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

  • By UTS Vertigo   The National Union of Students (NUS), the peak representative body for Australian university students, hosts a National Conference (NatCon) every year. Each member university sends their elected delegates to network, debate policy, and vote on how NUS should spend time and resources the following year.   Is #nusnatcon just an elaborate excuse for stupol hacks

  • Akshaya Bhutkar Amrita Hepi uses dance as a platform for social commentary, expression, and activism. A Bundjalung and Ngapuhi woman interested in movement; she creates dance that unravels the association of shame with our bodies. Art, pop culture, and intersectionality are all expressed through Amrita’s work, encouraging discussion and dissection of our society. VERTIGO: Can you

  • Michael Zacharatos cw: crucifixion, self-inflicted punishment, bludgeoning, decapitation, blood rituals In the two thousand odd years between Romulus suckling on the she-wolf and being crowned the first king of Rome, and Mehmed bringing down the walls of Constantinople in cannon fire, the Roman Empire is most admired for how long it endured. Holding onto territories from England

  • Elliot Vella cw: reference to gambling World of Warcraft. The name itself evokes some sort of feeling in nearly every millennial, whether it be passion, tingles of nearly forgotten addiction, or immediate disgust. At its peak, the game was a cultural phenomenon; it boasted a player base of 12 million, reinvented the mould for the fantasy game

  • Louisa Luong cw: assault, racism, ableism To all who come to this happy place: Welcome. Disneyland is your land.  Home to happiness, dreams, and childhood magic. There’s something for everyone at Disneyland; for kids, there are wholesome rides, fireworks, and overpriced hot dogs. For weary parents, there are ample sitting areas, clean bathrooms, and an endless supply of

  • Akshaya Bhutkar cw: reference to Holocaust Hair is an extension of our identity. Just as a tree nurtures and spreads its roots around its home, hair grows, protects, and translates elements of our expression to the world. Whether it is for purely aesthetic or practical reasons, everyone chooses to groom and maintain their hair in a certain

  • Chelsea Hui, art by Joyce Cheng | @_joycecheng_ My yellow, is a golden sunset: vast, endless, as the possibilities my ancestors have fought to give me,   My yellow, is amber: hand-blown glass, beautiful, and one of a kind,   My yellow, is not the yellow you paint me to be: The yellow a young girl once saw in the mirror, skin dirty, eyes stretched into slits as they ask her how

  • Dani Encarnacion tall handsome not-so-dark not-at-all-dark dark like the sky on a summers day dark like a marshmallow on fire? idk like you’re really white when i brought you home my mum told me i should marry you is this the way she wants to assimilate into society is this really what she imagined would