University of Technology, Sydney
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|University of Technology, Sydney|
Emblem of UTS
|Motto||Think. Change. Do.|
|Established||1981 (Founded in 1893 as Sydney Technical College)|
|Chancellor||Professor Vicki Sara|
|Vice-Chancellor||Professor Ross Milbourne|
|Admin. staff||2,682 (2009)|
|Colours||White & Black|
|Affiliations||Australian Technology Network, Association of Commonwealth Universities, ASAIHL|
The University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) is a university in the CBD of Sydney, Australia. It was ranked in the 401st–500th bracket and 17th–19th in Australia in the 2013 Academic Ranking of World Universities. The university was founded in its current form in 1981, although its origins trace back to the 1870s. It is part of the Australian Technology Network of universities and has the fifth largest enrolment in Sydney.
The present-day University of Technology originates from the Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts (the oldest continuously running 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. It is important to note that UTS gained this "University" status prior to the default renaming of Colleges of Advanced Education (CAEs) under the Australian Labor Party's Higher Education (Amalgamation) Act 1989. 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 structurally and culturally 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 activity.
|Arts and Social Sciences||Approximately 5000 students are enrolled in courses in Communication, Education and International Studies|
|Business||The largest faculty at UTS and one of the largest business schools in Australia with almost 11,500 full-time equivalent students, over 300 academics and six prominent research centres and an active global network of almost 50,000 alumni. The Dean is Professor Roy Green. The schools of Business 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.|
|Graduate School of Health||As the first course area in the Graduate School of Health, UTS:Pharmacy offers practice-based graduate-entry pharmacy coursework education and research.|
|Health||UTS: Health offers the only stand-alone Bachelor of Midwifery in NSW.|
|Law||Approximately 2,500 students and an average of 90% of undergraduate students working full-time.|
|Science||UTS: Science has 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.|
|Haymarket||Quay St, Ultimo Road and Darling Drive||City||Map|
|Broadway||Broadway, Harris St & Thomas St||City||Map|
|Kuring-gai (will close in 2016)||Eton Road||Lindfield||Map|
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.
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.
The University of Technology, Sydney (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 on the UTS Library website.
UTS is widely recognized as providing library services and facilities that are innovative, creative and user-focused. UTS Library offers numerous online and on-campus services, facilities and resources to support the University's teaching, learning and research programs.
Sydney markets bell tower, Quay Street, built in 1911, now part of the Haymarket Campus UTS Union
The University offers modern, self-catering accommodation in five buildings named Yura Mudang, Gumal Ngurang, Geegal, Bulga Ngurra, and Blackfriars. Yura Mudang is the largest complex with 720 beds. The 14 levels of Housing (21 levels in total) are built on top of UTS building 6 on Harris Street. Gumal Ngurang is the second largest complex and is located on Broadway, just down the road from Bulga Ngurra.
Future infrastructure projects
2009–2013 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. This plan which was unveiled to the public on 19 January 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 Ultimo Road
- 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 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.
|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.|
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 '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, runs the second hand bookshop, and advocates on behalf of students both individually and collectively.
- 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)
- Pat Cummins, Australian cricketer – Bachelor of Business
- Anh Do, Comedian; Law degree
- Bryan Doyle, MP, State Member for Campbelltown
- 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
- Sekai Holland, Zimbabwean Co-Minister of State for National Healing, Reconciliation and Integration, BA Communications
- 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.
- Ghinwa Jalloul, PhD, Former Member of Parliament in Lebanon.
- 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 AO, Chairman of the Australian Government Future Fund Board of Guardians and former CEO of the Commonwealth Bank; Faculty of Business – Bachelor's degree in business (accounting)
- Zoe Naylor, actress, BA Communications
- Prem Anil Chand, director of Hills Consulting Engineers.
- Tim Palmer, award-winning ABC journalist; Faculty of Humanities – Bachelor's degree in communications (1991)
- Tanya Plibersek, politician; Faculty of Humanities – Bachelor's degree
- Chris Plummer, Qantas Award-winning film editor – Communications
- Roger Price, politician; Faculty of Business – Diploma
- John Raciti, Designer; Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in London. Ambassador of International Human Rights Commission for Australia & Oceania
- Anthony Roberts, politician, Minister for Fair Trading NSW
- John Robertson, leader of the ALP in NSW
- Kenny Sabir (aka Traksewt) hip hop musician in The Herd
- Henry Tsang, politician
- Karen Tso, former 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)
- Annette Mullen, Fund Manager, Head of Rates for Colonial First State Global Asset Management, Faculty of Business (Masters in Business and Finance)
- The UTS Hockey club was established in 1982 by five UTS students, and is now the largest "home grown" sporting club at UTS with over 200 members, mostly students and alumni. It was first UTS club to chose to play inter-varsity when UTS became eligible in 1989. It caters for all standards (from Olympian to novice) and men, women and juniors (up to 11 years old) hockey in NSW during March and September. During the off-season there are indoor competitions. While the club has over 15 teams, it relies on renting training and playing facilities all over Sydney. Training is mostly at Sydney Olympic Park, where the club rents club and storage rooms.
- 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.
- The Sydney Cricket Club was formed in 2007 as a merger between the Sydney Cricket Ground Trust and the UTS Balmain Cricket Club. The club competes in the Sydney Grade competition. Current and former players include Nathan Bracken, Jason Krejza, Arthur Mailey and Graham Thorpe.
- 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 competition.
- 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 NSW.
- 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 Sydney League.
- The UTS Basketball Club compete in the Sydney Basketball League.
- The UTS Australian Football Club or "The Bats" compete in the Sydney AFL. Formed in 1999, they won the A and B grade premierships in 2006.
- The UTS Soccer Club runs its own Summer Soccer competition and competes in the Ku-ring-gai & District Soccer Association competition during Winter.
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. 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.
- "UTS History". UTS official website.
- Industry and innovation guru appointed UTS Dean of Business 23 September 2008
- Tower Building SMH article
- On Reflection – Ross Milbourne, 3 November 2008
- UTS City Campus Masterplan: a vision for our future campus 6 January 2009
- Ultimo site gets ultimate architect – Frank Gehry Heath Gilmore, SMH, 11 December 2009
- UTS Academic Board
- UTS Union Homepage
- Alumnus Hugh Jackman honoured at UTS 20-year celebration
- Alumnus John Raciti
- UTS Hockey
- UTS Rugby League Football Club
- UTS Fencing
- UTS Norths Athletics
- utsunion volleyball
- UTS Swimming
- UTS Union Ltd
- UTS Soccer Club
- UTS 1st Place at the 2008 East Coast Challenge!