Deputy Vice-Chancellors

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

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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.

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.

Professor Garton 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.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education)

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Professor Philippa Pattison PhD Melbourne, FASSA

Professor Philippa (Pip) Pattison was appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) at the University in Sydney in June 2014.

As Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education), Professor Pattison is responsible for the University’s strategy and vision for teaching and learning and students’ educational experience. She oversees institution-wide development of better support for student learning, including the University’s approach to curriculum renewal, new thinking in pedagogy, learning and teaching analytics, e-learning and quality assurance for learning and teaching.

A quantitative psychologist by background, Professor Pattison began her academic career at the University of Melbourne, and has previously served as president of Melbourne’s Academic Board and most recently as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic).

The primary focus of Professor Pattison’s research is the development and application of mathematical and statistical models for social networks and network processes. Recent applications have included the transmission of infectious diseases, the evolution of the biotechnology industry in Australia, and community recovery following the 2009 Victorian bushfires.

Professor Pattison was elected a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia in 1995.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Strategy and Services)

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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 (Registrar)

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Professor Tyrone Carlin BCom UNSW, LLB (Hons) Sydney MCom (Hons) UNSW LLM Sydney PhD Macquarie Grad Dip Fin SIA, CA FCPA FFin

Professor Tyrone Carlin was appointed as Deputy Vice Chancellor (Registrar) of the University of Sydney in March 2014. As Deputy Vice Chancellor (Registrar), he has responsibility for the management of key elements of the University’s relationship with and provision of services to students from the point of recruitment to the point of graduation and for a range of initiatives directed towards the enhancement of the student experience at the University.

Prior to his appointment as Deputy Vice Chancellor, he served in a number of senior positions at the University of Sydney, including as Pro Vice Chancellor (Education Operations) and as Co-Dean of the University of Sydney Business School. He was Dean of Law at Macquarie University immediately prior to his appointment to the University of Sydney.

A Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law and the recipient of the Law Graduates Association Medal in Law, his research interests include the application and operation of good faith requirements and fiduciary obligations in commercial contexts and corporate financial reporting and regulation.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)

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Professor Duncan Ivison PhD LSE, MSc LSE, FAHA

Duncan Ivison was appointed Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) as of 1 July 2015. Prior to that, he was Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences from 2010.

As DVCR, he is responsible for helping to develop and deliver the University’s research strategy, and to support the pursuit of outstanding fundamental and applied research across the institution.

Professor Ivison is a political philosopher with research and teaching interests in contemporary political theory, the history of political thought and moral philosophy. He completed a BA at McGill University and MSc and PhD at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has also held appointments at the University of Toronto and the University of York (UK). He was a Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Fellow and Visiting Fellow in Ethics and Public Affairs at the Center for Human Values, Princeton University (2002-3), as well as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Research School of Social Sciences at the ANU (1993-96). He was elected to the Australian Academy of the Humanities in 2009.

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Vice-Principal (Operations)

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Ms Sara Watts Bsc Sydney, MBA Macquarie FCPA, GAICD

Sara Watts was appointed Vice-Principal (Operations) at the University of Sydney in August 2014.

As Vice-Principal (Operations), Ms Watts is responsible for the streamlined and cost-effective delivery of the University’s key operational units, including Finance, HR, ICT and Campus Infrastructure Services. In addition, she has ownership of the University’s PMO, a unit tasked with developing and implementing transformative programs in support of the University’s strategic goals.

Prior to joining the University, Ms Watts held a number of senior positions with IBM, spending the last six years as the Chief Financial Officer for IBM Australia / New Zealand. Her corporate experience includes business process improvement, finance process transformation, and internal audit.

Ms Watts currently sits on the board of Vision Australia, chairs the Audit Committee of the Victorian Auditor General’s Office and is the immediate past chair of Sydney Philharmonia Choirs.