The University has made internal changes to the way its faculties and schools are organised.
These changes simplify the way we operate and will make it easier for students to navigate the University.
The current faculties of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing and Midwifery, and Pharmacy have been brought together as schools in a new, single Faculty of Medicine and Health, along with the schools of Medical Sciences and Public Health. In the future, the current Faculty of Health Sciences will also become a school in the new faculty.
The structural change will not have any impact on enrolment, the delivery of courses and industry placements, scholarships or honours programs. The changes will not affect courses or units of study, or the way in which they are taught.
Discipline: An intellectual community based on an internationally recognised field of inquiry. For example, the discipline of Business Law within the University of Sydney Business School and the discipline of Pathology at Sydney Medical School.
Faculty: The primary academic grouping within the University, made up of broad complementary disciplinary groups, in which teaching and research are delivered. Faculties are further organised into narrower groups (i.e. schools and departments or disciplines) to support collaboration in research and teaching.
Institute: Conducts research on specific topics. The University teaches the discipline of agriculture through the School of Life and Environmental Sciences in the Faculty of Science. Multidisciplinary agriculture research endeavour is delivered through the University of Sydney Institute of Agriculture. .
School within a faculty: An academic unit where staff have a common disciplinary and/or inter-disciplinary research and teaching responsibility. Some faculties have become schools within a faculty to increase the potential for those schools to work together in teaching and research.
University school: Similar to schools within faculties but does not share the broad disciplinary connections with the larger faculty groupings. For example, the University decided that the three previous faculties of Architecture, Design and Planning, Law and Sydney Conservatorium of Music would not gain any increased advantages by being brought into a larger faculty grouping.
Clinical school: An academic unit located in a healthcare setting where staff have common disciplinary and/or inter-disciplinary research, clinical delivery and teaching responsibilities.