Help shape the future of our campuses

28 May 2024
View of library lawn with students sitting

Complete an online survey by Sunday 30 June to have your say on the Space Principles that will guide future campus developments.

The Future Campus project aims to understand how UNSW’s space needs have changed and how they will continue to change in the future. It is considering what we want from our campuses in the coming years, from world-class learning and teaching spaces and research infrastructure to modern offices and engaging outdoor areas.

Draft Future Campus Space Principles that capture our shared aspirations and objectives for the design and development of campus spaces are now available for feedback.

The draft Principles were developed by four working groups, with representatives from across faculties and divisions, under four pillars: 

  • Pillar one: Education & Student Experience
  • Pillar two: Research & Entrepreneurial Campus
  • Pillar three: Workspace
  • Pillar four: Campus experience. 

The Space Principles will inform more detailed Guidelines which will be applied to all capital projects and future space strategies for the University. Together, the Principles and Guidelines will guide the creation of spaces that are welcoming, inspiring and practical to meet the needs of students and staff.

Provost Professor Vlado Perkovic said the Future Campus program is an opportunity to reimagine how we use space at the University to be more sustainable, support greater collaboration, embrace new technologies and enable greater flexibility.

“This is an exciting time for UNSW. The ways we use our campus spaces are evolving as we embrace new ways of teaching, flexible working, growth opportunities and new research and industry connections,” he said.

“These Principles will help guide how we think about and develop space across all areas of our work, from research to teaching and learning to office-based work, in response to those changes.”

Vice-President Operations Andrew Walters said: “We’re having practical conversations this year about how we can reimagine our campuses using the approach captured in the Space Principles and through the development of the University’s new master plan.

“We want campus spaces that delight and create a sense of belonging and connection for our students and staff. Taking a considered approach to how we create and use space on campus will have many benefits for the University as a whole, including a positive impact on our environmental and financial sustainability. It will mean we can be more responsive to opportunities and change, and will allow space for research, learning and teaching in a way that is sustainable and equitable.” 

Share your feedback

Your feedback is valuable. Please complete the survey by 30 June to help us shape the future of campus development.

The Future Campus team will be running drop-in sessions in June where you can learn more about the project and the Space Principles. Check the Future Campus website for updates. 

Find the answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the Space Principles and Future Campus project.