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Social Justice Report

Social Impact Framework

The PDF iconReport (PDF, 14.15MB) announces that UTS has been developing a Social Impact Framework - a new approach to demonstrating and enhancing the very real ways we make a difference.

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Operations and Strategies

  • UTS committed to the Sustainable Development Goals which include goals for health, education, gender equality, jobs, climate change, the environment and justice. UTS will advance the goals through research and education resources, and ensure we are sustainable and inclusive
  • UTS is participating in the SAGE Pilot of the Athena SWAN Charter which aims to improve gender equity and gender diversity in Australian science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM), see Equal Futures
  • STEMM faculties have set up committees to drive diversity under Athena Swan Charter commitment
  • New ‘Respect. Now. Always’ launched as part of a coordinated campaign by Australian universities to ensure staff and students can work and study in an environment free from discrimination, harassment, and victimisation. The campaign will work alongside UTS’s existing SHOUTS program of similar goals which has been running for several years.
  • UTS became a Mindful Employer, committing to SANE Australia’s charter to improve mental health in the workplace
  • The UTS Access and Inclusion Plan brought about new training for staff in areas of equity and diversity with ‘Ability Awareness’, ‘Unconscious Bias’, ‘Mental Health Awareness’, ‘Mental Health for Supervisors’, and ‘Breaking the Binary’ courses.
  • UTS is an Employer of Choice for Gender Equity
  • Women@UTS sponsors the Career Pathways for Women program of mentoring and workshops to get more women into senior positions
  • Continuing partnership with JobAccess to share good practice with employers about making workplaces accessible

Indigenous Engagement

  • Increase in Indigenous student enrolment and an increase of 16% since 2010 in the undergraduate success rate
  • Indigenous Higher Degree Research students is up 214% since Indigenous Education Strategy, 2011
  • Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning reached 2,382 Indigenous primary and secondary students through school visits, careers markets, on-campus events, and campaigns
  • Design, Architecture, and Building academics and students established a relationship with Murrin Bridge Local Aboriginal Land Council to participate in a design studio community revitalisation project
  • UTS and INSEARCH launched the Centre for the Advancement of Indigenous Knowledges, which will ensure all graduates have Indigenous professional competency for their field
  • Centre for the Advancement of Indigenous Knowledges developed the foundation subject, Aboriginal Sydney Now

Equitable Access to Higher Education

  • 70% growth rate over 6 years of students from a low socio-economic background enrolling to UTS
  • Enrolment via educational access scheme, ‘inpUTS’, has increased from 13% in 2010 to 16.3%
  • Attrition rate and success rate between low socio-economic students and general student population are similar
  • 4,000 high school students were encouraged to strive for university, regardless of their background
  • 97% of year 11 high schools students at the U@Uni summer school targeting equity groups said they were encouraged to study at university
  • 58 UTS students mentored and tutored 382 high school students, and reached a further 376 high school students through workshops at partner schools in low socio-economic areas
  • High School teachers of tutored students in low socio-economic areas reported that 89% made improvements in academic confidence
  • Student volunteers from Engineers without Borders reached 500 students across five low socio-economic schools in Western Sydney to raise awareness of humanitarian engineering, including two all-girls schools in an effort to address gender inequality in the sector
  • Implementation of ethical bystander training for students in university housing to prevent sexual assault

Students as Change Agents

  • Shopfront celebrated 20 years of more than 1000 pro bono projects by students as part of their coursework for more than 800 community organisations. These projects have led to changes in public policy, law reform, new community services, and making visible the needs of marginalised communities
  • 2,000+ students volunteered in the Beyond UTS International Leadership Development program
  • Batyr UTS mental health initiative reached 11,413 students with peer-to-peer lived experience presentations to encourage students to proactively engage with their emotional distress

Staff and their Impact

  • Senior Lecturer Dr Lucy Fiske, on the board of the Cisarua Refugee Learning Centre in West Java, Indonesia, has enlisted the help of Associate Professor Nina Burridge and Senior Lecturer Dr Damian Maher to lead a program for volunteer teachers of Hazara refugees and asylum-seekers
  • Professor Lawrence Lam from the Centre for Cardiovascular and Chronic Care received a first-ever Mental Health Education grant from the Australia-China Council. The grant will implement his program aimed at reducing suicide in the city of Nanning in southwestern China
  • Daisy Amanaki, Project Manager, Information Technology Division initiated  the donation of several hundred UTS desks and chairs to schools in the Cook Islands

Advocacy and Thought Leadership

  • UTS were platinum sponsors of the Australian Council of Social Service National Conference. The conference explored the future of civil society and encouraged debate on current social and economic challenges
  • UTS’s Vice-Chancellor, Attila Brungs, made a submission to the parliamentary review of the Racial Discrimination Act, writing that respect for all persons and support for rational and open minded debate is pivotal to the pursuit of knowledge


Social Justice Report 2016 (PDF, 14.15MB, 80 pages)