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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.

The statutory powers and responsibilities of Senate are defined by section 16 of the University of Sydney Act 1989 (NSW).

Meeting date Time Agenda items due

Friday 22 March 2019

All day

Friday 8 March 2019

Saturday 23 March 2019

All day

Friday 8 March 2019

Wednesday 8 May 2019


Wednesday 24 April 2019 

Wednesday 10 July 2019


Wednesday 26 June 2019 

Friday 9 August 2019

All day

Friday 26 July 2019 

Tuesday 1 October 2019
(Reserve meeting)


Tuesday 17 September

Wednesday 6 November 2019


Wednesday 23 October 2019 

Monday 9 December 2019


Monday 25 November 2019

Meeting date  Time Agenda items due
Friday 20 March 2020  All day  Friday 6 March 2020
Saturday 21 March 2020 (Retreat) All day Friday 6 March 2020
Wednesday 20 May 2020  1pm  Wednesday 6 May 2020
Friday 3 July 2020 1pm Friday 19 June 2020 
Friday 14 August 2020 1pm Friday 31 September 2020
Wednesday 30 September 2020 1pm Wednesday 16 September 2020
Wednesday 4 November 2020 1pm Wednesday 21 October 2020 
Monday 7 December 2020  1pm Monday 23 November 2020


Alyssa White

Manager Governance (Senate & Academic Board)
  • Level 5 Corner of Eastern Avenue and City Road Administration Building F23