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Recruitment for our next Vice-Chancellor and Principal

A global search to lead Australia's first university
The Vice-Chancellor and Principal is responsible for the overall leadership and management of the University and for shaping and realising our aspirations and direction.

The University of Sydney has embarked upon a global search for its next Vice-Chancellor and Principal to succeed Dr Michael Spence AC.

The University of Sydney is Australia’s first university and one of the world’s leading comprehensive research and teaching universities. Home to a diverse community of students and staff, Sydney combines pride in its 160-year-strong history with a commitment to knowledge and innovation with genuine benefit to society. 

Sydney is ranked among the top universities in the world (60th in the THE World University Rankings 2020), excelling for the quality of its teaching and research, graduate employability, breadth of subjects, student mobility, and generosity of scholarships. Sydney is also a university on the move - in recent years, the University has undergone significant transformation across a number of key areas ranging from governance to curriculum, culture, philanthropy, research infrastructure, external engagement, and campus development.

This is an exceptional opportunity to leverage the University’s long history, outstanding global reputation, and ongoing transformation to further advance Sydney’s position as one of the world’s leading universities.

The Vice-Chancellor and Principal will be an outstanding, inspiring and strategic leader of international repute, with a proven record in complex organisations. She/he will have deep understanding of the global higher education landscape and be able to command the respect of scholars. A compelling communicator, the appointee will also evidence success in engaging with external stakeholders across government, industry, international partners, alumni, donors, and the media. She/he will bring financial and commercial acumen, an appreciation of the rapidly evolving university funding landscape, and deep commitment to diversity, innovation, and excellence.  

How to apply

If you wish to discuss this role further in confidence, please contact Perrett Laver at SydneyVC@perrettlaver.com or call the Sydney office on +61 2 8354 4000.

For more information and to submit your application please visit the Perrett Laver website quoting reference 4684.

Download the information pack for the Vice-Chancellor and Principal [pdf, 5.1MB]

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