics editor at the Sydney Morning Herald; NSWIT – Bachelor of Business Studies
  • Justin Hemmes, the prominent Sydney nightclub owner[23]
  • 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.[24]
  • 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 degree
  • 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 business (accounting)
  • Zoe Naylor, actress, BA Communications
  • Tim 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; Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in London. Chairman of Australia and New Zealand at the International Institute of Business and Social Communication (IIBSC)[25]
  • Anthony Roberts, politician
  • John Robertson, leader of the ALP in NSW
  • Henry Tsang, politician
  • Karen Tso, Financial reporter; Nine Network Australia.
  • Chris Taylor, Australian satirist, radio presenter and writer; Member of The Chaser.
  • Julia Wilson, rower; Faculty of Business – Bachelor's degree
  • Brod Wright, rugby league player; Faculty of Business (sport management)
  • Anh Do, comedian; Law degree

Sports Clubs

  • UTS 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 2004.[citation needed]
  • UTS Gridiron competes in the Gridiron NSW league (American football).
  • The UTS Hockey club is one of the biggest sporting clubs at UTS, playing in the top grades of men and women's hockey in NSW.[27]
  • 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.[29] 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 Sydney League.[30]
  • The UTS Basketball Club compete in the Sydney Basketball League.
  • The UTS Soccer Club runs its own Summer Soccer competition and competes in the Ku-ring-gai & District Soccer Association competition during Winter.[32]

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 Uni 3rd.[33] Other popular sports at the University include Ultimate Frisbee, Lawn Bowls, touch rugby league and 5-a-side football. The general sporting colours at UTS are green and black.


  1. ^
  2. ^ a b c d "UTS History". UTS official website. 
  3. ^ Timeline
  4. ^ Industry and innovation guru appointed UTS Dean of Business 23 Sep 2008
  5. ^ Insearch Essex
  6. ^ Student Applications
  7. ^ AACSB accreditation
  8. ^ CFA Program Partners in Asia Pacific - CFA Institute
  9. ^ Learning and teaching performance fund
  10. ^ UTS recognised as an employer of choice for women
  11. ^ Learning and teaching performance fund
  12. ^ [1]
  13. ^ Ross Williams and Nina Van Dyke (November 2006). "Rating Major Disciplines in Australian Universities: Perceptions and Reality" (PDF). Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research. Retrieved 1 April 2010. [dead link]
  14. ^ Tower Building SMH article
  15. ^
  16. ^ [2]
  17. ^ [3]
  18. ^ On Reflection - Ross Milbourne, 3 Nov 2008
  19. ^ UTS City Campus Masterplan: a vision for our future campus 6 Jan 2009
  20. ^ Ultimo site gets ultimate architect - Frank Gehry Heath Gilmore, SMH, 11 Dec 2009
  21. ^ UTS Academic Board
  22. ^ UTS Union Homepage
  23. ^
  24. ^ Alumnus Hugh Jackman honoured at UTS 20-year celebration
  25. ^ Alumnus John Raciti
  26. ^ UTS Rugby League Football Club
  27. ^ UTS Hockey
  28. ^ UTS Fencing
  29. ^ UTS Norths Athletics
  30. ^ utsunion volleyball
  31. ^ UTS Union Ltd
  32. ^ UTS Soccer Club
  33. ^ UTS 1st Place at the 2008 East Coast Challenge!

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