The UTS Shopfront was founded in 1996 as a cross-disciplinary initiative to strengthen university and community collaboration. UTS Shopfront, aims to build strong and sustainable communities by providing capacity development for community based organisations, supporting community engaged scholarship, and facilitating UTS students to develop leadership skills.

The UTS Shopfront's research agenda supports emerging UTS researchers with a commitment to the field of 'university-community engagement.' Its research publications recognise and promote the work of UTS academics and high achieving students, and aim to advance the scholarship of community engagement.

The UTS Shopfront produces an Academic Research Series and the Student Research Series which are published on an ad hoc basis.