Together with the Vice-Chancellor, the deputy vice-chancellors form a leadership team that contributes to decision-making across the University on all significant issues covering strategy, management, administration and related policies.
Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor
Professor Stephen Garton, BA Sydney PhD UNSW, FAHA FASSA FRAHS
Stephen Garton was appointed as the Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sydney in August 2009.
He is a graduate of the University of Sydney (BA) and the University of NSW (PhD) and a fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and the Royal Australian Historical Society. His research interests include Australian, British and American social and cultural history, with a specific focus on crime, incarceration, medicine, masculinity and sexuality.
As Provost, he is the Vice-Chancellor's senior deputy and together they are responsible for the general management of the University. He deputises for the Vice-Chancellor in his absence. The Provost exercises, under the direction of the Vice-Chancellor, executive responsibilities and strategic leadership for the delivery of the University's academic programs and is responsible for the general performance of the faculties, including faculty budgets.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) and Registrar
Professor Derrick Armstrong BA Lond MA PhD Lanc
Professor Derrick Armstrong was appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) and Registrar in December 2008. Prior to this he was dean of the University's Faculty of Education and Social Work.
His research has focused on issues of social inclusion and exclusion in education, including the ways in which disadvantage and 'deviance' are identified and managed by professionals, social agencies and institutions working with children and young people. His is author, co-author and editor of eight books and more than 100 journal articles, book chapters and international conference papers.
His responsibilities as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) include all aspects of the student experience: learning and teaching, student administration and support, Indigenous education, student recruitment and social inclusion.
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Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Strategy and Services)
Professor Shane Houston PhD Curtin
With a strong background in education and health, Shane Houston leads the University’s institution-wide strategy to advance Indigenous participation, engagement, education and research.
Professor Houston was previously executive director of systems performance and Aboriginal policy with the NT Department of Health and Families. He has been actively engaged in Aboriginal advancement issues for more than 30 years at a community level, working in government and in a number of international settings, including various United Nations-related activities. He has a long-standing interest in the development of culturally secure health services and systems, and in health economics – especially in finding greater equity in how health systems allocate and use resources.
Professor Houston took up his position as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Strategy and Services) in April 2011. He had previously been a board member of the Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health and the Lowitja Institute.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)
Professor Jill Trewhella MSc UNSW PhD Sydney, FAAAS
Jill Trewhella is a bioscientist and ARC Federation Fellow who is internationally recognised for her contribution to our understanding of the molecular communication that underpins healthy function. She completed a PhD in Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Sydney before moving to the United States for 25 years, where she spent time at Yale as a postdoctoral associate. She then worked at Los Alamos National University where, with their extensive technologies, she developed an interest in developing new methodologies through uniting disciplines.
In her role as DVC (Research), which she has held since January 2009, Professor Trewhella enables research at the University by providing practical support for its researchers, schools, faculties and institutes at every stage from grant applications through to dissemination of research through traditional academic and commercial channels.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Strategic Management)
Professor Ann Brewer BA Macquarie MCom PhD UNSW
Ann Brewer is a widely published expert in organisational change, supply chain management, business management and employee commitment. She has a Bachelor of Behavioural Science, majoring in Psychology and Sociology, a Master of Commerce (Honours) and a PhD in Organisational Behaviour from the University of New South Wales. In 2002, after holding a number of senior roles in in the University of Sydney's Faculty of Economics and Business (including Head of School of Business), she took on a senior role to lead quality assurance and change in the University.
Her current role involves overseeing the University's quality assurance strategy, implementation of the strategic plan, risk management and external education. On behalf of the Vice-Chancellor, she also coordinates the senior administrative group including the Chief Financial Officer, Chief Information Officer and all the directors of operations to create alignment with the University's academic strategy.