UNSW and Liverpool City Council commit to work together

27 Mar 2024
Liverpool MOU

An MOU brings strengths in research, education and entrepreneurship to the partnership. 

UNSW Sydney has signed a three-year memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Liverpool City Council, committing to work together to create lasting positive impacts that empower the City of Liverpool and foster regional growth. The agreement helps to embed UNSW as the local Group of Eight Go8 university in South West Sydney, and brings strengths in research, education and entrepreneurship to the partnership. 

At a ceremony at Liverpool City Council, Dean of UNSW Arts, Design & Architecture, Professor Claire Annesley, signed the agreement on behalf of UNSW as the University’s executive lead for the Greater Sydney Strategy. 

“UNSW has a strong, established presence in the South West, and has done for 35 years. But, our vision for the region has evolved and it’s changed more rapidly in recent years. It’s changed because the needs of this community have changed,” Prof. Annesley said. 

“We want to respond to the community through genuine connections. By signing this memorandum today, we reaffirm our commitment to do more– we want to deliver activities that benefit the people of Liverpool and the wider community.”

UNSW aims to collaborate and co-operate with Liverpool City Council to drive positive socio-economic development and community well-being through collaborative research, education and locally based initiatives. 

Liverpool City Mayor Ned Mannoun was thrilled to announce a closer relationship with the University.

“This is an exciting partnership for Liverpool City. We are a universities city and this gives kids the best opportunity possible,” he said.

“We want to tackle the biggest challenges that exist with each other.”

UNSW will work with Liverpool’s leaders to create diverse and high-quality employment opportunities, and enhance the built and natural environments, health and infrastructure. 

More than 20 per cent of UNSW’s students come from the Greater Western Sydney region. UNSW will develop skills for the 21st century through industry partnership, entrepreneurship, flexible degree options and lifelong learning opportunities in South West Sydney. 

A 35-year presence in South West Sydney

For more than 35 years, UNSW Medicine & Health’s South Western Sydney Clinical Campuses have been located at Liverpool Hospital. UNSW is also a founding member of the Ingham Institute for Medical Research at Liverpool and has contributed $23 million towards the costs of the Institute facilities, teaching infrastructure, support to local clinical and research teams and other investments.  

UNSW is a member of the Liverpool Innovation Precinct, anchored around the NSW Government’s $790 million expansion of Liverpool Hospital, and UNSW’s flagship health precinct site in Greater Western Sydney. The Precinct is a partnership between South West Sydney Local Health District (SWSLHD), NSW Health, Liverpool Council, Western Sydney University (WSU), the University of Wollongong (UoW), TAFE NSW and organisations like the Primary Health Network.

Pictured above (left to right): Shayne Mallard, Director City Futures at Liverpool City Council; Ceyda Nalbantoglu, UNSW student and digital assistant at Liverpool City Council; Dr Zoe Terpening, Director of Strategy and Precincts; Mr Ned Mannoun, Mayor of Liverpool City; Professor Claire Annesley, Executive Lead for University’s Greater Sydney Strategy and Dean of Arts, Design & Architecture; Yuraj Maharaj, UNSW student; Vinita Chanan, Director and Executive Lead, UNSW Alliances.