The UTS Campus Master Plan's vision for a series of new buildings, major upgrades and improved pedestrian connections right in the heart of Sydney's southern CBD is now a reality, with the campus transformed into a hub for learning, connection and collaboration.
With work under the Master Plan substantially complete, the university is reaping the benefits of the decade-long reinvention. A range of state-of-the-art teaching, research and industry engagement spaces support the delivery of UTS’s collaboration- and technology-based model of teaching – learning.futures – as well as our industry-focused research.
Today, the UTS campus is a destination for staff, students and visitors alike, and a new chapter in the story of its evolution is about to begin.
Support for the vision
UTS’s vision for its campus garnered wide support from government, industry and private donors, including a $50 million Education Infrastructure Fund grant from the Federal Government for the Faculty of Engineering and IT Building and a $20 million gift by Australian-Chinese business leader Dr Chau Chak Wing – the largest private donation for a university building in Australia – for the new UTS Business School.
A 'green' heart
A revitalised Alumni Green sits at the heart of the reshaped campus. This 'green heart' formed a key part of the Campus Master Plan vision, responding to a number of key drivers within the UTS strategic plan.
Delivering the vision
The City Campus Master Plan, which was announced in May 2008 as part of UTS's 20th anniversary celebrations. Its aims – now largely met – were to :
- Deliver a revitalised campus that matches our position as a leading university of technology
- Create a global city campus with an identifiable heart
- Create a 'sticky' campus: a place where students want to study, learn and socialise
- Embrace new teaching and learning paradigms, including the library of the future
- Create a vital campus with a clear pedestrian network and connections to adjacent transport, commercial and cultural hubs
- Commit to holistic sustainability goals
- Consolidate faculty locations and student services hubs
- Accommodate future student and staff growth.
Issues addressed by the UTS Campus Master Plan
The UTS campus developed substantially over the course of its first 20 years, spreading across several city blocks, separated by busy streets. In that time, the university’s strategic objectives also shifted. The Master Plan addressed the shortcomings that developed in those early years and strengthened our position as a leading provider of tertiary education.
Key issues addressed by the Master Plan include:
- fragmented nature of the existing campus
- lack of quality open and public spaces
- need for upgraded teaching, learning and research facilities
- improved sustainability
- expected growth in the number of students and staff in the decade ahead.