Ms Belinda Hutchinson AM

Chancellor of The University of Sydney

Belinda Hutchinson AM is the 18th Chancellor of the University of Sydney, appointed 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 and Qantas, 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.


University Profile

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, regularly ranked in the top 50 universities in the world (footnote 1).

The University of Sydney’s diverse community of more than 60,000 students and 7,500 academic and professional staff share Australian innovation and research on the international stage.

Multidisciplinary research excellence

The University of Sydney is a world-renowned research institution, with 100 percent of its research ranked at world standard or above (footnote 2).

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

The University’s strategy aims to harness its research strengths – including an extraordinary breadth and depth of disciplinary expertise – to address some of the 21st century’s most pressing challenges, including:

  • obesity

  • diabetes and cardiovascular disease

  • nanoscale science and technology

  • mental health and neurosciences.

Its research also includes a distinctive whole-of-institution focus on enhancing our research and education in China and Southeast Asia, across many disciplines.

Educational excellence

The University of Sydney offers one of Australia’s broadest range of disciplines, and a global network that includes more than 270 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 (footnote 3), 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.

Each year, the University offers more than $84 million in scholarships, and provides a comprehensive range of grants and other support, as well as alternative entry pathways to students from diverse and disadvantaged backgrounds.

A unique campus life

There is much more to student life than what happens in the classroom. 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 (including 26 cultural groups), sporting facilities, performance spaces, museums, galleries and learning and studying spaces.

Many of our education and research buildings are located on one of the world’s most beautiful campuses, only 10 minutes from the centre of Sydney.

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 challenge conventions, shape change and improve lives.

To find out more, visit or connect with the University on:

  1. QS World University Rankings 2019; US News and World Report Best Global Universities Rankings

  2. Excellence in Research for Australia 2015 report

  3. QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2018



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 .

Membership of Sydney University’s Senate is as follows:

Ex-Officio Members

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

Appointed Members – Ministerial

Mr Richard Freudenstein – Deputy Chancellor
Dr Lisa McIntyre

Appointed Members – Senate

Ms Ilana Atlas
Mr Jason Yat-sen Li
Ms Kate McClymont
Ms Karen Moses
Mr Peter Scott

Elected Members

Professor Marian Baird AO – Academic Staff
Professor Christopher Murphy – Academic Staff
Ms Jordi Austin – Professional Staff
Mr David Jordan – Postgraduate Student
Mr Colin Whitchurch – Undergraduate Student


Other Governing Bodies

Other Governing bodies within the University include:

  • Buildings and Estates Committee

  • Finance and Audit Committee

    • Investment Sub-Committee

  • People and Culture Committee

    • Remuneration Sub-Committee

  • Strategy Oversight and Risk Committee