2017 in Numbers
78 community projects + 19,457 hours of student volunteering + 24,613 Gateways readers
Free Community Projects
During 2017, 78 coursework community projects were successfully completed for community partners through UTS Shopfront. Student teams from the faculties of Design, Architecture & Building, Business, Law, Arts and Social Sciences, and Engineering & IT carried out free projects as part of their coursework. The full list of projects here.
UTS students also logged 19,457 hours extra-curricular community volunteering through our social leadership program UTS SOUL Award.
One hundred and twenty-two students received their SOUL Award last year. Congratulations!
Organisations where SOULies volunteered included:
- Access Sydney Community Transport
- Redfern Legal Centre
- Alzheimer’s Australia
- Ted Noff’s Foundation
- Conservation Volunteers Australia
- Rough Edges
- Starlight Children’s Foundation
- Cancer Council NSW
- Australian Red Cross
- Refugee Advice & Casework Service (RACS)
- Justice Action
- Barnardos Australia
- The Fred Hollows Foundation
- Leukaemia Foundation
- Australian Law Reform Commission
- Engineers Without Borders
- Penrith Women’s Health Centre
- Clean Up Australia Day
- The Smith Family
- Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives
- National Justice Project
- Wheelchair Sports NSW
- Aboriginal Legal Service
- Greenpeace Australia Pacific
- National Breast Cancer Foundation
- Special Olympics Australia
- Amnesty International
- Waterloo Public Housing Action Group
- Sydney Homeless Connect
- Pyrmont Ultimo Landcare
- Rozelle Neighbourhood Centre
- The Ankali Project
- Culture At Work
- Surf Life Saving Australia
Gateways : International Journal of Community Research and Engagement is an open access, refereed journal concerned jointly managed by UTS Shopfront and Center for Urban Research and Learning at Loyola University Chicago.
Total downloads for 2017 24,613 - the highest number of downloads in 10 years of the journal – and 75 per cent were new users. The top 15 countries for downloads were: USA, Australia, Canada, UK, India, Kenya, Malaysia, South Africa, Philippines and Indonesia.
Gateways Volume 10 was launched in July at the Talloires Leaders’ Conference in Xalapa, Mexico, and features six articles by previous winners of the MacJannet Prize for Global Citizenship.
The ‘Author+Mentor’ mentoring program was launched for academics from developing countries underway for Volume 11, with two articles - one authored by an academic in Nairobi, Kenya and the other by an academic in San Tomas, the Philippines – now in train.
Local Precinct Activity
Projects undertaken in UTS’s community included:
- A market development plan for the organic Pyrmont Growers Market with the Pyrmont Ultimo Chamber of Commerce
- Communications and Volunteer management teams worked on the revived UPTown Community Festival (held on 28 October) for the Pyrmont Ultimo Network of Services
- A plan for the management of and public access to their significant archive of Aboriginal social and political history for Tranby: National Indigenous Adult Education & Training was co-sponsored by Shopfront and Jumbunna.