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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 responsible 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

Current term as Chancellor: February 2017 – February 2021
Previous term as Chancellor: February 2013 – February 2017

Chair of Senate

Member of Buildings and Estates Committee; Finance and Audit Committee (and its Investment Sub-Committee); People and Culture Committee (and its Remuneration Sub-Committee) and Strategy and Risk Committee

Vice-Chancellor

Dr Michael Spence
BA LLB Sydney, DPhil PGDipTheol Oxford

Current term as Vice-Chancellor: 1 July 2013 – 31 December 2022

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

Member of Buildings and Estates Committee; Finance and Audit Committee (and its Investment Sub-Committee); People and Culture Committee (and its Remuneration Sub-Committee) and Strategy and Risk Committee

Chair of Academic Board

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

Current term as Chair of Academic Board: 1 January 2018 – 31 December 2019

Previous term as Chair of Academic Board: 1 January 2016 – 31 December 2017

Previous term as Fellow elected by and from the academic staff: 1 December 2003 – 31 May 2007

Member of Buildings and Estates Committee and People and Culture Committee

Two external persons appointed by the Minister

Richard Freudenstein

BEc, LLB (Hons) Sydney

Current term as Deputy Chancellor: 14 December 2017 – 31 March 2020

Current term as Fellow of Senate: 1 December 2017 – 30 November 2021

Chair of Strategy and Risk Committee

Member of Buildings and Estates Committee; Finance and Audit Committee (and its Investment Sub-Committee) and People and Culture Committee (and its Remuneration Sub-Committee)

Dr Lisa McIntyre

BSc (Hons) Sydney

Current term as Fellow of Senate: 16 August 2017 – 30 November 2019

Member of Finance and Audit Committee (and its Investment Sub-Committee) and Strategy and Risk Committee 

Five external persons appointed by the Senate

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

Current term as Fellow of Senate: 1 December 2017 – 30 November 2019

Previous term as Fellow of Senate: 1 January 2015 – 30 November 2017

Chair of People and Culture Committee (and its Remuneration Sub-Committee)

Jason Yat-sen Li
BA LLB (Hons) Sydney LLM NYU

Current term as Fellow of Senate: 1 December 2017 – 30 November 2021

Member of People and Culture Committee and co-opted member to Strategy and Risk Committee

Kate McClymont

BA(Hons) Sydney

Current term as Pro-Chancellor: 14 December 2017 – 31 May 2019

Current term as Fellow of Senate: 1 December 2017 – 30 November 2019

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

Member of People and Culture Committee (and its Remuneration Sub-Committee)

 

Karen Moses
BEc Sydney

Current term as Fellow of Senate: 1 December 2017 – 30 November 2021

Chair of Finance and Audit Committee

Member of Investment Sub-Committee

Peter Scott
BE (Hons) Monash MEngSc UNSW HonFIEAust MICE

Current term as Fellow of Senate: 15 August 2016 – 30 November 2019

Chair of Buildings and Estates Committee

Member of Finance and Audit Committee

Two persons elected by and from the academic staff*

Professor Marian Baird AO

BEc (Hons) DipEd PhD Sydney

Current term as Pro-Chancellor: 14 December 2017 – 31 May 2019

Current term as Fellow of Senate: 1 June 2017 – 31 May 2019

Previous terms as Fellow of Senate: 1 June 2011 – 31 May 2013; 1 June 2013 – 31 May 2015; 1 June 2015 – 31 May 2017

Member of Strategy and Risk Committee

Senate’s nominee to the Women’s College Council

 

*The second academic staff position is currently vacant.

One person elected by and from the non–academic staff

Lisa Carrick

BSoc Stud Sydney, MBA AGSM UNSW, GAICD

Current term as Fellow of Senate: 15 December 2018 – 30 May 2019

Member of Buildings and Estates Committee 

One person elected by and from the undergraduate students

Francis Tamer

Current term as Fellow of Senate: 1 December 2018 – 30 November 2020

One person elected by and from the postgraduate students

Lizzie Miller

BA (Hons) Sydney

Current term as Fellow of Senate: 1 December 2018 – 30 November 2020

Member of Buildings and Estates Committee