University of Sydney

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  • Facts and Figures

    To help you build a pic­ture of what Syd­ney Uni­ver­sity is like, we’ve put together some key facts and fig­ures about the Uni­ver­sity and its activ­i­ties – from the num­ber of stu­dent enrol­ments we have to how many sport­ing clubs are on campus.

    • Year of foun­da­tion: 1850
    • Stu­dent enrol­ments: 50,206*
    • Aca­d­e­mic staff: 3,474*
    • Num­ber of alumni world­wide: 270,000
    • Num­ber of coun­tries rep­re­sented by stu­dent body: 134
    • Stu­dent union clubs and soci­eties: 200+
    • Sport­ing clubs: 43
    • Items in the University’s Library: more than 5.2 mil­lion
    • Num­ber of stu­dent exchange agree­ments: 286 (in more than 30 countries)
    • Chan­cel­lor: Belinda Hutchin­son AM
    • Vice-​Chancellor and Prin­ci­pal: Dr Michael Spence

    * As at 31 March 2012


    The Deputy-​Vice Chan­cel­lor– Research works in part­ner­ship with aca­d­e­mic lead­ers across the Uni­ver­sity to main­tain and develop Sydney’s lead­ing role within Aus­tralia and inter­na­tion­ally as a pre-​eminent research inten­sive university.

    The Uni­ver­sity of Syd­ney is com­mit­ted to con­tin­ued improve­ment in its research per­for­mance, main­tain­ing its lead­ing role within Aus­tralia and improv­ing its com­pet­i­tive posi­tion inter­na­tion­ally in order to con­tribute to the eco­nomic, social and cul­tural well-​being of Aus­tralia and the wider world.

    To realise this vision the Uni­ver­sity is imple­ment­ing strate­gies that will:

    • attract and nur­ture the bright­est researchers and sup­port them to under­take research that makes an orig­i­nal con­tri­bu­tion to knowl­edge or understanding;
    • focus its research activ­i­ties to cre­ate areas of crit­i­cal mass and coor­di­nate invest­ment in key strate­gic research areas;
    • align its organ­i­sa­tional struc­ture to sup­port capa­bil­i­ties in key dis­ci­plines and cross-​disciplinary areas and
    • build capac­ity to under­take many dif­fer­ent kinds of research trans­la­tion includ­ing intel­lec­tual prop­erty pro­tec­tion and commercialisation.

    Con­tacts and ser­vices in the DVCR portfolio

    • Pro­fes­sor Jill Trewhella: Deputy Vice-​Chancellor (Research)
    • Ms Kim Pas­coe: Exec­u­tive Assis­tant to Deputy Vice-​Chancellor (Research)
    • Ms Jenni Gor­don: Exec­u­tive Direc­tor and Chief Oper­at­ing Officer
    • Mer­ril Bouck­ley: Exec­u­tive Direc­tor Research Operations
    • Andrew Black: Direc­tor, Research Devel­op­ment and Col­lab­o­ra­tion
      pro­vides strate­gic advice to aca­d­e­mic lead­ers and researchers on research oppor­tu­ni­ties, includ­ing major research ini­tia­tives as well as sup­port to researchers seek­ing fund­ing from all sources and with the prepa­ra­tion of high qual­ity fund­ing proposals.
    • Yamini Sandi­ran: Direc­tor, Research Grants and Con­tracts
      works closely with the Research Devel­op­ment team to help researchers access research fund­ing from all gov­ern­ment and non-​commercial sources, includ­ing the ARC and the NHMRC, and facil­i­tates effec­tive post-​award admin­is­tra­tion of research grants and research related contracts.


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