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University of Western Sydney

Motto Bringing knowledge to life
Established 1989
Type Public
Chancellor Mr John Phillips AO
Vice-Chancellor Professor Janice Reid AM
Faculty College of Arts
Location Sydney, NSW, Australia
Campus Urban
Website www.uws.edu.au

The University of Western Sydney (UWS) is a large, multi-campused and comprehensive metropolitan University with 35,000 students and 2,500 staff members. It has a very strong focus on teaching. It is located in the Western Sydney region of New South Wales, Australia. It was formed in 1989 as the University of Western Sydney Federation. Image File history File links UWS_logo. ... For other uses, see Motto (disambiguation). ... The date of establishment or date of founding of an institution is the date on which that institution chooses to claim as its starting point. ... This does not cite its references or sources. ... A Chancellor is the head of a university. ... Insignia of a Companion of the Order of Australia. ... A Vice-Chancellor (commonly called the VC) of a university in the United Kingdom, other Commonwealth countries, and some universities in Hong Kong, is the de facto head of the university. ... A masters degree is an academic degree usually awarded for completion of a postgraduate or graduate course of one to three years in duration. ... A faculty is a division within a university. ... This article is about the metropolitan area in Australia. ... “NSW” redirects here. ... Cities with at least a million inhabitants in 2006 An urban area is an area with an increased density of human-created structures in comparison to the areas surrounding it. ... A website (alternatively, Web site or web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos and other digital assets that is hosted on one or several Web server(s), usually accessible via the Internet, cell phone or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML... Greater Western Sydney is a very general term which is used to describe the region west of the metropolitan area of Sydney, Australia. ... “NSW” redirects here. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ...



In 1987 the New South Wales Labor government decided to name the planned new university in Sydney's western suburbs Chifley University. When, in 1989, a new Liberal government renamed it the University of Western Sydney, controversy broke out. According to a debate[1] on the topic, held in 1997 after the Labor Party had regained government, the decision to rename Chifley University reflected a desire to attach the name of Chifley to institutions of lasting significance, and that idea ultimately received the support of Bob Carr, later the Premier of New South Wales.

The University has a legislative basis in NSW state legislation with the passing of the University of Western Sydney Act (NSW) 1997, which also empowers the university to make by-laws affecting the operation of the university.

The University consists of an amalgamation of campuses, each with their own unique and individual history, however due to the university attempting to unify all campuses into a single entity, clear distinctions between the natures of individual campuses are becoming hard to find. The oldest campus, Hawkesbury campus, was founded in 1891 by the NSW Agricultural Society.

In 2000, after internal restructuring, the Hawkesbury, Macarthur and Nepean campuses ceased to exist as autonomous components of the now defunct University of Western Sydney Federation and became a part of the new multi-campus University of Western Sydney. Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ...

The UWS mission is to be a university of international standing and outlook, achieving excellence through scholarship, teaching, learning, research and service to its regional, national and international communities, beginning with the people of Greater Western Sydney.

Research strengths

Research at the University of Western Sydney focuses on solving real life problems and is responsive to contemporary challenges in Greater Western Sydney and beyond. The University’s research centres and programs attract international, national and local interest and contribute to developments that are making a difference in contemporary life. [2]

The University of Western Sydney is rapidly growing its research capacity – with an annual growth in external research income of over 20%. The success rate of the Australian Research Council Linkage research partnerships with industry and business is consistently among the top five in Australia.


The University of Western Sydney is made up of six campuses and two precincts, each campus hosting their own unique array of courses, the unit loading of which may be shared across campuses.

Campbelltown Campus

UWS Campbelltown Campus is located in the Macarthur region in south-western Sydney. Together with the Bankstown campus, the Campbelltown campus was originally part of the Macarthur Institute of Higher Education, founded in 1984. 2007 saw the first intake of students commencing the Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree. A new building to house those students is still being constructed at the Campbellotwn Campus (anticipated to be completed in November 2007). It is hoped that many of the School's graduates will stay on in the Western Sydney region, helping to address a shortfall in medical professionals in the area.

Bankstown Campus

UWS Bankstown Campus is a relatively new campus, located at Milperra, about 5-10 minutes from the Bankstown CBD. Specialising in the social sciences, most of the students on campus are psychology, sociology, nursing, arts and linguistic students. The campus also hosts the Bachelor of Policing degree. The campus also includes a modern cafeteria/eatery area, a full-size football oval and is home to the MARCS Sensory Laboratories. Adjacent to the campus is Mount Saint Joseph Catholic Secondary Girls High School. UWS's most well-known interpreting and translation course is taught at Bankstown campus. UWS trains and produces many NAATI accredited interpreters and translators. The oldest building on campus was opened in 1989. The building contains a plaque indicating that it was opened by the then treasurer and former Prime Minister Paul Keating. Milperra is a suburb in western Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. ... Bankstown is a suburb in south-western Sydney, in the state of New South Wales Australia. ... For other persons named Paul Keating, see Paul Keating (disambiguation). ...

Blacktown Campus

The UWS Blacktown Campus is built on the site of the HMAS Nirimba, a former naval base, and is also known as the Nirimba Campus. It is located in the Nirimba Education Precinct, in Quakers Hill, about 10 minutes from the Blacktown CBD. The UWS Campus shares facilities with two schools, one public high school and one Catholic College. There is also a TAFE on site. It is primarily a single-discipline campus, offering business courses which are also taught at other UWS campuses. By 2009, the Quakers Hill Campus will close due to the reallocation of University resources, and will relocate students and staff to Kingswood and Rydalmere Campuses. [3] Quakers Hill is a suburb in the City of Blacktown, in Western Sydney on the outskirts of the Hills District, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. ... Blacktown is a suburb in the City of Blacktown, in Western Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. ...

Hawkesbury Campus

UWS Hawkesbury Campus, also known as the Richmond campus, is located on a 1300 hectare site in the Hawkesbury Valley in north-western Sydney, near the town of Richmond. The campus was originally the Hawkesbury Agricultural College, established by the New South Wales Department of Agriculture in 1891. Hawkesbury Agricultural College was the first agricultural college of New South Wales, Australia. ...

The Hawkesbury Campus houses the Hawkesbury Forest Experiment which is one of the most ambitious studies of climate change to be undertaken in the Southern Hemisphere. The Experiment consists of twelve giant chambers with individual, living trees in controlled environments which will help predict what will happen to the Australian bush over the next century. [4]

This campus is also home to the Forensic Science degree and holds a crime scene house, various forensic lab equipment. The Centre for Plant and Food Science is also located at this campus. [5] Agents of the United States Army Criminal Investigation Division investigate a crime scene Forensic science (often shortened to forensics) is the application of a broad spectrum of sciences to answer questions of interest to the legal system. ...

Parramatta Campus

The Parramatta campus was established in the 1800s as a female orphan school. The Rydalmere campus has long served the populace of Western Sydney.

A historical site with contemporary features, the Rydalmere campus was opened in 1998 and has proved one of the more coveted campuses for students from the inner city and western Sydney as it is by far the closest campus to Sydney metropolitan and inner city suburbs as well as located closer to amenities and employment areas.

The campus is located in Rydalmere, near Rosehill the traditional foundation site of the greater portion of Australia's colonial heritage. Courses include nursing, business and law. It also hosts science courses in modern buildings near to the main Rydalmere campus at a site formally used by quarantine authorities, CSIRO and Amdel Sugar (the BCRI laboratories).

Before the Parramatta Campus was developed, classes were held at the Westmead Precinct. Westmead is a suburb of Sydney, Australia. ...

Penrith Campus

The largest of the university's campuses, UWS Penrith is made up of three areas; Kingswood, Werrington South and Werrington North.

Kingswood has most of the campus's student services and facilities, computer rooms, classrooms and lecture theatres. It also has tennis courts, a gym, a bar (the Swamp Bar) and student accommodation. The Allen Library, which has a focus on engineering and science texts, is located at Kingswood.

Werrington South has fewer classrooms and lecture theatres. It contains Ward Library, which has a focus on arts and humanities. It contains the faculty of communications, design and media. It is also the site of Sydney's community television station TVS. This is the campus for the Communications degree, which is one of the best Communications degrees in Sydney. Television Sydney (TVS) is a free-to-air television station broadcasting in Sydney, Australia on the UHF 31 frequency. ...

Werrington North used to be a teaching campus but is now administration only, and houses the Chancellor and Vice Chancellor's offices. It also has the Nepean Observatory built by Dr Graeme White (no longer with UWS) and members of the UWS Centre for Astronomy.

Focus areas are split between Werrington South and Kingswood, with most engineering, computing, music, fine arts and humanities subjects having classes in Kingswood and communication arts and drama subjects having classes at Werrington South.

Westmead Precinct

The Westmead Precinct is part of the Parramatta Campus. The oldest building on the site was the home of the historic St Vincent's Orphanage. The Westmead area is one of Sydney's premier medical districts and includes Westmead Hospital and the The Children's Hospital at Westmead. However, for the last few years the Westmead Precinct has been leased to private companies, including Sydney Western International College (of which UWS is a 51% majority holder) and the NSW Police. Amid quite a bit of controversy, the University has been pushing to sell the site for the past four years, resulting in a backlash from unions and students alike. [citation needed] Westmead Hospital is a major 850 bed tertiary hospital in Sydney, Australia, Opened in 1980, it is now the major hospital in the newly merged Sydney West Area Health Service. ... The Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children, more commonly known as The Childrens Hospital at Westmead or The New Childrens Hospital, is located on Hawkesbury Road in Westmead. ... Badge of the NSW Police The New South Wales Police (also NSW Police or NSWPOL) is the primary law enforcement agency in the State of New South Wales, Australia. ...

University Life

The University of Western Sydney has three student organisations, each with their own focus and areas of responsibility. These organisations are responsible for the bulk of extracurricular activities and services provided by the University. Each organisation previously sourced their funds from Compulsory Student Unionism fees. With the passage of Voluntary Student Unionism legislation, UWS agreed to fund the organisations, but at a substantially reduced level. UWSSA also asks students to pay a voluntary $60 fee. UWSSA and PAUWS are independent of the university while uwsconnect is wholly owned by UWS. All are non-profit organisations. In Australia, Universal Student Unionism (or USU) is the principle that all students at tertiary education institutions must belong to the student union at their institution. ... Voluntary student unionism (VSU) is a policy under which membership of – and payment of membership fees to – university student organisations is not compulsory. ...


UWSSA logo

The University of Western Sydney Student Association. Its motto is "Bringing life to knowledge" - a twist on the University's motto. It aims to improve student life by providing support services, welfare information and standing up for the rights of students. Image File history File links Uwssa. ... Image File history File links Uwssa. ...

UWSSA publishes The Western Onion, the UWS student newspaper. The Western Onion is a student newspaper published at the University of Western Sydney in Sydney, Australia. ...

uwsconnect Ltd

uwsconnect logo

uwsconnect is a not for profit[citation needed] company owned by the University which aims to improve university life by providing bars, cafés, sporting events, recreational activities, etc. It is responsible for organising commercial ties with the university and its students, such as advertising space within the university, vending machines and student discounts and special offers. Image File history File links Uwsconnect. ... Image File history File links Uwsconnect. ...


PAUWS Inc logo

Postgraduate Association for students attending the University of Western Sydney. PAUWS is a student association for the postgraduate student population. Image File history File links PAUWS.png Summary PAUWS Inc logo. ... Image File history File links PAUWS.png Summary PAUWS Inc logo. ...

External links

  • University site
  • Locations of the Universities' Campuses
  • UWS Students' Association

See also

  • Television Sydney- Sydney community TV station run from Penrith Campus (Werrington South)

Television Sydney (TVS) is a free-to-air television station broadcasting in Sydney, Australia on the UHF 31 frequency. ...


  1. ^ 1997 Parliamentary debate about UWS accessed June 2007
  2. ^ http://www.uws.edu.au/research
  3. ^ http://apps.uws.edu.au/media/news/index.phtml?act=view&story_id=1943
  4. ^ http://apps.uws.edu.au/media/news/index.phtml?act=view&story_id=1649
  5. ^ http://www.uws.edu.au/research/researchcentres/pafs



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