University of Tasmania

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Template:Infobox Australian University The University of Tasmania (sometimes known by the monikers UTAS, UTas or Tas Uni) is an Australian university, with three campuses throughout the state of Tasmania. It was founded in January, 1890.

Its two main campuses are the Sandy Bay Campus, about 5 minutes from Hobart, and the Newnham Campus, about 10 minutes from Launceston. The third is the small Cradle Coast Campus, located in Burnie, which allows students from that part of the state to complete the first year of certain courses without moving away from home.

It and The Australian Maritime College are the only higher education institutions in Tasmania apart from the Institute of TAFE Tasmania.


The University of Tasmania was officially opened on January 1, 1890. It was only the fourth university in Australia, and today it maintains a respected reputation despite its relatively small size. The original campus location was in the Queen's Domain near Hobart, but as enrolment numbers grew and study interests expanded, the new campus at Sandy Bay was establised in the early 1940s.

The university was reorganised in 1991 when it merged with the Tasmanian State Institute of Technology, which became the Newnham Campus. The centre at Burnie was opened in 1995.

Being a small institution, the university has concentrated on attracting students who mightn't have otherwise studied in Tasmania. There is a large international population, and the current vice-chancellor, Professor Daryl Le Grew, announced in 2004 that the university would not increase HECS (Higher Education Contribution Scheme) fees for the 2005 and subsequent academic years. It has also been announced that the university would absorb any costs related to service delivery if VSU passes the Senate.

Faculty Organisation

Faculty of Arts

  • Conservatorium of Music
  • Riawunna (a centre for Aboriginal studies)
  • School of Asian Languages & Studies
  • School of English, Journalism & European Languages
  • School of Government
  • School of History & Classics
  • School of Philosophy
  • School of Sociology & Social Work
  • School of Visual & Performing Arts
  • Tasmanian School of Art

Faculty of Commerce

  • School of Accounting & Finance
  • School of Economics
  • School of Information Systems
  • School of Management

Faculty of Education

  • School of Education

Faculty of Health Science

  • School of Human Life Sciences
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Nursing & Midwifery
  • Tasmanian School of Pharmacy
  • Rural Clinical School
  • Department of Rural Health

Faculty of Law

  • Centre for Legal Studies
  • School of Law

Faculty of Science, Engineering & Technology

  • School of Agricultural Science
  • School of Aquaculture
  • School of Architecture
  • School of Chemistry
  • School of Computing
  • School of Earth Sciences
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Geography and Environmental Studies
  • School of Mathematics and Physics
  • School of Plant Science
  • School of Psychology
  • School of Zoology


With relatively few academic staff, the University of Tasmania has concentrated its research on several key areas that are unique or important to Tasmania's prosperity. For instance, Tasmania's southern latitude has made it a central location for Antarctic research, so the Institute of Antarctic & Southern Ocean Studies (IASOS) works often in collaboration with the Australian Antarctic Division, whose headquarters are nearby.

Primary industries are important to Tasmania, so the Tasmanian Aquaculture and Fisheries Institute (TAFI), the Tasmanian Institute of Agricultural Research (TIAR), and the Centre for Ore Deposite Research (CODES) ARC are all involved in their sustainable management.

The Menzies Research Institute is a population health research centre, and other research areas include environment management, tourism, and frontier technologies such as bioinformatics.

Student Life

In Hobart, student life is largely coordinated by the Tasmania University Union or TUU. The Student Association (SA) is the equivalent body on the Northern Campuses.

The President of the TUU and the President of the SA both sit on the University Council, which is the governing body of the University of Tasmania.

In 2006, the reach of both organisations may be diminished with the introduction of Voluntary Student Unionism.

Residential Colleges

Sandy Bay Campus

Newnham Campus

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