UOW Community Connections

Community Engagement

Engage/Inspire/Collaborate: Connect UOW Community 

UOW has a long and proud history engaging with its multiple communities to enrich and enhance the student experience, research, teaching and learning. It is a pivotal part of our history and will continue to be a critical part of achieving our future vision. UOW is committed to playing “an active role in advancing and championing social, cultural and environment and economic developments  in our regional communities”.

The purpose of the UOW Community Engagement team, as part of the Office of Advancement, is to facilitate mutually beneficial connections between our communities and UOW.  We do this through programs such as the Community Engagement Grants Scheme, our commitment to workplace giving – UOW Cares, acknowledging staff through the Vice-Chancellor’s Awards Excellence in Community Engagement and much more.


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UOW CAres Spotlight: Landcare- 25 Years and going strong

 2014 is the 25th year of Landcare as a national movement, yet many groups have been practicing the Landcare ethic for many more years. The Landcare movement is strong around the country and the Illawarra has many opportunities for everyday people to get involved in Landcare.

There are over 20 active Landcare groups in our area working on a variety of sites across Wollongong, Shellharbour and Kiama. These groups always welcome new volunteers and work in a variety of ecosystems dealing with a range of environmental issues. Sites range from coastal headlands and dune systems, river valleys, local creeks and wetlands, and a number of Endangered Ecological Communities. You can view some of our active groups in the Local Groups section of the website.

 Initiatives such as the Illawarra Woodland and Rainforest project  is an excellent opportunity for Landholders and community members to contribute to the long term protection and enhancement of Endangered Ecological Communities in our region. The Illawarra Woodland and Rainforest project works with a range of stakeholders to deliver quality restoration projects which anyone can become involved in. Through our partnership with Conservation Volunteers Australia, volunteers can come and lend a hand and work along-side landholders to collect native seed, plant local native plants, remove invasive weeds, and construct important fencing to protect native vegetation.

The Landcare Illawarra website and Facebook pages are a great way to stay up to date with events and ways that people can donate their time to make a difference to the local environment.

Our Message

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"Community engagement is at the heart of our University,' a message from Professor Paul Wellings CBE, Vice-Chancellor, UOW. Read more 

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events and opportunities

Vice Chancellors Awards 2014- Now Open!

Community Campus Tours- We will be hosting tours throughout 2014 to welcome community onto Wollongong Campuses. Upcoming dates-  Thursday 3rd April (IC).

'Collected, Connected and Cut' Artists' Book Exhibition- UOW Library, 11th April- 8th May. 

iAccelerate Entrepreneurial Women Breakfast Series- Wednesday 16th April at 8am-The iAccelerate Entrepreneurial Women Breakfast Series featuring Angela Saville and aims to share the insights and stories of successful entrepreneurial women. 

Our community connections

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This brochure provides a snapshot of social and economic initiatives that result from UOW's dynamic community connections. Read more