Social Justice Report 2017: Summary
Highlights from 2017 report (PDF, 2.74MB) include the exciting new developments launching the Social Impact Framework, as well as the announcement of a new UTS Centre for Social Justice and Inclusion.
Setting an agenda for change: The Social Impact Framework
- We are the first Australian university to adopt a whole-of-university approach to social impact.
- The Social Impact Framework is a cross-university approach to unite, demonstrate, guide and ultimately enhance our contribution towards real-world impact that improves people’s lives.
- The UTS community played an active and influential role in formulating the framework. Over 130 staff and students provided input to mapping pathways towards a vision of social impact embedded across UTS teaching, research and practice.
Indigenous leadership and engagement
- Indigenous enrolment has increased 24 per cent in undergraduates since 2010, and 250 per cent in Higher Degree Research students since the Indigenous Education Strategy, 2011.
- Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research continued to build aspiration among Indigenous students. Through visits to remote areas in the Northern Territory, outreach events and on-campus experiences, we made face-to-face contact with approximately 5,000 Indigenous school students, and attended career markets with over 15,000 Indigenous students in attendance.
- We conducted our first Galuwa: NT experience inviting 34 students from high schools in the Northern Territory to Sydney for a four-day on-campus experience.
- UTS’s nursing and midwifery team won a 2017 national citation for developing sector-leading Indigenous professional capabilities through innovation and student learning.
- Indigenous research projects won $1.1 million in Australian Research Council (ARC) funding, representing 4.7 per cent of all UTS ARC grants and 7.3 per cent of all UTS ARC income. UTS was the only university to secure funding for more than one Indigenous project.
Equitable access to education
- Our U@Uni outreach program worked with partner schools from low SES areas to reach 4,000 high school students, 630 parents and 150 teachers, with over 100 UTS students provided with the opportunity to become mentors.
- Students at UTS from a low SES background increased 53 per cent from 2010.
- This year, 1,710 offers were made through inpUTS, UTS’s Educational Access Scheme, resulting in 1,110 enrolments. Our Schools Recommendation Scheme admission numbers increased from 119 in 2016 to 172 in 2017.
- We launched the UTS Humanitarian Scholarship to support undergraduate study for commencing students holding asylum seeker bridging visas or temporary protection visas. Every year we will provide tuition fees for 16 places at UTS.
Students and social responsibility
- UTS Shopfront students contributed more than 70,000 hours through free coursework projects or co-curricular volunteering, across 78 coursework projects.
- The Parramatta Female Factory Precinct was named a National Heritage site in November 2017, following ten years of long-term projects with Shopfront to support its preservation, including the research required to nominate the site for state and national heritage listing.
- 20 students were recognised with a Brennan Justice and Leadership Award.
- In 2017 we achieved the first UTS Rhodes Scholar: Ashley Barnes will study a Bachelor of Civil Laws at Oxford University.
Staff and social impact
- After a successful three year pilot, Professor Jock Collins launched a report on the Ignite Small Business Start-Ups Program at Parliament House, demonstrating an approach that established 62 new refugee businesses, created 20 new jobs and saved an estimated $880,000 in annual Centrelink benefits with a projected $4.4 million saving over five years.
- UTS Business School partnered with Community Sector Banking to launch the Measuring Social Impact Toolbox Project, a toolbox is designed specifically for not-for-profits to gain skills in methodological program evaluation. The toolbox will help bridge the gap for smaller organisations who lack the funds to employ consultancies to help demonstrate their impact.
- 2017 staff giving outcomes: UTS staff donated $150,396 to a number of different university-wide projects and causes, with 5.5% of full-time staff contributing to the program
Advocacy and thought leadership
- As a formal supporter of Australian Marriage Equality, UTS publicly advocated for LGBTIQ+ people to be able to enjoy the same rights as other Australians during the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey.
- We held the first Advancing the Public Benefit of Universities Symposium. Attended by 112 people, a series of talks and seminars explored the public purpose role of universities in contributing to positive social outcomes.
- UTS Vice-Chancellor Attila Brungs made submissions in response to the Inquiry into the Higher Education Support Legislation Amendment Bill 2017, and the Federal Government Independent Review Into Regional, Rural and Remote Education.
- The UTS Institute for Sustainable Futures (ISF) developed a tool to map their areas of work against the Sustainable Development Goals, which showed that ISF’s 10 areas of research contribute knowledge and evidence to support every one of the 17 goals, with each individual research area aligned with at least five SDGs.
- We progressed with the two-year Athena SWAN Bronze Award accreditation process, as part of the first Australian cohort to take part in the pilot.
- We continued our participation in the Australian Human Rights Commission’s ‘Racism Stops With Me’ initiative through our ‘Racism Stops at UTS’ campaign. We supported the UTS Society of Communications student club and the UTS Student’s Association to raise awareness to communicate our strong stance against racism.
- We improved our ability to prevent and respond to sexual assault and harassment and to create a culture of zero tolerance. Actions included: establishing a Prevention of Sexual Assault and Harassment Working Group, established a 24/7 UTS sexual assault support line, and increasing the number of counsellors trained in trauma to the equivalent of 11 full time positions.