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MBA students (Steve Yun, Sharon Liu, Omendra Singh, Stella Li, Mandeep Singhat) at Cana Farm in Orchard Hills (2012)

MBA students present their final business plan to The Big Lift team (2012)

Lisa Andersen on a Vivid Festival panel with Jess Scully, Kate Murray and Michael Cohen speaking about accessing creative spaces (2012)

Industrial Design students demonstrate their Amazing Turtle design to Riki Gunn from Ghost Nets Australia (2011)

Pauline O'Loughlin and Lisa Andersen ring the bell at Markets Campus to herald the end of semester (2011)

MBA students with their supervisor Ian Douglas presenting a business model to Refugee Art Project team (2011)

MBA students learn first hand about boating and the work of Sailability Manly (2011)

Coordinators of empty spaces projects from around Australia came to UTS to share their experiences and expertise (2011)
Photo: Joanne Saad

Celebrating Shopfront's 15th birthday: UTS Shopfront team with the DVC (International and Development) Professor Bill Purcell (2011)

Visual Communications students present their designs to Steve Lawrence and Raul Caceres from the Australia Social Innovation Exchange (2010)

Launching the Empty Spaces project are the then NSW Minister of the Arts and Professor Bill Purcell (2010)
Photo: Joanne Saad

MBA students presenting their business plan to Tracey Allen from Red Cockatoo Australia (2010)

CAMRA research team led by Lisa Andersen with the Outhouse Story Catcher (2010)

Design students: Sabrina Ang, Keira Bourke, Sabina Fishcher and Alison Wu with their DVD design for Circus Solarus (2009)

Dr Linda Leung (IML) was awarded the Shopfront Research Fellowship for her work with refugees on access to technology (2009)
Photo: Joanne Saad

Sonwabo Ngcelwane, and the UTS Gateways team at the launch of a special edition on social responsiveness in South Africa (2009)
Photo: Joanne Saad

Holroyd Parramatta Migrant Services manager, Isaac Kisimba, talking to a group about the African Food Project at Schofields (2009)

Mark Robinson from Radio 2SER runs Alissar Chidiac through the use of radio equipment (2008)

Ken (Kien Quoc) Giang and Rose (Hong Nhung) Nguyen – Masters of IT students develop the website for House of Welcome (2008)

Design students Adi Fink, Amy Kokotas, Amy O'Connor, Sarah Pettitt and Caitlin Taffs with Suz Gavran from Taldumande Youth Services (2008)

Hello Chicago! Launch of Gateways Journal a partnership project with Loyola University, Chicago (2008)
Photo: Joanne Saad

Tree planting to celebrate Shopfront’s 5th birthday (2001)

Construction Management students building at Addison Road Community Centre (1998)

Visual Communications students present their prototype for The Community Living Kit to Community Connections Australia (2006)

MBA students strategic planning with Global Food Relief (2007)

Katrina Yu and Lyn Collingwood produced New Theatre’s festival of Arab-Australian culture (2006)

Terry Olsen dances at Shopfront’s 10th birthday party (2006)

‘Stand Your Ground’ performances with Pact Youth Theatre and young people from Redfern-Waterloo (2001 & 2002)

‘The Big Issue’ vendor tests the 2nd prototype of a multi-purpose bag designed by Nicola Hunt to assist homeless and unemployed people (2005)

Masters of Planning students conceptualise an Ecologically Sustainable Living Centre with the Wolli Creek Preservation Society (2001)

Spokespeople from the Muslim Womens’ Association do media training with Radio 2SER post-September 11 (2001).

Neighbourhood Centre coordinators and Shopfront launch the ‘Imagine Communities Without Them’ research report by Lucy Marshall (2006).

Design for the ‘Silken Threads Floating Dreams’ exhibition with South-Asian, Egyptian and Pacific Island textile designers (2000)

NSW Governor Marie Bashir launches the Touching Base information website developed by IT and design students (2003)

Tribal Warrior, the 120 year old pearling lugger owned and operated by the Redfern-based Tribal Warrior Association - a long term Shopfront community partner.

Design students present ‘Playzone’, a computer game for children with autism (1998)

Completion certificates for the inaugural Shopfront Community Fellows (2001).

Business students work with International Help Fund Australia on a sponsorship and fundraising plan (2007)

Law students present their ‘Removing the Obstacles’ research report at the Arts Law Week panel on heritage buildings and disability access (2008)

Damien Spry signs copies of his Shopfront Research Series book, ‘Doing the Rights Thing’, at its launch on International Human Rights Day (2007)

UTS Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ross Milbourne, and Shopfront staff accept an Australian Award for University Teaching at Parliament House (2005)

Welcome to UTS Shopfront

Shopfront is a gateway for community access to the University of Technology, Sydney. We link community organisations to UTS's knowledges, skills, resources and professional expertise to do community-initiated projects and community-engaged research with real social benefit. 

Since 1996 more than 600 projects have been successfully completed with over 700 community partners, all UTS faculties, and more than 2,500 UTS staff and students.

Working with Us

We've created an environment where people with creativity and commitment work together to fulfil community goals. If you're motivated to make a difference, work with us on:

Free, community-initiated projects delivered by final-year or postgraduate students under academic supervision.

Community-engaged research with high impact outcomes for communities of interest or practice beyond the university.

Accessing UTS staff expertise and advice for community programs and initiatives.

Brokering partnerships between the community, academics, government and business to contribute to the public good.