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Visitor of the University

Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC

The Visitor of the University is a special role detailed in the University of Sydney Act 1989.

Headshot of the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC

Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC

The sitting Governor of NSW is granted the title of ‘Visitor of the University’ to perform ceremonial functions at the University. The Visitor has no functions or jurisdiction with respect to the resolution of disputes or any other matter concerning the affairs of the University.

The Current Governor of New South Wales and Visitor of the University is Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC, the 39th Governor of New South Wales, who commenced her five year tenure on 2 May 2019.

Prior to her appointment as Governor, Her Excellency enjoyed a long and distinguished law career spanning 43 years, during which time she served as a role model for women in law at both the State and national level.

Appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1989, in 1993 she was made a judge of the Federal Court of Australia, the first woman to sit exclusively in that Court. In 1996, she achieved the distinction of being the first woman appointed to the New South Wales Court of Appeal and, subsequently, as the first woman to be appointed as its President. She served, on a number of occasions, as Administrator of the Government of the State of New South Wales.

The Governor is an alumnus of the University graduating with a Bachelor of Laws degree with honours and also holds an Honorary degree of Doctor of Laws (honoris causa).

More information on the Governor may be found here.