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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.  

Update on Vice-Chancellor transition

The University has announced that Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Stephen Garton, will take on the role of Vice-Chancellor and Principal on 15 December 2020, following the departure of Dr Michael Spence, while the recruitment for a suitable replacement continues.

Dr Spence and Professor Garton will be working closely over the coming weeks to ensure a smooth leadership transition and to prepare for the year ahead.

Chancellor Belinda Hutchinson AC has also been working with Dr Spence, Professor Garton and the University Executive to create a programme of work for Senate and its committees that will maintain both momentum and stability in the coming months.

The University community will continue to be kept informed as the recruitment process progresses.

Updated 27 October 2020.

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