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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).

Agenda items due Meeting date Meeting time
Friday 5 March 2021 Friday 19 March 2021 All day
Friday 5 March 2021 Saturday 20 March 2021 (Retreat)  All day
Wednesday 5 May 2021 Wednesday 19 May 2021 1pm 
Wednesday 16 June 2021 Wednesday 30 June 2021 1pm 
Friday 13 August 2021 Friday 27 August 2021 1pm
Wednesday 15 September 2021 Wednesday 29 September 2021  All day 
Monday 18 October 2021 Monday 1 November 2021 1pm 
Monday 29 November 2021 Monday 13 December 2021 1pm 
Agenda items due Meeting date Meeting time
Friday 4 March 2022 Friday 18 March 2022 All day
Friday 4 March 2022 Saturday 19 March 2022 (Retreat) All day 
Wednesday 4 May 2022 Wednesday 18 May 2022 1pm 
Wednesday 15 June 2022 Wednesday 29 June 2022 1pm 
Friday 12 August 2022 Friday 26 August 2022 All day
Wednesday 14 September 2022 Wednesday 28 September 2022 (Reserve) 1pm 
Wednesday 12 October 2022 Wednesday 26 October 2022 1pm 
Wednesday 23 November 2022 Wednesday 7 December 2022 1pm 


Alyssa White

Senior Manager University Governance & Deputy Secretary to Senate
  • Level 5 Corner of Eastern Avenue and City Road Administration Building F23