University of Sydney Chancellor Belinda Hutchinson

Ms Belinda Hutchinson AM

Chancellor of the University of Sydney

Belinda Hutchinson AM became the 18th Chancellor of the University of Sydney in February 2013. She is a strong advocate for the critical role of world-class education and research in securing Australia’s social and economic future.

She graduated with a Bachelor of Economics degree from the University of Sydney and in 2012 received a University Alumni Award for professional achievement.

She has a deep interest in developing a culture of philanthropy and sits on a number of not for profit boards including Australian Philanthropic Services and St Vincent’s Health Australia’s NSW Advisory board. She is currently also Chairman of Future Generation Global Investment Company, Australia’s largest impact investing fund with a focus on child and youth mental health. Her family foundation supports a variety of community-based initiatives such as the Hunger Project in Malawi, Africa.

In the business sphere, she is Chairman of Thales Australia Limited, a non-executive director of AGL Energy, a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Institute of Company Directors. She was previously Chairman of QBE Insurance Group, a director of Telstra, Coles Myer, Energy Australia, TAB, St Vincent’s Health Australia, Crane Group, and President of the NSW State Library Council.

Belinda is a champion for increasing opportunities for women in leadership positions and is a past President of Chief Executive Women, which comprises more than 400 of the country’s women leaders.

Established in 1850 as Australia’s first university, today the University of Sydney is one of the world’s leading, comprehensive research and teaching institutions, ranked in the top 50 universities in the world.

The University of Sydney’s diverse community of more than 60,000 students and 6,400 academic staff share Australian innovation and research on the international stage.

Multidisciplinary research excellence

The University of Sydney is a world-leading research institution, with 100% of its research ranked at world standard or above.

The University has wide-ranging research strengths, from English language and literature, to philosophy, history, and the social sciences, to clinical medicine, quantum mechanics, astrophysics and robotics.

The University’s investment in multidisciplinary research is unrivalled in Australia, and it’s strategy aims to harness its research strengths – including a breadth and depth of disciplinary expertise unique in Australia – to address some of the major global challenges of our time, including:

  • obesity
  • diabetes and cardiovascular disease
  • nanoscale science and technology
  • mental health and neurosciences.

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Ranked in the top 50 universities in the world.


100% of research is rated at world standard or above.


Ranked 14th in the world for graduate employability.

Its research also includes a distinctive whole-of-institution focus on China and Southeast Asia.

The University’s strategy represents almost $1 billion of targeted investment for interdisciplinary research in these areas alone, which places it among the leading institutions globally pursuing these challenges.

Educational excellence

The University of Sydney offers Australia’s broadest range of disciplines, and a global network that includes more than 280 exchange opportunities in more than 30 countries. The University’s new undergraduate curriculum provides more opportunities for students to gain hands-on experience, develop workplace-ready skills and shape their education to their interests and society’s newest challenges.

That is one reason why the University is ranked number one in Australia and number four in the world for graduate employability, and you’ll find its 320,000 alumni sharing its unique style of thinking in more than 170 countries around the world.

An education for everyone

It has always been the University of Sydney’s mission to provide people from any background with the opportunity to realise their potential through education. We were one of the first universities in the world to admit students solely on academic merit, and women on the same basis as men.

Today, the University provides almost $100 million in scholarships, grants and other support, as well as alternative entry pathways to students from diverse and disadvantaged backgrounds every year.

A unique campus life

There’s more to student life than what happens in the classroom. Voted number one for student experience in Australia, the University of Sydney is home to a diverse range of students from more than 130 countries, who enjoy access to more than 200 clubs and societies, sporting facilities, performance spaces, museums, galleries and learning and studying spaces.

With everything located on one of the world’s most beautiful campuses only five minutes from the centre of Sydney, the University’s community is unlike anywhere else in the world.

In establishing the University of Sydney, our founders recognised the power of education to inspire positive change. It’s a principle that drives us today, encouraging our people to push conventions, shape change and improve lives.

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University of Sydney Senate

The Senate is the governing authority of the University of Sydney and has the functions conferred or imposed on it by or under the University of Sydney Act 1989 (NSW) (as amended).

The Senate of the University oversees all major decisions concerning the conduct of the University, including staff appointments and welfare, student welfare and discipline, financial matters and the physical and academic development of the University.  It awards all degrees and diplomas and is responsible to the Parliament of NSW.

For more information, please refer to the Senate’s Terms of Reference opens-in-a-new-window.

Membership of Sydney University’s Senate is as follows:

Ex-Officio Members

Ms Belinda J Hutchinson AM – Chancellor
Dr Michael Spence – Vice-Chancellor
Associate Professor Tony Masters – Chair of Academic Board

Appointed Members – Ministerial

Mr Alec N Brennan AM – Deputy Chancellor
Mrs Dorothy J Hoddinott AO
Mr Kevin McCann AM
Ms Leah Armstrong
Ms Ilana Atlas
Mr David Mortimer AO

Appointed Members – Senate

Mr Joshua Preece – Postgraduate Student

Elected Members

Mr Peter J FitzSimons AM (Pro-Chancellor) – Graduate
Dr Barry Catchlove AM – Graduate
Ms Kate McClymont – Graduate
Dr Catriona Menzies-Pike – Graduate
Mr Andrew West – Graduate
Ms Jordi Austin – Professional Staff
Professor Marian Baird AO – Academic Staff
Professor Chris Murphy – Academic Staff
Professor Sharon Naismith – Academic Staff
Professor Jill White AM – Academic Staff
Mr Dalton Fogarty – Undergraduate Student

Other Governing Bodies

Other Governing bodies within the University include:

  • Buildings and Estates Committee
  • Education and Research Committee
  • Finance and Audit Committee
  • Human Resources Committee
  • Investment and Commercialisation Committee
  • Nominations and Appointments Committee
  • Safety and Risk Management Committee

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