Vice-Chancellor and President:
Professor Janice Reid AC
The University of Western Sydney (UWS) is a large, research-led metropolitan university operating over multiple teaching campuses in Greater Western Sydney, one of the fastest growing, economically significant and most dynamic regions in Australia.
UWS is enterprising and forward-looking, embracing diversity and a committment to excellence, access and opportunity. Over half of its students are the first in their families to attend university, and the University has the largest number of students from lower socio-economic backgrounds in Australia.
UWS has built a reputation as a highly adaptable and responsive university, borne out in its consistently high student satisfaction ratings, and praise from the Australian Universities Quality Agency. The University `brings knowledge to life' in the education of students for employment, the application of research to contemporary problems, and mutually enriching partnerships with local schools, businesses, and community groups.
Established in 1989, UWS can trace its history back to 1891 when its oldest predecessor, the Hawkesbury Agricultural College, enrolled its first students. Today the University has over 40,000 students, and 2,500 staff. Its diverse local and international population creates vibrant, intellectual environments, and enriches the student experience.
Each campus has its own character and although it's among Australia's largest universities, UWS is known as a friendly and welcoming place. UWSCollege, the University's pathways college based at Nirimba, is significantly expanding its operations in 2013 creating new facilities at Penrith and Bankstown campuses and also establishing a UWS outreach campus in Lithgow.
UWS has professionally relevant degrees developing students' critical thinking and academic skills. Many courses are developed with industry input and are taught by people who are leaders in their fields. UWS academics have taken out the prestigious Prime Minister's Award for Australian University Teacher of the Year for two consecutive years, with Professor Roy Tasker and Professor James Arvanitakis receiving the accolade in 2011 and 2012 respectively.
UWS research is a major driver of new knowledge and innovation and ranks among the nation's best, with over 70 per cent of the University's research fields assessed in the second Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessment considered to be at world standard or better. Three key UWS research areas - plant biology, forestry sciences, and complementary medicine - received ratings "well above world standard".
The internationally-renowned Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment is home to multi-million dollar research facilities that are being used to work on sustainable solutions for the future, including the most comprehensive climate change experiments of its kind anywhere in the world.
UWS graduates are creating an impact through their professional endeavours and helping to make a difference in their communities. They are known by employers for being able to "hit the ground running" and are achieving career successes in government, the legal profession, health, scientific and research fields, business, and through the arts, creative disciplines and the humanities.