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

  • Alyssa Rodrigo Art by Claudia Akole | @claudinsky It starts with a longing stare and two pairs of flirtatious eyes. A double entendre here, and a hand on the lower back there. It’s a simple formula that has lured in fans across Netflix specials and feature films. For directors and writers, queerbaiting is an easy way of

  • Mariela PT In a world where I would have more time for my hydrangeas; where my mind didn’t always spin so far out of control. In a world where I could wake up every morning next to her, sunlight flipping through the pale yellow curtains. Where we could own a house together: a villa in the

  • Addo Gustaf | @edgoostf "My art represents an exploration of self, shared, and lived experience. It is a journey of experimentation and growth, signifying what it feels like to live freely as your true self. I use my practice to challenge ideas of nudity, femininity, and queer culture."

  • Alyssa Rodrigo In the bathroom of our old house, plastered on the wall, was a cheap print of a painted turtle with the words “Lord, help me go slow”. That’s how Christian my mother is — I can’t even take a shit without God watching me. For a long time, growing up in a Christian home

  • Amy Duloy, Alex Young — Queer Officers It has long been established that LGBTQI+ people, particularly transgender and gender diverse people, face higher rates of violence and harassment than cisgender and heterosexual men and women. A new wave of hostility toward LGBTQI+ people has started in the wake of the public controversy around bathroom access in

  • Bronte Gossling “She is a mermaid, but approach her with caution. Her mind swims at a depth most would drown in.” – J Iron Word Pop culture’s captivation with mermaids speaks to an insidious truth about our perceptions and the treatment of women. Mermaids have captivated the world ever since their first appearance in ancient folklore. However, with current mainstream media focused

  • Erica Em CW: r*pe, abuse, violence, suicide, self-harm, bullying, homophobic slurs Kon Karapanagiotidis is the founder and CEO of the Australian Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC), an asylum seeker support page. Since establishing the organisation in 2001, Kon has been one of Australia's most vocal and prominent figures in providing aid and justice for those who struggle against

  • Michael Zacharatos Cw: sexual assault and sexual harassment. Today, universities across Australia released data and held information seminars following a report from the Australian Human Rights Commission (‘AHRC’). In response, Universities Australia has launched a 10-Point Plan and UTS has announced a range of initiatives to ensure student safety, support, and reporting. Early this morning, Commissioner Jenkins appeared