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This webpage covers some of the events and items of historical interest that occurred at the University of New South Wales from the 2000s.

For further information, please contact the Archives.

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(UNSW Archives S317)

On 28 October 2000 UNSW's final annual University symposium, "Mandatory Sentencing: Rights and Wrongs", was held. The first symposium, "Atomic Power in Australia", had been conducted in 1954 and its success led to it becoming a yearly event with the topic selected for its national significance. Over the years the University symposia were to cover subjects as diverse as "Post-Modern Mass Communication", "Australia: A Part of Asia?" and "Managing Environmental Stress".


The Millennium Sundial being added to the Quadrangle Tower, 2001.
(Photographer: W. Kearsley, UNSW Archives 04/48)

On 20 November 2001 the Millennium Sundial on the Quadrangle Tower was officially unveiled. The sundial was designed and constructed by the School of Surveying and Spatial Information Systems, with oversight from Facilities and funding from the U Committee. Named to mark the beginning of the third millennium, the sundial shows the local solar time, which can be read by measuring the shadow of the straight edge of the gnomon against the sundial's face.

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Foundations of University Learning and Teaching (FULT) participants with Pro-Vice-Chancellor Adrian Lee, 2001.
(University Photographer, UNSW Archives 08/226)

On 10 December 2002 the inaugural UNSW First Year Forum, focused on ways of engaging the learning of first year students, was held. The Forum was one of a number of initiatives for staff introduced from 2001 by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education) Adrian Lee that were aimed at improving the educational experience for UNSW students. Others included the Foundations of University Learning and Teaching (FULT) program and the Innovative Teaching and Educational Technology (ITET) fellowship scheme.


(UNSW Archives S1008)

In 2003 UNSW established a Career Advancement Fund to assist female academics returning from maternity leave to re-establish their careers. This followed previous initiatives by the university to encourage gender equity, including the Vice-Chancellor's Annual Consultation with Women held from 1990 - 2002 and the Vice-Chancellor's Childcare Support Fund for Women Researchers introduced in 1996. In 2005 UNSW received its first Employer of Choice for Women citation from the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency (EOWA).

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Official Opening of the UNSW Asia Tanglin Campus by Tharman Shanmugaratnam (left) with UNSW Asia President Greg Whittred, 2007.
(UNSW Archives 08/246)

In April 2004 UNSW announced plans to establish UNSW's first offshore campus and Singapore's first foreign university. From October 2004 this project was known as UNSW Asia and was the first wholly-owned and operated research and teaching campus to be established overseas by an Australian university. UNSW Asia officially opened for business in January 2007, however, due to lower than anticipated enrolments, the campus was closed in June of the same year.


Professor Margaret Harding at the Graduate Research School, 2005.
(Photographer: Britta Campion, UNSW Archives 08/226)

On 5 December 2005 UNSW's Graduate Research School was formally opened. Headed by foundation dean, Professor Margaret Harding, the formation of the School enabled the consolidation of services for postgraduate students and their supervisors that had previously been spread across the university.

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Professor Alec Cameron, 2003.
(Photographer: Britta Campion, UNSW Archives 08/226)

On 23 November 2006 the inaugural meeting of the Faculty of Business took place with Professor Alec Cameron as dean. The faculty was formed through the amalgamation of the Faculty of Commerce and Economics and the Australian Graduate School of Management. On 18 June 2007 Council noted the re-naming of the faculty as the Australian School of Business.


Arc Representative Council stall at O-Week, 2007.

In 2007, the new UNSW student organisation, Arc came into being. Arc was the result of the merger of three organisations - the Student Guild, the University Union and the COFA Students' Association - caused by the introduction of Voluntary Student Unionism (VSU).

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Taniela Afu and Carol Fong - two of the first ASPIRE students to enrol at UNSW, 2010. 
(Photographer: Prudence Upton)

In 2008 UNSW's ASPIRE Program became fully operational, following an initial pilot phase for 60 students in late 2007. ASPIRE was aimed at encouraging school students from low socioeconomic backgrounds to access a university education. In 2008 five schools were involved in the program - by the end of 2012 this had expanded to fifty-five schools.


New College Village, 2009.
(Media & Communications Office)

On 8 May 2009 UNSW's first dedicated postgraduate residence, New College Village (NCV), was officially opened. NCV had commenced operations at the beginning of 2009 with shared apartments and individual self-catered studios for over 300 residents.

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