About the UTS Shopfront Community Program
UTS Shopfront is one of the university's key programs championing social justice and social change
Housed within the Centre for Social Justice and Inclusion, we place UTS students at the heart of the community sector to gain real-world experience and make a meaningful difference to local not-for-profit organisations. Our community-engaged research showcases best-practice scholarship for social good from around the world.
At Shopfront, we aim to build strong and sustainable communities through research, education and practice. We do this through:
- Student Community Coursework projects, our award-winning community projects and internships as part of student coursework
- UTS SOUL Award, our co-curricular program for student volunteering and leadership
- Community-Engaged Research, open-source published research on homelessness, community relations and racism, refugees, regional community development, and imprisonment.
Since we began in 1996, UTS Shopfront has facilitated more than 1,000 successful projects completed by UTS students as part of their disciplinary coursework for more than 800 non-profit organisations. We’ve also overseen an additional 70,000 hours of extra-curricular student volunteering in the community.