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Vice-Chancellor and Principal Dr Michael Spence AC

Promoting and developing our University

Our Vice-Chancellor is the University's principal executive officer and is instrumental in determining our strategic direction.

The Vice-Chancellor leads the University and determines its overall direction, in close consultation with the Chancellor and other Fellows of Senate, senior leaders and the Academic Board.

Improving lives through leadership

Dr Michael Spence AC BA LLB Sydney DPhil PGDipTheol Oxford

Dr Michael Spence AC has led the University of Sydney as Vice-Chancellor and Principal since 2008 and is the University’s 25th vice-chancellor. Under Dr Spence’s leadership, the University has:

An alumnus of the University, Dr Spence has a BA with first-class honours in English, Italian and law. His other languages include French, Chinese and Korean. He is recognised internationally as a leader in the field of intellectual property theory and holds a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Oxford, where he headed Oxford’s law faculty and its social sciences division.