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

  • Michael Zacharatos Imagine what could be achieved if you had Australia’s finest student unionists together in an auditorium: strategising, timetabling, mobilising. Imagine having Wayne Swan seated on a panel, and the goodwill that could be fostered between the senior and student branches of the Left. Imagine a week of solidarity against capitalism, discrimination, and the patriarchy,

  • Maddison Smith | @little.kettle.artsenal "In year 9 I was diagnosed with RSI in my dominant hand. I had to give up drawing, writing, etc. — my main forms of cathartic release and creative expression. It's only this year — 7ish years later — that I have been able to start drawing again. It's painful, and sometimes my

  • Eugenia Alabasinis   With NAIDOC week running from the 2nd-9th July this year, I’ve been seeking out reads which explore the diversity of experiences faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but a starting point with ten books that I’ve either read recently myself or are on my

  • Aaron Pinto They say travel is the university student’s calling, and it’s true; I’ll never get as good a chance to travel as I have now. So, why don’t I? From the moment I announced I’d be travelling unaccompanied to India  for a week in the mid-semester break, my family had “ten-dozen heart attacks”, as my mother

  • 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