Faculty of Science
At UTS, we believe science is not just a field of study, it's a philosophy and way of viewing the world.
Scientists are critical thinkers, using evidence to explain how the universe, the world and life work. As such, our teaching practices are informed by the research being undertaken by our academics - ensuring that we are developing the next generation of critical thinkers.
Professor Les Kirkup, who was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship, explains what he perceives as UTS's unique approach to ensuring that all students in physics and the sciences are immersed in the research that is being conducted across UTS Science.
Combining the latest in theoretical advances with practical applications in research equips students with capabilities of original thought and critical thinking which are of lifelong value to them, as well as preparing them for the careers in industry or academia.
Facilitator: What makes a university special is research and everybody should have an exposure to it. I believe thinking - seeing how people work as researchers, they way they tackle problems, the challenges they face and how they overcome them is of value no matter what challenge you take beyond UTS. So having that sense of first of all things aren’t known, maybe you get that sense when you come to university that perhaps everything is known. First of all you get your eyes opened that good lord there are people working on areas that are cutting edge.
The process and the procedures they use and the methods they use will be of value to the students irrespective of whether they pursue a career in research. It is something that is of value to everybody, not just those students who will go on to pursue a research career.
UTS: Science - Research driven, student focused
At UTS, we have six research theme areas, spanning the environment, communication and intelligent systems to future services, industry and productivity. Science disciplines cut across each of these areas and we are proud of our world-leading research in climate change, forensics, nanoscale technology and many more.
By focusing on research and teaching integration, we expose our students to current issues impacting Australia and beyond, instil inquisitiveness and inspire an interest in lifelong learning. Alongside this, our research engages with industry and community to deliver real impact and benefit.
Research strengths and centres
The following institutes and centres are recognised leaders in their areas. These are contemporary research priorities that impact on everyday life.
- ithree institute
- Climate Change Cluster (C3)
- Centre for Forensic Science
- Materials and Technology for Energy Efficiency
- Institute for Nanoscale Technology
- Centre for Health Technologies
Learning2014 - World-leading facilities for teaching and research integration
The UTS City Campus Master Plan provides unprecedented opportunities to reconfigure the 21st century learning environment and enable creative, integrated, collaborative learning experiences for our students and researchers. Forming a key UTS Teaching and Learning priority, Learning2014 is about engaging with how these new spaces could be utilised and prototyping new educational and research possibilities.
As part of this one billion dollar master plan, UTS is developing Australia’s first Superlab.
To be completed in late 2014, the Superlab will accommodate up to 200 students, be equipped with advanced audiovisual facilities and enable simultaneous scheduling of laboratory classes from different science disciplines.
There is a growing global trend towards the development of these spaces, however, there is little understanding of the impact that superlabs have on students and their learning outcomes. A UTS Learning2014 grant has been awarded to academics within science to investigate this and develop teaching strategies to further enhance the student learning experience in this new, collaborative environment.