Our History

60 Years of Education, Research & Knowledge Advancement

UNSW Arts & Social Sciences was founded in 1960. In 2020 we’ll celebrate our 60th anniversary of knowledge advancement and shaping young minds for the future.

It is our rich history that allows us to build on our success and inform future decisions.

Over the years, our focus areas at UNSW Arts & Social Sciences have evolved. In recent years we have used our strength in research to augment the quality of our teaching and succeeded in our goal of becoming a leading research-intensive university in the Asia Pacific. Today we delve into contemporary social issues in order to make a meaningful change on a human level.

UNSW Arts & Social Sciences combines academic excellence in traditional Arts and Social Science disciplines and emerging fields with a commitment to public engagement and social impact. The social responsibility our founders based their work on continues to be a core value today.

Recent Times 

Over the past 5 years, UNSW Arts & Social Sciences has undergone significant change.

New undergraduate and postgraduate teaching programs have been introduced, and existing degrees and subjects have been reviewed and revised. Student preferences have significantly increased. Domestic enrolments have remained strong, and international enrolments have grown substantially, allowing us to position ourselves as a truly global university. The passion of our expert faculty staff has ensured consistently high student satisfaction.

UNSW has continuously ranked highly in the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) report, placing us as a national leader in several disciplinary areas. We’ve established new research centres and had many esteemed academics join the faulty, in both research and educational capacities.

Looking to the Future

We remain committed to promoting the importance of education and research in the humanities, social sciences, and creative and performing arts.

To achieve this, we leverage the insights, understandings and theoretical analyses gathered from global conversations. We look at public policy and how we can combat the pressing socio-cultural issues of today.