Fellows of Senate

The Chancellor

Role of Chancellor

The Chancellor is elected by the Senate for a four year term of office to facilitate its work and collegiality by effective and ethical means, providing a focal point to ensure the high standing of the University in the wider community. The statutory powers and responsibilities of the Chancellor are defined under Section 10 of the University of Sydney Act 1989 (as amended) (and elsewhere in the Act, By-law and Rules).

The Chancellor should, without fettering such powers and discretions as derive from the office, undertake the following:

2.1 Preside over Senate meetings, oversee the development of Senate agendas and exercise the functions conferred by the By-laws working collaboratively with the Senate, the Vice-Chancellor and the University community; promoting the aims, ethos, independence, morale and spirit of the University and encouraging high standards.

2.2 With the Vice-Chancellor, ensure the Senate, the senior executives and the relevant Committees work fairly, with integrity, respecting confidentiality within transparent process and in an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect in an informed fashion; in particular ensuring that the Senate functions as it should, as a cohesive, accessible, effective, enquiring and informed body with a paramount fiduciary duty of loyalty to act in the best interests of the University owed by its members both individually and collectively.

2.3 Preside on important ceremonial occasions such as graduation ceremonies, public lectures or seminars, sharing that respon-sibility as the Chancellor judges appropriate and facilitating the visibility and accessibility of the Senate within the University community and in particular to staff, students and alumni.

2.4 Work co-operatively with the Vice-Chancellor, available to give counsel and encouraging free, trusting and frank communication on all issues concerning the well being of the University.

2.5 In consultation with the Vice-Chancellor, provide a high level bridge to members of the wider community, promoting the aims of the University and responding to interest and concerns of society.

From University Governance - Resolutions of the Senate