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UTS Central offers gateway to future of learning

Friday, 16 August 2019

Source: University of Technology Sydney

The University of Technology Sydney (UTS) today launches UTS Central, the final building in the 10-year campus redevelopment program and an important asset for students, staff and the wider community.

From its double helix staircase to its modernist glass façade, world-leading collaborative learning spaces and scholarly reading room, UTS Central has been designed and configured for a contemporary education.

UTS Vice-Chancellor Professor Attila Brungs said the university’s strategy and approach to education is embodied in a unique new building that also redefines the southern gateway to Sydney’s CBD. The facility provides a hub for staff, students, industry and the community to create and share knowledge.

“Our decade-long campus redevelopment has revolutionised teaching and learning, allowing us to deliver practice-oriented programs to prepare graduates for the workplaces of today and tomorrow. UTS Central is the confident and contemporary embodiment of that educational evolution. It reflects not only our experimentation and innovation over the last five years, but all we’ve learned in the 30 years since UTS was founded and provides the perfect counterpoint to the renowned brutalist tower next door,” Professor Brungs said.

“UTS Central is tailor-made for active learning – gone are large-scale lecture theatres in favour of collaborative classrooms, integrating the best of technology.

“We have created more spaces to connect students to active research and co-locate industry to allow our students to gain hands-on experience and develop their work-ready skills for a changing jobs market.

“The design of the building encourages our students to look outwards to the communities in which they will work and contribute and, at the same time, we welcome the community to come in and access our facilities and services.”

Key features of the 17-storey UTS Central are:

• The Reading Room with three-storey atrium, overlooking Alumni Green

• The Hive Superlab, a science laboratory able to accommodate up to 270 students working together or in small groups

• The UTS Blake Library, occupying levels 7 to 9 and boasting a direct connection to the automated library retrieval system beneath Alumni Green

• New premises for the Faculty of Law, including authentic Moot Court and Sir Gerard Brennan trial courts

• Research spaces for the Faculty of Engineering and IT

• A Research Excellence and Support Hub (RES Hub)

• Customised 350-seat collaborative classrooms and a research scholars’ centre

• Food court and terrace café/restaurant.

The three customised collaborative classrooms housed in UTS Central are unique to UTS. They will support active and collaborative learning at scale, with space for up to 350 students in each of the two largest classrooms. These classrooms have been designed with no obvious ‘front’ of the room, but are instead divided – physically and with technology – into several smaller ‘zones’ for group learning.

The Hive Superlab is similarly configured, with 42 pods of six students each, able to work together and solve problems as they would in a workplace.

Professor Shirley Alexander, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education and Students) said learning at university is changing, which means the nature of the student experience is changing.

“Students must master a body of knowledge, develop the skills to work in a team, communicate effectively in a variety of forms, engage in sophisticated problem-solving, and be creative and entrepreneurial,” Professor Alexander said.

“The spaces in UTS Central have been designed to support active and collaborative learning activities. Inspired by research, these spaces enable our students to graduate as highly competent professionals.”

UTS Central completes the university’s original City Campus Master Plan, which also includes the aluminium-encased engineering and IT building, the Vicki Sara science building across Alumni Green and the Frank Gehry-designed Dr Chau Chak Wing building.


• A factsheet about UTS Central is available here.

• Photographs are available here.

• Video/drone footage is available here.

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Fiona McGill

Senior Media and PR Adviser

M: 0428 883 325

E: fiona.mcgill@uts.edu.au; newsroom@uts.edu.au