The distinguished graphic designer, Mr Harry Williamson, was commissioned to develop a new university emblem, following the amalgamation of the University of Technology, Sydney; Kuring-gai College of Advanced Education; and the Institute of Technical and Adult Teacher Education of the Sydney College of Advanced Education in January 1990. His emblem embodies three major components. The most prominent feature is the anchor drawn from the coat of arms of the City of Sydney, where the largest campus of UTS is located. It reinforces the university's traditional close links with government, commerce and industry within the city.
The base of the anchor also forms one of the spirals of the double helix in the representation of the DNA molecule, the basic building block of life itself. The breaking of this genetic code has been hailed as one of the greatest scientific breakthroughs of the 20th Century, winning the researchers the Nobel Prize in 1962. The double helix, therefore, reflects the innovative, technological character of the university.
The wave motif at the base complements the other elements in the design, and symbolises the maritime position of the City of Sydney. The contemporary design is contained in a heraldic shield that provides a sense of continuity with tradition for institutions of higher learning through the ages.
The emblem is compatible with the university mace, which is carried on ceremonial occasions as a symbol of authority.
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