2015 News Archive

January

Working for Google in New York City

Working for Google in New York City

With a passion for law, arts, media and teaching, find out how UTS Law graduate and Google lawyer Cass Matthews spends her days in the city that never sleeps... read more

February

Fulbright-UTS agreement to boost international research collaboration

Fulbright-UTS agreement to boost international research collaboration

Exceptional senior scholars from the US will collaborate with UTS researchers under a new agreement signed this week with the Australian-American Fulbright Commission... read more

UTS lays a foundation for better understanding of Indigenous Australia

UTS lays a foundation for better understanding of Indigenous Australia

A foundation subject drawing on the TV series Redfern Now will be among the first elements of an initiative to expand Indigenous content in curricula across UTS... read more

UTS scholarships offer refugees higher learning and hope of a better future

UTS scholarships offer refugees higher learning and hope of a better future

Ten new three-year university scholarships will be awarded to Syrian refugees, who will also receive legal assistance, representation and support provided by supervised UTS law students... read more

March

The Next Big Thing

The Next Big Thing

The Thomas Street building is open for teaching. Home to a 220-seat Super Lab, a forensic suite, simulation and treatment facilities and problem-based learning spaces, the building is helping create Sydney’s own health and science precinct... read more

April

From DAB to NYC

Matthew Dolan

Few emerging designers can cite celebrities like Lady Gaga and Rihanna among their customers – but it’s a reality for New York-based UTS graduate Matthew Dolan... read more

UTS alumni start-up making parenting easier in the digital age

UTS alumni start-up making parenting easier in the digital age

IT graduates Adam Mills and Steve Pack are living the dream of starting their business together - and helping parents in the process... read more

UTS leads Australian charge in young universities world ranking

FEIT Building

UTS has been named Australia's top 'young' university in the 2015 Times Higher Education global 100 Under 50 Ranking... read more

UTS leaps into the world's top 50 in communication and media

UTS leaps into the world's top 50 in communication and media

UTS is the new number one in Australia in the Times Higher Education THE 100 Under 50 rankings for 2015 – an analysis of the world's top 100 universities under 50 years of age... read more

May

A super cool roof solution to being hot in the city

A super cool roof solution to being hot in the city

A UTS research team is claiming a first in super cool roof technology with a surface that stays cooler than the ambient air temperature even under full summer sun... read more

Naming the Dead

Naming the Dead

UTS alumna and forensics expert Professor Shari Forbes explains how Australia’s first taphonomy facility will improve our understanding of human decomposition, and the important role it plays for the future of forensic science in Australia... read more

National conservation award to UTS researcher gives wildlife a voice

National conservation award to UTS researcher gives wildlife a voice

Kangaroo advocate and UTS Postgraduate Science student Mr Ray Mjadwesch has been awarded one of Australia's most prestigious conservation honours from the Australian Wildlife Society... read more

The Write Stuff: UTS alumni at the 2015 Sydney Writers’ Festival

Jemma Birrell

More than 40 UTS alumni are featured amongst a vibrant line-up of authors, artists, journalists and speakers at this year’s Sydney Writers’ Festival, set to engage and inspire the city this month... read more

UTS alumna receives the City of Sydney's 2015 Betty Makin Youth Award

Jemma Birrell

UTS Communications graduate Jiani (Laura) Liu has been recognised for her outstanding contributions to the community, including her role in helping with the Martin Place siege memorial, and plans on donating the prize to assist international students transition into life in Sydney... read more

June

UTS alumni and former Vice-Chancellor take Queen’s Birthday Honours

Professor Ross Milbourne

Former UTS Vice-Chancellor Professor Ross Milbourne was joined by nine outstanding UTS alumni in this year's Queen's Birthday Honours list... read more

UTS alumni and former Vice-Chancellor take Queen’s Birthday Honours

Turning numbers into pictures

Turning numbers into pictures

A virtual reality theatre to be opened at UTS next month will transform numbers on a screen into larger-than-life, moving images... read more

UTS alumni and former Vice-Chancellor take Queen’s Birthday Honours

Visible and vocal

A super cool roof solution to being hot in the city

UTS academics argue an online presence acts like a digital resume, opening doors to opportunities that would never have existed pre-internet... read more

July

Talent and persistence net Walkley student journalism award

Talent and persistence net Walkley student journalism award

Her investigation into the fundraising industry and colourful look at female bodybuilding in Australia have earned UTS postgraduate journalism student Saimi Jeong the 2015 Walkley Student Journalist of the Year award... read more

UTS alumni and former Vice-Chancellor take Queen’s Birthday Honours

UTS partners in Sydney’s new Digital Creative Precinct

Ultimo marked as fertile ground for digital creative startups

Ultimo is set to become the heart of Australia’s own Silicon Valley, with UTS a key partner in the newly launched Piivot Digital Creative Knowledge Hub... read more

UTS alumni and former Vice-Chancellor take Queen’s Birthday Honours

UTS celebrates Neville Quarry

UTS celebrates Neville Quarry, architect and educator

Alumni and friends of Neville Quarry gathered to honour the influential architect and educator, and mark his considerable legacy... read more

UTS alumni and former Vice-Chancellor take Queen’s Birthday Honours

UTS mourns passing of Emeritus Professor Ronald Werner AM

UTS mourns passing of Emeritus Professor Ronald Werner AM

The UTS community has been saddened by news of the death of Emeritus Professor Ronald Werner who was a former Director, and then later President, of NSW Institute of Technology (NSWIT), one of UTS’s founding institutions... read more

UTS alumni and former Vice-Chancellor take Queen’s Birthday Honours

UTS research to aid Californian drought response

UTS research to aid Californian drought response

Institute for Sustainable Futures (ISF) researchers will evaluate the strategies used to cope with Australia’s decade-long drought to help inform policies being developed in California... read more

UTS alumni and former Vice-Chancellor take Queen’s Birthday Honours

UTS takes big data research into 3D with surround sound and vision

UTS takes big data research into 3D with surround sound and vision

UTS is poised for break-through research discoveries across a range of disciplines and sectors with a new Data Arena that enables full 3D sensory immersion in and visualisation of big data... read more

UTS alumni and former Vice-Chancellor take Queen’s Birthday Honours

August

‘Fishing’ for early cancer diagnosis

‘Fishing’ for early cancer diagnosis

Newly invented nanocrystals known as Super Dots® have the capability to “fish” a diseased cell from millions in a blood or urine sample, for example, and give an accurate and non-invasive early diagnosis of prostate cancer, says the technology developer, Dayong Jin... read more

UTS alumni and former Vice-Chancellor take Queen’s Birthday Honours

A peek into our robotic future

A peek into our robotic future

In a basement lab in central Sydney, two high-tech creations are being fine-tuned to solve real-world problems... read more

UTS alumni and former Vice-Chancellor take Queen’s Birthday Honours

Agreement opens a new door to Australia-Asia cooperation

Agreement opens a new door to Australia-Asia cooperation

UTS has signed a landmark memorandum of understanding with Boao Forum for Asia, which promotes economic exchange, coordination, and cooperation within Asia and between Asia and other parts of the world... read more

UTS alumni and former Vice-Chancellor take Queen’s Birthday Honours

Fighting cancer head on

Fighting cancer head on

Head and neck cancers are the sixth most common worldwide, but new research could pave the way for better diagnosis and treatment... read more

UTS alumni and former Vice-Chancellor take Queen’s Birthday Honours

Share your memories as we prepare to say ‘Goodbye Kuring-gai’

Share your memories as we prepare to say ‘Goodbye Kuring-gai’

With the upcoming closure of our much loved Kuring-gai campus, we’re inviting alumni to say farewell and share photos and stories of Kuring-gai... read more

UTS alumni and former Vice-Chancellor take Queen’s Birthday Honours

In the picture

In the picture

UTS alumna Tara McLellan is investigating how we mediate time through our smartphone snaps, and how far we’ve come in more than two centuries of photography... read more

UTS alumni and former Vice-Chancellor take Queen’s Birthday Honours

Kim McKay AO: Transforming the Australian Museum

From DAB to NYC

Few emerging designers can cite celebrities like Lady Gaga and Rihanna among their customers – but it’s a reality for New York-based UTS graduate Matthew Dolan... read more

Midwifery all in the family

Midwifery all in the family

For mother and daughter duo Lorraine Grant and Hannah Clark, maternal health and UTS has become as much a part of their lives as family lunches and candle-making... read more

UTS alumni and former Vice-Chancellor take Queen’s Birthday Honours

New UTS Psychology Clinic opens to public

New UTS Psychology Clinic opens to public

UTS’s innovative new Psychology Clinic has opened this week, providing affordable and valuable mental health treatment for the public... read more

UTS alumni and former Vice-Chancellor take Queen’s Birthday Honours

The new bright lights on Broadway

The new bright lights on Broadway

If you’re in the city, you might have noticed the latest campus addition – three-and-a-half-metre tall sky signage which uses energy-efficient LEDs to light up the Tower at night. But it’s not the only changes ahead for the campus... read more

UTS alumni and former Vice-Chancellor take Queen’s Birthday Honours

UTS Chancellor to retire in February

UTS Chancellor to retire in February

An ‘outstanding and selfless leader’, UTS’s long-serving Chancellor, Professor Vicki Sara AO, has announced her plan to retire in the new year... read more

UTS alumni and former Vice-Chancellor take Queen’s Birthday Honours

UTS claims double Eureka

UTS claims double Eureka

UTS’s Professor Dacheng Tao (Engineering) and Professor Dayong Jin (Science) were both awarded Australian Museum Eureka Prizes, billed as Australia’s most comprehensive national science awards... read more

UTS alumni and former Vice-Chancellor take Queen’s Birthday Honours

September

Alumni recognised amongst Advance Global Australia Awards

Alumni recognised amongst Advance Global Australia Awards

In an Australian first the UTS has unlocked a new model of renewable energy purchasing that could underwrite future large scale renewables projects... read more

UTS alumni and former Vice-Chancellor take Queen’s Birthday Honours

Pilot program a "game changer" for women in science

Pilot program a "game changer" for women in science

UTS has been selected to participate in a national pilot program to improve the promotion and retention of women and gender minorities in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine... read more

UTS alumni and former Vice-Chancellor take Queen’s Birthday Honours

UTS alumnus named head of CSIRO & NICTA’s new digital research division

UTS alumnus named head of CSIRO & NICTA’s new digital research division

Australian tech entrepreneur Adrian Turner will lead one of the largest digital innovation teams in the world, as head of new research entity, Data61... read more

UTS alumni and former Vice-Chancellor take Queen’s Birthday Honours

UTS Business School launches MBA for entrepreneurs

UTS Business School launches MBA for entrepreneurs

UTS Business School has launched Australia's first MBA expressly designed for entrepreneurs seeking to fill gaps in their business skills... read more

UTS alumni and former Vice-Chancellor take Queen’s Birthday Honours

UTS launches new Japan alumni network

UTS claims double Eureka

We’re saying ‘Konnichi wa’ to  all UTS Alumni living and working in Japan, with the launch of our new Japan alumni network, starting with an event in Tokyo on October 1... read more

UTS alumni and former Vice-Chancellor take Queen’s Birthday Honours

UTS moves up QS international rankings for third successive year

View of UTS Broadway campus

UTS has once again improved our global rankings position in the QS World University Rankings, jumping 46 places ... read more

UTS takes the lead in customer-led renewables

UTS takes the lead in customer-led renewables

In an Australian first the UTS has unlocked a new model of renewable energy purchasing that could underwrite future large scale renewables projects... read more

UTS alumni and former Vice-Chancellor take Queen’s Birthday Honours

October

Entrepreneurs with social impact take top alumni honours

Entrepreneurs with social impact take top alumni honours

More than 200 alumni, staff and students attended the gala awards ceremony and dinner in the UTS Great Hall on Thursday 22 October to honour the achievements of 11 of the university’s most outstanding graduates.. read more

From Bondi Beach to transforming businesses

Peter Agnew

After a significant and sustained contribution to surf lifesaving, alumnus Peter Agnew ESM (Emergency Service Medal) has turned his attention to helping people explore how they engage, interact and lead ... read more

Help us spread the word as we say ‘Goodbye Kuring-gai’

Black and white photo of a woman in a swimming costume with a megaphone

Plans are underway for our 'Goodbye Kuring-gai' Reunion event – find out what's happening and help us share the news with your fellow classmates and networks ... read more

How to make the cut in fashion

How to make the cut in fashion

Aspiring fashion designers who know what they’re good at and the aspect of design they love most are at a distinct advantage... read more

Inside story

Inside story

Saimi Jeong never intended to be a journalist, but that hasn’t stopped her taking out Student Journalist of the Year at the 2015 Walkley Awards... read more

Leading by example

Mark Wilson with African child

In his 32-year career with the Royal Australian Navy, Lieutenant Commander Mark Wilson has risen to the occasion in some incredibly challenging circumstances, and trained countless other sailors to do the same ... read more

Quantum communications go thin and light

Quantum communications go thin and light

A team of UTS researchers has made a major breakthrough that could pave the way for the next generation of quantum communications... read more

Shop Talk: Alumni guiding tomorrow's leaders

Christopher Brew and Claire Pettigrew

For communications alumni Claire Pettigrew and Christopher Brew, a shared passion for social justice and community organisations has seen them both return to UTS to help today's students hone their leadership and volunteers in UTS's unique SOULstars program ... read more

Teaching parents how to parent

Teaching parents how to parent

Good parenting is not instinctive for many adults, especially if they’ve had a difficult upbringing. A new program aims to work with parents as soon as the family comes to the attention of authorities, so that the children are not removed from their parents... read more

UTS to support Sydney City celebrations in Guangzhou

UTS to support Sydney City celebrations in Guangzhou

UTS will support the City of Sydney in celebrating the 30th anniversary of its sister city relationship with Guangzhou in China... read more

Ranking adds momentum to UTS's rising star

View of UTS Broadway campus at twilight

Reinforcing UTS's strong teaching and research performance, we have been placed in the 201-250 band in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015-2016, becoming the ninth ranked Australian institution and the leading "young" university in the country ... read more

November

Entrepreneurs with social impact take top alumni honours

Entrepreneurs with social impact take top alumni honours

More than 350 alumni, staff, students and friends of UTS came together this November to say goodbye to our leafy Kuring-gai campus... read more

How to train your robot

How to train your robot

Find out how hands-on classes are teaching undergraduate students to create complex robots capable of doing something meaningful... read more

Long Bay

Long Bay

UTS alumna Eleanor Limprecht’s new book Long Bay tells the real-life story of Rebecca Sinclair, who along with her husband was running an abortion clinic at the beginning of the 20th century in Sydney... read more

Remembering Kuring-gai

Remembering Kuring-gai

From possums to poetry, togas to teachers, evergreen carpet and trees, our Kuring-gai alumni have been reliving their favourite campus memories ahead of our special ‘Goodbye Kuring-gai’ reunion in November.... read more

UTS alumni and former Vice-Chancellor take Queen’s Birthday Honours

The beat of his drum

The beat of his drum

James Tawadros isn’t your ordinary 26-year-old. He’s a scientist, biomedical engineering graduate, ARIA-winning percussionist and a “die hard for Mozart”... read more

Top architecture prize for UTS

Top architecture prize for UTS

The building housing the UTS Science Faculty and Graduate School of Health has been awarded the inaugural National Award for Educational Architecture by the Australian Institute of Architects... read more

UTS springs higher in young universities ranking

UTS buildings

The latest release of the 2015 QS Top 50 Under 50 rankings reinforces UTS’s position as the top-ranked "young" Australian university... read more

UTS winners at the Australia China Alumni Awards

UTS winners at the Australia China Alumni Awards

Two UTS alumni have been recognised at the seventh annual Australia China Alumni Awards, held at a gala dinner in Beijing... read more

December

Catherine Livingstone to be UTS Chancellor

Catherine Livingstone

President of the Business Council of Australia, Catherine Livingstone AO, will be the next UTS Chancellor, commencing in December 2016... read more

Renewing our future

Professor Tim Flannery launching the report at UTS with Climate Council CEO Amanda McKenzie. Picture courtesy the Climate Council

As the world’s leaders meet at the climate conference in Paris, scientist Tim Flannery chose UTS as the place to launch his report from the Climate Council... read more

The power of one

The power of one

Last year’s UTS: International Alumni Award recipient, Li Hua Tong navigates a highly complex political environment to bring justice to China’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged... read more

Read more in our 2014 news archive.