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Our Senate Fellows

The Senate is the governing authority of the University of Sydney

The Senate oversees all major decisions concerning the conduct of the University.

The University of Sydney Senate is repsonsible for staff appointments and welfare, student welfare and discipline, financial matters and the physical and academic development of the University. It also awards all degrees and diplomas and is responsible to the Parliament of NSW.

The Senate's primary responsibilities are:

  • appointing the Vice-Chancellor as the principal executive officer of the University, and monitoring their performance
  • approving the mission and strategic direction of the University, as well as the annual budget and business plan
  • overseeing and reviewing the management of the University and its performance
  • establishing policy and procedural principles, consistent with legal requirements and community expectations
  • approving and monitoring systems of control and accountability, including general overview of any controlled entities
  • overseeing and monitoring the assessment and management of risk across the University, including commercial undertakings
  • overseeing and monitoring the academic activities of the University.

Chancellor

Belinda Hutchinson AM BEc Sydney, FCA

Ex–officio Fellow of Senate
Current term as Chancellor:
4 February 2013 – February 2017

Chair of Senate
Chair of Education and Research Committee
Chair of Nominations and Appointments Committee
Member of Buildings and Estates Committee, Finance and Audit Committee, Human Resources Committee, Investment and Commercialisation Committee, and Safety and Risk Management Committee

Vice-Chancellor

Dr Michael Spence, BA LLB Sydney, DPhil PGDipTheol Oxford

Ex-officio Fellow of Senate

Current term as Vice-Chancellor: 1 July 2013 – 30 June 2018

Previous term as Vice-Chancellor: 11 July 2008 – 30 June 2013

Member of Buildings and Estates Committee, Finance and Audit Committee, Education and Research Committee, Investment and Commercialisation Committee, and Safety and Risk Management Committee

Deputy Chancellor

Alec Brennan AM
BEc Sydney, FCA

Fellow of Senate appointed by the Minister for Education

Current term of as Fellow of Senate: 1 January 2014 – 31 December 2017

Previous terms as Fellow of Senate: 1 January 2006 – 31 December 2009; 1 January 2010 – 31 December 2013

Current term as Deputy Chancellor: 5 February 2013 – 31 December 2017

Previous term as Pro-Chancellor: 27 June 2011 – 2 March 2013; 2 March 2013 – 5 February 2015

Interim Chair of Buildings and Estates Committee
Chair of Finance and Audit Committee
Chair of Human Resources Committee

Pro-Chancellor

Peter FitzSimons AM
BA Sydney

Fellow of Senate elected by and from the graduates

Current term as Fellow of Senate: 1 December 2013 – 30 November 2017

Previous term as Fellow of Senate: 1 December 2009 – 30 November 2013

Current term as Pro–Chancellor: 23 February 2015 – February 2017

Pro-Chancellor

Dorothy Hoddinott AO
MA DipEd Sydney, FACE FACEL

Fellow of Senate appointed by the Minister for Education

Current term as Fellow of Senate: 1 January 2014 – 31 December 2017

Previous term as Fellow of Senate: 1 January 2010 – 31 December 2013

Current term as Pro-Chancellor: 23 February 2015 – February 2017

Member of Finance and Audit Committee, Education and Research Committee and Human Resources Committee

Pro-Chancellor

Kevin McCann AM
BA LLB (Hons) Sydney, LLM Harvard, FAICD

Fellow of Senate appointed by the Minister for Education

Current term as Fellow of Senate: 1 January 2014 – 31 December 2017

Previous term as Fellow of Senate: 9 March 2010 – 31 December 2013

Current term as Pro-Chancellor: 23 February 2015 – February 2017

Chair of Safety and Risk Management Committee
Member of Investment and Commercialisation Committee and Nominations and Appointments Committee

Chair of Academic Board

Associate Professor Tony Masters
BSc(Hons) Melb, PhD ANU, FRACI CChem GAICD

Ex-officio Fellow of Senate

Current term as Chair of Academic Board: 1 January 2016 – 31 December 2018

Member of Finance and Audit Committee and Nominations and Appointments Committee

Fellows Appointed by the Minister for Education

Leah Armstrong

Current term as Fellow of Senate: 1 January 2014 – 31 December 2017

Member of Nominations and Appointments Committee

 

Ilana Atlas
LLB Sydney, LLM Sydney, BJuris (Hons) UWA

Current term as Fellow of Senate: 1 January 2015 – 31 December 2018

Member of Finance and Audit Committee and Human Resources Committee

 

David Mortimer AO
BEc (Hons) Sydney, FCPA

Current term as Fellow of Senate: 1 January 2014 – 31 December 2017

Previous term as Fellow of Senate: 1 January 2010– 31 December 2013

Chair of Investment and Commercialisation Committee

Fellows elected by and from the academic staff

Professor Marian Baird
BEc (Hons) DipEd PhD Sydney

Current term as Fellow of Senate: 1 June 2015 – 31 May 2017

Previous terms as Fellow of Senate: 1 June 2011 – 31 May 2013; 1 June 2013 – 31 May 2015

Member of Nominations and Appointments Committee
Senate’s nominee to the Women’s College Council

Professor Christopher Murphy
BSc (Hons) Adel PhD Flinders DSc Sydney

Current term as Fellow of Senate: 1 June 2015 – 31 May 2017

Previous terms as Fellow of Senate: 1 June 2011 – 31 May 2013; 1 June 2013 – 31 May 2015

 

Professor Sharon Naismith
BA Macquarie, Hons Queensland, MClinPsych Macquarie, DPsych Macquarie, MAPS CCN

Current term as Fellow of Senate: 1 June 2015 – 31 May 2017

Member of Education and Research Committee

 

Professor Jill White AM
BEd Flinders, MEd Sydney, PhD Adelaide, DPsych Macquarie, RN, RM

Current term as Fellow of Senate: 1 June 2015 – 31 May 2017

Senate’s nominee to the University of Sydney Union Board

Fellow elected by and from the non–academic staff

Jordi Austin
BA(Hons) MPsych(Clin) UNSW, MAPS GAICD

Current term as Fellow of Senate: 1 June 2015 – 31 May 2017

Previous term as Fellow of Senate: 1 June 2013 – 31 May 2015

Member of Buildings and Estates Committee and Safety and Risk Management Committee

Fellow elected by and from the undergraduate students

Dalton Fogarty

Current term as Fellow of Senate: 1 December 2014 – 30 November 2016

Member of Finance and Audit Committee and Safety and Risk Management Committee

Fellow elected by and from the postgraduate students

Simon Hill
BA (Adv) (Hons) Sydney

Current term as Fellow of Senate: 1 December 2014 – 30 November 2016

Member of Building and Estates Committee

Fellows elected by and from the graduates

Verity Firth
BA LLB Sydney

Current term as Fellow of Senate: 1 December 2013 – 30 November 2017

Member of Nominations and Appointments Committee

 

Kate McClymont
BA(Hons) Sydney

Current term as Fellow of Senate: 1 December 2013 – 30 November 2017

Member of Nominations and Appointments Committee

 

Dr Catriona Menzies-Pike
BA(Hons) PhD Sydney

Current term as Fellow of Senate: 1 December 2013 – 30 November 2017

Member of Education and Research Committee

Andrew West
BA(Hons) Sydney MSc Columbia

Current term as Fellow of Senate: 1 December 2013 – 30 November 2017