Social justice is front and centre in UTS’s vision and purpose and a core component of its Strategic Plan. This focus has already created a rich array of successful .
The university’s , which was co-created with the UTS community in 2017, seeks to further enable UTS’s current social justice profile and inform the university’s social justice priorities into the future. The framework – an Australian first institution-wide approach to social impact – firmly positions the university as an agent for social change and supports the university to take up its public purpose role.
In support of this vision, the recently established Centre for Social Justice and Inclusion works to enable and enhance social impact research and practice at UTS. As part of its offerings, the Centre is proud to announce the launch of the Social Impact Grants.
Six grants of $5,000 each are offered across two categories of grants and framed by the Social Impact Framework:
The 2018 Social Impact practice grants are offered for initiatives that demonstrate UTS’s contribution to social impact in line with the . Practice grant applications must reflect projects that respond to one or more of the six domains of change as articulated in the Social Impact Framework (detailed below) and/or one or more of the Social Impact Framework’s pre-conditions (detailed below).
Domains of change:
- Increasing the number of students from under-represented target groups successfully completing a higher education degree at UTS
- Increasing student agency to enact personal and social responsibility
- Supporting staff to maximise their social impact
- Producing targeted research, teaching and program outcomes that have social impact and actively contribute to communities
- Being an advocate, critical voice and thought leader on issues that concern and impact communities
- Developing business operations and strategies that reflect a long-term independent commitment to social impact.
- UTS staff and students have the wellbeing to contribute to positive social change
- UTS has the social capital and is trusted to bring about social change
- Alumni and partners are willing to act through and with UTS
- Leadership and the culture at UTS is inclusive and supports the public purpose role of the university
Practice grants can support collaborative projects involving staff and students, staff only or students only. Practice can include teaching and learning projects, initiatives that build the culture of social justice at UTS, initiatives that support collaborations between UTS communities that we are connected to or other projects that further the goals of the Social Impact Framework.
As a condition of the practice grants, successful applicants will be required to attend a two-hour evaluation workshop between 4th to 9th November 2018. Exact date will be negotiated with successful applicants.
The 2018 Social Impact research grants are focused on developing a deeper understanding of the institutional conditions and culture required in order for UTS to achieve its vision of being an agent for social change, transforming communities through research, education, and practice.
This research will ensure that our framework is supported by academic literature, allowing our thinking to be inspired and driven by thought provoking, conceptual and best practice notions in the field. In this way, as we progress with the implementation of the Social Impact Framework across UTS, we are ensuring that our framework is grounded in academic rigour. In seeking to work with UTS research practitioners, we are also seeking to build the opportunities and capacities of our own community to contribute to the social justice activity of the university, one of the key ‘domains’ of the framework.
The four following research themes reflect the four preconditions identified in the Social Impact Framework. Research grant applications must directly address one or more of these themes, and where possible, relate to the UTS context:
- The demonstration of staff and/or student wellbeing in higher education contexts
- The impact and/or form of university leadership and/or culture on institutional contribution to society
- Effective forms of university partnerships for public benefit and methods by which they are tracked
- The demonstration of the university’s social capital and community trust and the way in which this supports institutional contribution to society
Application details and key dates
To find out more about who is eligible to apply and to access key dates, please click here (PDF 180KB).
Applications to be submitted through a short google form, accessible here.
The application questions are attached at the bottom of this page in case you'd like to view them prior to filling out the online form.
Applications close Monday 15 October 2018.