what is vertigo?

Vertigo is UTS’ student publication curated by a ragtag team of ten student editors. Released six times throughout the year, the magazine encompasses written and visual contributions that have been fostered from a place of curiosity, or that were made with the intention of provoking curiosity in others.

Vertigo Magazine is free to pick up around uni, with stands scattered around all major buildings. Vertigo also has an online platform where we post exclusive content, such as campus news, as well as the best of the best from the magazine. We have an emerging video channel, VertigoTV, where we showcase student work, as well as post news and original skits.


We are here to foster emerging voices, and all students are encouraged to submit their work, regardless of faculty or experience. Vertigo is a platform that is designed for up-and-comers, as well as the most masterful of contributors. The Vertigo team is here to facilitate voices and guide them towards the terrifying world of professional practice.

As much as we groan and grumble, university is a time where we enjoy the most creative freedom. The freedom to learn and shape our own identity in an environment that encourages innovation and conversation. We are here to explore.
The knowledge we absorb doesn’t just come from lecture slides or a list of graduate attributes, it seeps in from all around us. Never will we be more exposed to different schools of thought, new people, fresh ideas, and odd opinions. Even though semesters are shrinking, our desire for learning is ever-expanding.

the latest

  • Bronte Gossling CW: mentions of sexual assault, rape, and sexual violence. Kendra Murphy’s life is divided into before and after. At age 18, Kendra* left home to pursue a Bachelor of Arts. “My major is performance of theatre and I sub major in gender studies”, she says, sitting on a dated deck chair in her back courtyard.

  • Bec Zhuang It was 3:30pm at the Cambodian-Thai border when I realised. It was 3:30pm when I realised I was still four hours away from Bangkok; it was 3:30pm when I realised my flight to Sydney was in less than eight hours, and it was 3:30pm when I realised I had been waiting two hours for a

  • An Open Letter to Pru Goward MP, Minister for Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault University of New South Wales SRC, Macquarie University Women's Collective, University of Sydney WoCo, EROC Australia, SUPRA, University of Sydney SRC, Western Sydney University SRC, UTS WoCo The NSW Government has a critical responsibility in acting to prevent and respond adequately to

  • Anonymous CW: mental illness It was Plath who said there was stasis in darkness. But I’ve always seen it as the opposite. There’s darkness in stasis. Change, growth, and novelty have the ability to comfort me, and provide excitement to a pool of mostly stagnant perspective. Novelty brings us a kind of transcendence; it breathes curiosity into

  • Tristan White The University of Technology, Sydney has announced it will be removing all physical graduation ceremonies in favour of an electronic video ceremony, accessible via UTSOnline. This bold move was announced in an email sent to all students by the Vice Deputy Executive Officer yesterday, as part of the university’s broader transition to prioritising virtual teaching above

  • Emily Warwick Art by Mia Tran Central Tunnel: the cruel mistress that is the lifeline of Central station. For anyone who has the pleasure of walking through the muggy air of the tunnel, I have but one bit of advice about your walking pace: Knees to chest, people! If you haven’t worked up a sweat by the

  • Lachie Siemsen Many fear the things that go bump in the night, but what if those things could be anything? A shape-shifting clown that manifests itself into the deepest fears of those it preys upon before murdering them? That's the basis for the film adaptation of the King of Horror’s novel, ‘It’. The film explores the lives of

  • Eugenia Alabasinis Whether you’re an aspiring author who dreams of having their best-seller one day hitting the shelves, or simply a self-confessed word-nerd who daydreams through lectures thinking about fictional characters, these writing opportunities are a great place to put that creativity into action. The Big Issue – Fiction Edition The Big Issue is on the lookout for