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The following centres and research initiatives are associated with the Faculty:

2SER-FM (107.3FM)
The UTS Writers' Group
Insearch UTS

Australian Centre for Independent Journalism (ACIJ)

Established in 1990, the Australian Centre for Independent Journalism supports and develops independent, critical and investigative journalism, educational and professional development, and journalism research.

The ACIJ supports and administers:

  • regular publications, including community newspaper The Point and online magazine Reportage, both of which welcome student contributions
  • an active volunteer program for students interested in participating in the Centre's activities
  • short courses in journalism, print production and research skills, including twice-yearly shorthand courses for journalism students
  • conferences, seminars, guest lectures and forums
  • the annual George Munster Award for Independent Journalism, and other awards
  • the annual Public Right to Know (PR2K) Conference
  • small research grants for journalism projects
  • submissions to government inquiries, to protect and extend the rights of journalists and freedom of the press
  • production of journalism training manuals, resources and reporting guides, and publication and sales of critical and investigative books and articles.

The ACIJ has a strong interest in investigative journalism, undertaking investigative journalism projects on a regular basis. These appear in both the mainstream media and the Centre's online publication Reportage, as well as in special reports. The ACIJ also conducts research briefs on commission from media and other organisations in the community.


ACIJ: www.acij.uts.edu.au

Reportage Online: www.reportage.uts.edu.au

Public Right to Know Conference: www.acij.uts.edu.au/pr2k/index.html

Australian Centre for Public Communication (ACPC)

Public Communication is a dynamic and challenging field addressing communication issues and practices in the public domain. The Australian Centre for Public Communication was founded in 2002 as an initiative of the highly regarded Public Communication Program Area at UTS, to provide a focus for debate and research about ideas, issues and events in the field, both in Australia and internationally. Activities carried out by the ACPC include:

  • developing links with overseas scholars and institutions
  • developing industry liaison and partnerships, particularly work experience, internship programs and job opportunities for students and graduates
  • undertaking research projects for the extension of knowledge in public communication and the development of professional ethical practice
  • seminars, publications, short courses, organisational training and Continuing Professional Education (CPE)
  • alumni Chapter communication and activities.

Visit the ACPC website at:


Australian Centre for Public History (ACPH)

Public History in Australia has been defined as the practice of history by academically trained historians working for public agencies or as freelancers. Public historians may work in heritage conservation, commissioned history, museums, the media, education, radio, film, interactive multimedia and other areas. They are concerned with addressing the relationship between audience, practice and social context.

The Australian Centre for Public History promotes the practice and understanding of public history in both the academy and the community. It is linked to the postgraduate coursework Public History Program in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and supports the growth of research degrees in the public history area.

Established in 1998, the Centre's objectives are to:

  • provide a variety of bodies in educational, community and professional sectors with a gateway to public history expertise and resources at UTS
  • facilitate innovative and flexible teaching
  • facilitate communication between Australian and international historians working in public and applied history, including staff and student exchanges, in the Asia-Pacific region as well as in Europe and North America
  • facilitate international curriculum development
  • seek local, state and federal support for public history and related endeavours
  • foster and undertake research in the area of public history and to carry out appropriate consultancies to support these objectives.

Visit the ACPH website at:


Research Initiative in International Activism

The field of social movement research is exceptionally fertile. Founded in 2002, the UTS Research Initiative in International Activism explores and analyses activism, social movements, social change, the politics of globalisation, and the fluidities and contestations that characterise their interactions.

The Initiative seeks to enable comparative and other avenues of collaboration through a focus of three areas of general research.

  • Grounded international analysis of social activism and social movement mobilisation.
  • Analysis of Australian social activism and movements within this framework.
  • Engagement with debates about social activism, social change and social movements in a number of disciplines and in a range of cultural and linguistic traditions.

The Initiative also hosts seminars, forums and conferences. Visit the website at:


Trans/forming Cultures Centre

Since 1996, UTS has worked to build a critical mass of expertise and momentum across the University in its identified areas of strength. Trans/forming Cultures is a Key University Research Centre which conducts research within the broad area of 'cultural studies' – both the making and analysis of culture, as expressed in the work of many Faculty staff. Three broad intellectual endeavours are incorporated in these research efforts:

  • Cultural history
  • Transnational cultural studies
  • Culture and communication.

Details of the Centre's aims, projects, publications, seminars, workshops and conference program can be found at:


2SER-FM (107.3FM)

2SER-FM is an educational public radio station which welcomes the participation of all students and the wider community. The majority of its extremely diverse programs are produced by volunteers who work in and contribute to all areas of the station.

2SER-FM provides valuable experience and skills in broadcasting. To find out more information, visit the website at:



telephone (02) 9514 9514


The Theatre Repertoire of UTS (TROUTS) is the University's Drama Society. Open to all students, the society offers the chance to get involved with theatre, write, and direct, perform, manage, light, design and more. Visit the webpage via:



Vertigo is the newspaper produced during semester by and for the students of the University. It is distributed to every UTS campus and is also available at various theatres, cinemas, record shops and bookshops around Sydney. It remains a helpful tool for students studying journalism and professional writing in terms of the development of professional skills, and provides invaluable experience in all aspects of information gathering and newspaper production. Find out more at:


The UTS Writers' Group

This collective is run by and for students and is open to all students at the University.

Group activities have included readings, seminars, workshops, guest speakers, and the editing and publication of the UTS Writers' Anthology. The group also runs successful fundraising activities.

Committee positions within the group fall vacant at the end of each Spring semester, and new students are encouraged to join and extend the activities of the group.

Insearch UTS

Insearch UTS, wholly owned by the University, offers a Diploma program in Communication. Students who have completed the Diploma at a high Credit average level may apply to the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) for admission to the Faculty's undergraduate program. If admitted, students with a Distinction average may be eligible for up to one year's advanced standing. For further information, contact:

Insearch UTS
10 Quay Street, Haymarket
telephone (02)9218 8600
email Courses@insearch.edu.au