About the plan

What is the UOW Wollongong Campus Master Plan?

The UOW Wollongong Campus Master Plan creates a vision and framework to guide the physical development of the Wollongong campus over the next 20 years. It is a guiding document that not only articulates our visions for the future, but also allows flexibility to respond to future opportunities and challenges.

The Master Plan builds on the high-quality landscape and public realm of the existing campus while improving its relationship to the surrounding community and connections to Wollongong and the region. We aim to provide world-class teaching and
learning facilities that are not just within the buildings but across attractive public spaces for people to talk and share their ideas, participate in sports or simply enjoy quiet reflection.

It has been defined through consultation with University of Wollongong staff, students, government and industry partners and the local Wollongong community, reflection on technical studies and best practice examples of universities throughout the world.

UOW have engaged a multidisciplinary team of consultants led by campus master planners, MGS Architects, to ensure a thorough and integrated understanding of the complexities of the campus environment. MGS was awarded the tender through a competitive process, and was selected based on their proven track record across similar national and international university consultation projects.

Some key considerations of the plan are:

  • Academic facilities and student/staff populations for future growth
  • Facilities for students and staff such as accommodation, cafes, sports, retail, student services
  • Open space and public amenity
  • Our relationships with surrounding neighbourhoods and communities
  • Environmentally sustainable growth
  • Vehicle movements, including car access, parking and servicing
  • Pedestrian pathways, access, signage and security
  • Cycle access and storage
  • Public transport facilities

The plan will be reviewed and updated every 5 years.

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Why a new plan? 

A refreshed University Strategic Plan 2016-2020 has been developed to guide the future direction and planning for the University. The Strategic Plan sees UOW continuing to focus on offering personalised experiences and outstanding learning environments. Our objective of earning a place in the top 1% of the world's universities creates an opportunity to renew and refresh.

To support this renewed Strategic Plan, a 2016 - 2036 Wollongong Campus Master Plan is required, which includes examination of the interfaces between UOW, the surrounding community and development of the Illawarra region.

It will help to ensure that our physical environment responds to changing academic and research needs, growing student population and to guide management and development of our properties.  


How can I stay informed about this project?

Regular updates of the Master Plan progress will be provided on this website. To ensure you receive updates, you can register your interest by subscribing to our mailing list by emailing us at Campus Master Plan.

Last reviewed: 22 August, 2016