University of Technology Sydney

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University of Technology Sydney
Emblem of UTS
Former names
Motto Think. Change. Do.
Established 1988
Type Public
Endowment A$669 million (2013)[2]
Chancellor Professor Vicki Sara
Vice-Chancellor Professor Attila Brungs
Administrative staff
3,110 (2013)[3]
Students 37,673 (2013)[3]
Undergraduates 25,164 (2013)[3]
Postgraduates 12,509 (2013)[3]
Location Sydney, Australia
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Campus Urban
Colours White and black         

The University of Technology Sydney (UTS) is a university in Sydney, Australia. The university was founded in its current form in 1988, although its origins trace back to the 1870s. It is part of the Australian Technology Network of universities.

It was ranked 4th in Australia in the CWTS Leiden Ranking 2015 and in the 301st–400th bracket in the 2015 Academic Ranking of World Universities.[4] UTS is ranked in the top 250 universities by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings and 28th on the Times Higher Education list of "100 most international universities in the world". UTS ranked 9th in Australia at 218th in the 2015-2016 QS World University Rankings.


The present-day University of Technology originates from the Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts (the oldest continuously running Mechanics' Institute in Australia), which was established in 1833.[5] In the 1870s, the SMSA formed the Workingman's College which was later taken over by the NSW government to form, in 1882, the Sydney Technical College.[1] 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Sydney (UTS), in 1988 under the University of Technology, Sydney Act of NSW State Parliament, which was later superseded by the University of Technology, Sydney, Act 1989 (NSW). 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 NSW 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.[6]

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.[6]
  • 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.[6]
  • 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.[6]


  • 1882 – Sydney Technical College established – the precursor of the NSWIT.[1]
  • 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 Annexe.
  • 1946 – Lectures commenced at Balmain Teachers College with an enrolment of 210 students.
  • 1964 – Establishment of New South Wales Institute of Technology (NSWIT).
  • 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 Education.
  • 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 teaching institutes.
  • 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 UTS.
  • 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 Sciences.
  • 1999 – Sir Gerard Brennan QC installed as Chancellor.[7]
  • 2002 – Professor RE Milbourne appointed Vice-Chancellor.
  • 2005 – Professor Vicki Sara installed as Chancellor.
  • 2014 – Professor Attila Brungs installed as Vice-Chancellor.


University rankings
University of Technology Sydney
QS World[8] 218
THE-WUR World[9] 238
ARWU World[10] 350
CWTS Leiden World[11] 162
Australian rankings
CWTS Leiden National[11] 4

UTS was one of four non-Group of Eight universities ranked in the top 100 universities in the world in particular discipline areas.[12] The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2014–15 ranked UTS 95th in the world in Engineering and Technology.[13]


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.[15] 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 teaches about 3500 students.
Engineering and Information Technology UTS Engineering is one of the largest providers of engineering education in Australia and teaches over 7,700 students, both within Australia and in international locations.
Graduate School of Health The Graduate School of Health (GSH) offers practice-based graduate-entry coursework Masters programs in Pharmacy, Clinical Psychology, Orthoptics and Physiotherapy (from 2017). Research degrees are also offered in these disciplines.
Health UTS: Health provides research and learning in a range of health disciplines, including nursing, midwifery, health management and exercise and sports science. In particular, UTS Health has one of the largest nursing undergraduate programs in NSW with about 3000 students. The Faculty has a strong commitment to Indigenous health with the inclusion of a core subject in nursing and midwifery undergraduate curricula.
Law Approximately 2,700 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 and teaches about 3300 students.


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 (will close in 2015) 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 The Sydney Morning Herald as ugliest building in Sydney.[16]

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.[17]


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

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View along Broadway. Render of redesigned Tower podium.
The UTS Dr Chau Chak Wing Building designed by Canadian architect Frank Gehry

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.[18] This plan which was unveiled to the public on 19 January 2009 will commence in mid 2009 and involve:[19]

  • 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

UTS Library

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.

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]

Student life

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 Underground' 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.

Notable alumni

Shawn Atleo, Charlotte Best, Pat Cummins, Anh Do, Bryan Doyle, Anna Funder, Nikki Gemmell, Ross Gittins, Sekai Holland, Hugh Jackman, Sonia Kruger, Sophie Lee, James Millar, David Murray, Zoe Naylor, Tanya Plibersek, Chris Plummer, Roger Price, Anthony Roberts, and John Robertson.

Sports clubs

UTS sports clubs include: The UTS Hockey club (established in 1982); the UTS rowing club located at Haberfield; the Sydney Cricket Club was formed in 2007 from a merger between the Sydney Cricket Ground Trust and the UTS Balmain Cricket Club; UTS Tigers (formerly UTS Jets) is the University's rugby league team, affiliated with the Balmain Tigers rugby league club; UTS Gridiron competes in the Gridiron NSW league (American football); UTS fencing club; the UTS Northern Suburbs Athletic Club; the UTS Volleyball Club; the UTS Basketball Club; the UTS Swimming Club was established in 2009; the UTS Australian Football Club or "The Bats" was formed in 1999; the UTS Soccer Club. 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.

See also


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  15. Industry and innovation guru appointed UTS Dean of Business 23 September 2008
  16. Cubby, Ben (1 November 2006). "Ugly talk strikes a chord in city's heart". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  17. Archived 30 August 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  18. On Reflection – Ross Milbourne, 3 November 2008
  19. UTS City Campus Masterplan: a vision for our future campus 6 January 2009
  20. Ultimo site gets ultimate architect – Frank Gehry Heath Gilmore, SMH, 11 December 2009
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