We bring to life subjects that illustrate the impact UOW’s teaching, research and graduates make in the world.
The Stand exists to unlock the knowledge and expertise inside the University of Wollongong (UOW), telling stories about our people and their accomplishments that inform, educate and inspire. This magazine was born out of a renewed sense of place, purpose and values that will guide the University in fulfilling its role in exploring how to resolve society’s large and complex social, environmental and economic challenges.
We believe education is one of the most powerful transformative forces on communities and individuals. It opens minds and helps people find purpose, meaning – and solutions for the world’s most pressing challenges.
This is our unified story – a story that draws on our past, understands the present, and looks to the future.
Paying it forward
Maheshika Nanayakkara and Sarah Lisle first met on opposite sides of the UOW international program. Along with Maheshika’s partner Asiri Nawarathna, the pair’s friendship is a perfect example of finding connections where you least expect them.
Childhood friends Jared Smith, Dean Martelozzo and Tom Simnadis combined three unique skill sets into one well-fitting bundle and distilled a new local industry in the process.
A globetrotting friendship
A University snow trip to New Zealand helped push Barron Hanson and Michael Appleford from childhood acquaintances to best mates. They’ve been chasing each other around the world ever since.
A different kind of network
Kristen Patchett, Antonia McInnes, and Natalie Piucco met on their very first day of study at UOW. Eight years later–as the three best friends reach new heights in their respective careers–they take time to reflect on how they’ve each helped each other along the way.
A DIY tale
Childhood friends Adam Smith, Balunn Jones and Ben Tillman turned a small café into one of Australia’s most respected music brands, and signalled a new era for Wollongong in the process.
Writing on the wall
Artist Claire Foxton and designer Matt De Feudis first met while working in UOW's creative department. A decade later, their friendship and professional relationship reflects the changing face of the city they call home.