Fellows of Senate

Senate's constitution

Senate comprises 22 Fellows of Senate who hold office for differing periods under various categories of membership, as set out below.

This is in accordance with Section 9 of the University of Sydney Act 1989.


1. Official members:

  • Chancellor (if not already a Fellow)
  • Vice-Chancellor and Principal
  • Chair of the Academic Board

2. Appointed Fellows:

  • Six external persons appointed by the Minister, one of whom is nominated by the Senate for appointment, otherwise than pursuant to subsection 9(2). (Subsection 9(2) provides that the Minister may appoint a person who is a member of the Parliament of New South Wales under subsection 9(1)(b) but only if the person is nominated by the Senate for appointment. No more than 2 such persons may hold office at any one time as appointed members under subsection 9(1)(b).)
    — 4 year term of office
  • One external person appointed by the Senate
    — 2 year term of office

3. Elected Fellows:

  • Four persons elected by and from the academic staff of the University
    — 2 year term of office
  • One person elected by and from the non-academic staff of the University
    — 2 year term of office
  • One person elected by and from the undergraduate students of the University
    — 1 year term of office
  • One person elected by and from the postgraduate students of the University
    — 1 year term of office
  • Five external persons elected by and from the graduates of the University
    — 4 year term of office

Membership requirements:

Section 9 of the Act provides that, of the members of the Senate:

  • (3) (a) at least 2 must have financial expertise (as demonstrated by relevant qualifications and by experience in financial management at a senior level in the public or private sector), and
    (b) at least one must have commercial expertise (as demonstrated by relevant experience at a senior level in the public or private sector).
  • (4) All appointed members of the Senate must have expertise and experience relevant to the functions exercisable by the Senate and an appreciation of the object, values, functions and activities of the University.
  • (5) The majority of members of the Senate must be external persons.
  • (6) The by-laws are to prescribe the procedures for the nomination of persons for appointment as members of the Senate.
  • (9) A reference in this section to external persons is a reference to persons who are not members of the academic or non academic staff of the University or undergraduate or postgraduate students of the University.