Founded in 1950, the University of New South Wales is one of Australia’s leading teaching and research universities. Renowned internationally, the UNSW has a reputation for pioneering specialist research and development. The university offers students a number of different clubs and societies ranging from sporting and social activities to political and religious groups. The campus library holds an extensive collection of research material and the bookshop stocks a wide range of text books and literature.
The University of New South Wales boasts amongst its alumni ex-New South Wales Premier Bob Carr; politician, activist and rock musician Peter Garrett; and filmmaker George Miller. It offers many free concerts and lectures throughout the year. UNSW is also home to The National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) where the likes of Mel Gibson, Nicole Kidman, Cate Blanchett, and Geoffrey Rush were students, just to name a few.
Situated on Anzac Parade the university was built on the site of the former Kensington Racecourse, the grounds still house some of the original racecourse buildings. A feature among the University buildings is the Scientia conference and special event venue which was designed and built to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the university. This spectacular building is a beautiful example of modern architecture with high ceilings, marvellous views and an inspired glass and steel canopy suspended above the foyer.
A stroll around the landscaped grounds at the campus allows visitors to view the impressive collection of sculptures and public art on display. You can sit in the gardens and relax while contemplating the many different styles of art scattered around the university. Abstract forms made from recycled steel such as “The Bath” and cast bronze sculptures such as “Torso Turning” are examples of contrast in the many different media and visions of the artists.
Stay fit and active by using the facilities at the university’s lifestyle centre. Open to the public, the centre offers daily passes and longer term membership. Swim, take an aqua aerobics class or play water polo in the indoor olympic sized swimming pool. Work out on the exercise equipment in the gym’s weights and cardio room or take part in a circuit program. Personal trainers are on staff for those who want a personal assessment of their fitness. You may choose to grab a friend and hire one of the squash or tennis courts for a casual hit, or find a team to play basketball, indoor soccer, volleyball or badminton.