In 2016 the campus had 17,080 Effective Full Time Student Load (EFTSL) and 2,170 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) staff. With an additional 3,230 students expected to study at the Wollongong campus by 2036, some 80,000m2 will be required on campus to meet core academic needs. Based on this and other projections, strategies have been developed in the following areas:
- Built form and space planning
- Learning, teaching and research
- Communications and technology
- Campus life
- Retail, hospitality and events
- Art, culture and sport
- Student accommodation
- Access to the campus
- Pedestrian and cycling
- Public transport and vehicular transport
- Car parking
- Landscape and public realm
- Stormwater and flooding
The Campus Master Plan includes a number of key guiding principles to fulfill long-term goals and objectives:
- Upgrading Northfields Avenue to be the principal face of the University and gateway to adjoining neighbourhoods.
- Working with NSW Roads and Maritime Services to plan a new northern gateway as part of the proposed Mount Ousley interchange.
- Developing typically 4 to 5 storey academic buildings, in keeping with tree heights and maintaining campus views.
- Introducing pedestrian-friendly gateways and improved facilities for cyclists and public transport users to encourage people to use these options instead of private cars.
- Preserving and potentially increasing green space by redeveloping existing buildings and using car park areas for development.
- Creating campus precincts that build on existing faculty identities and embrace the wide-ranging biodiversity and landscape.
- Digital technologies that will enable flexible use of spaces for learning, teaching and administration.
- Continuing key sustainability measures to reduce energy consumption and waste.