The UTS Staff Social Club has been apart of
UTS for around 30 years – even before it became
The Social Club started as the “Institute Social
and Welfare Club” in the early 70’s when the
total of staff as the New South Wales Institute
of Technology had less than 80 staff.
It was hoped at the time that it was meant
to be more than just a social club and would
help people in need, as well as providing sporting
and recreational facilities to members. The
club eventually became known as the Recreation
and Social Club. In 1976, the club had a membership
of about 160 and the emphasis on what the club
provided for its members revolved around the
Christmas Party and other social functions where
members were admitted for free or at a reduced
cost. In 1978 the club had over 300 members.
The Loft became the Staff Social Club area and
cartons of beer etc were purchased and left
in a fridge where staff could buy on the honour
system of putting money in a jar.
In 1995 the Loft caught fire and was gutted.
The UTS Staff Social Club in this time was left
to hold functions in a variety of areas around
the university until the Loft was rebuilt.
(For further information please go to the Loft
The UTS Staff Social Club are still going
strong with membership in 2002 over 300 staff.
A variety of functions and events are held at
the Loft and around Sydney for members just
as it was in the beginning, to ensure that all
staff have an arena and place to meet in an
informal atmosphere and to develop friendship
and networks within the University.
For further information on UTS Staff Social
Club history read the .pdf which has a Memo
about the history of the club written in 1983
which was sent to all UTS staff.