University of Sydney

Last updated

The University of Sydney
University of Sydney coat of arms.png
Coat of arms of the University of Sydney [1]
MottoSidere mens eadem mutato (Latin)
Motto in English
The stars change, the mind remains the same
Type Public research university
Established1850 (1850)
Endowment A$2.5 billion (2018) [2]
Chancellor Belinda Hutchinson
Vice-Chancellor Michael Spence
Visitor Governor of New South Wales ex officio
Academic staff
3,559 (2018) [3]
Administrative staff
4,386 (2018) [3]
Students61,309 (2018) [3]
Undergraduates 35,351 (2018) [3]
Postgraduates 25,958 (2018) [3]
3,853 (2018) [3]

33°53′16″S151°11′14″E / 33.88778°S 151.18722°E / -33.88778; 151.18722
CampusUrban, parks
Colours Red, yellow & blue  
Affiliations Go8
Usyd new logo.png

The University of Sydney (USYD, or informally Sydney Uni) is an Australian public research university in Sydney, Australia. Founded in 1850, it is Australia's first university and is regarded as one of the world's leading universities. The university is known as one of Australia's 6 sandstone universities. Its campus is ranked in the top 10 of the world's most beautiful universities by the British Daily Telegraph and The Huffington Post , spreading across the inner-city suburbs of Camperdown and Darlington. [4] [5] The university comprises nine faculties and university schools, through which it offers bachelor, master and doctoral degrees.


In 2018–19, the QS World University Rankings ranked Sydney as one of the world's top 25 most reputable universities, [6] and its graduates as the top 5 most employable in the world and first in Australia. [7] It is one of the first universities in the world to admit students solely on academic merit, and opened their doors to women on the same basis as men. [8]

Five Nobel and two Crafoord laureates have been affiliated with the university as graduates and faculty. [9] The university has educated seven Australian prime ministers, two governors-general of Australia, nine state governors and territory administrators, and 24 justices of the High Court of Australia, including four chief justices. Sydney has produced 110 Rhodes Scholars and 19 Gates Scholars.

The University of Sydney is a member of the Group of Eight, CEMS, the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU), the Association of Commonwealth Universities and the Worldwide Universities Network.



The University of Sydney in the early 1870s, viewed from Parramatta Road Parramattard1870susyd.jpg
The University of Sydney in the early 1870s, viewed from Parramatta Road
The Sydney University Regiment forming a guard of honour for the visiting Duke of York, 1927 Sydney-university-regiment-duke-of-york-visit-1927.jpg
The Sydney University Regiment forming a guard of honour for the visiting Duke of York, 1927

In 1848, in the New South Wales Legislative Council, William Wentworth, a graduate of the University of Cambridge and Charles Nicholson, a medical graduate from the University of Edinburgh Medical School, proposed a plan to expand the existing Sydney College into a larger university. Wentworth argued that a state secular university was imperative for the growth of a society aspiring towards self-government, and that it would provide the opportunity for "the child of every class, to become great and useful in the destinies of his country". [10] It would take two attempts on Wentworth's behalf, however, before the plan was finally adopted.

The university was established via the passage of the University of Sydney Act, [11] on 24 September 1850 and was assented on 1 October 1850 by Sir Charles Fitzroy. [12] Two years later, the university was inaugurated on 11 October 1852 in the Big Schoolroom of what is now Sydney Grammar School. The first principal was John Woolley, [13] the first professor of chemistry and experimental physics was John Smith. [14] On 27 February 1858 the university received its Royal Charter from Queen Victoria, giving degrees conferred by the university rank and recognition equal to those given by universities in the United Kingdom. [15] By 1859, the university had moved to its current site in the Sydney suburb of Camperdown.

In 1858, the passage of the electoral act provided for the university to become a constituency for the New South Wales Legislative Assembly as soon as there were 100 graduates of the university holding higher degrees eligible for candidacy. This seat in the Parliament of New South Wales was first filled in 1876, but was abolished in 1880 one year after its second member, Edmund Barton, who later became the first Prime Minister of Australia, was elected to the Legislative Assembly.

Most of the estate of John Henry Challis was bequeathed to the university, which received a sum of £200,000 in 1889. This was thanks in part due to William Montagu Manning (Chancellor 1878–95) who argued against the claims by British Tax Commissioners. The following year seven professorships were created: anatomy; zoology; engineering; history; law; logic and mental philosophy; and modern literature.

A significant figure from 1927 to 1958, termed 'Sydney's best known academic', [16] was the Professor of Philosophy at the University John Anderson. A native of Scotland, Anderson's controversial views as a self-proclaimed Atheist and advocate of free thought in all subjects raised the ire of many, even to the point of being censured by the state parliament in 1943. [16]


The New England University College was founded as part of the University of Sydney in 1938 and later separated in 1954 to become the University of New England.

During the late 1960s, the University of Sydney was at the centre of rows to introduce courses on Marxism and feminism at the major Australian universities. At one stage, newspaper reporters descended on the university to cover brawls, demonstrations, secret memos and a walk-out by David Armstrong, a respected philosopher who held the Challis Chair of Philosophy from 1959 to 1991, after students at one of his lectures openly demanded a course on feminism. [17] The Builders Labourers Federation placed a green ban on the university after two women tutors were not allowed to teach a course but the issue was quickly resolved internally. [18]

The philosophy department split over the issue to become the Traditional and Modern Philosophy Department, headed by Armstrong and following a more traditional approach to philosophy, and the General Philosophy Department, which follows the French continental approach.

Under the terms of the Higher Education (Amalgamation) Act 1989 (NSW) [19] the following bodies were incorporated into the university in 1990:

Prior to 1981, the Sydney Institute of Education was the Sydney Teachers College.

The Orange Agricultural College (OAC) was originally transferred to the University of New England under the Act, but then transferred to the University of Sydney in 1994, as part of the reforms to the University of New England undertaken by the University of New England Act 1993 [20] and the Southern Cross University Act 1993. [21] In January 2005, the University of Sydney transferred the OAC to Charles Sturt University.


The Main Quadrangle in its complete form as seen today The Main Quadrangle of the University of Sydney.png
The Main Quadrangle in its complete form as seen today

In February 2007, the university agreed to acquire a portion of the land granted to St John's College to develop the Sydney Institute of Health and Medical Research, now the Charles Perkins Centre, the first new research building to be built on campus in over 40 years. As a Roman Catholic institution, in handing over the land St John's placed limitations on the type of medical research which could be conducted on the premises, seeking to preserve the essence of the college's mission. This caused concern among some groups, who argued that it would interfere with scientific medical research. However, this was rejected by the university's administration because the building was not intended for this purpose and there were many other facilities in close proximity where such research could take place.[ citation needed ].

Charles Perkins Centre, University of Sydney Charles Perkins Centre interior, Sydney.jpg
Charles Perkins Centre, University of Sydney

In 2010 the university received a rarely seen Pablo Picasso painting from the private collection of an anonymous donor. The painting, Jeune Fille Endormie , which had never been publicly seen since 1939, depicts the artist's lover, Marie-Thérèse Walter and was donated on the strict understanding that it would be sold and the proceeds directed to medical research. [22] In June 2011, the painting was auctioned at Christie's in London and sold for £13.5 million ($20.6 million AUD). The proceeds of the sale funded the establishment of many endowed professorial chairs at the yet to be constructed Charles Perkins Centre, where a room dedicated to the painting, now exists. [23]

At the start of 2010, the university controversially adopted a new logo. It retains the same university arms, however it takes on a more modern look. There have been stylistic changes, the main one being the coat of arm's mantling, the shape of the escutcheon (shield), the removal of the motto scroll, and also others more subtle within the arms itself, such as the mane and fur of the lion, the number of lines in the open book and the colouration. [24] The original Coat of Arms from 1857 continues to be used for ceremonial and other formal purposes, such as on testamurs. [25] [26]

Concerns about public funding for higher education were reflected again in 2014 following the federal government's proposal to deregulate student fees. The university held a wide-ranging consultation process, which included a "town hall meeting" at the university's Great Hall 25 August 2014, where an audience of students, staff and alumni expressed deep concern about the government's plans and called on university leadership to lobby against the proposals. [27] Spence took a leading position among Australian vice-chancellors in repeatedly calling throughout 2014 for any change to funding to not undermine equitable access to university while arguing for fee deregulation to raise course costs for the majority of higher education students. [28] [29]

In order to further enhance its competitiveness locally and internationally, the university has introduced plans to consolidate existing degrees to reduce the overall number of programs. [30]


In 2001, the University of Sydney chancellor, Dame Leonie Kramer, was forced to resign by the university's governing body. [31] In 2003, Nick Greiner, a former Premier of New South Wales, resigned from his position as chair of the university's Graduate School of Management because of academic protests against his simultaneous chairmanship of British American Tobacco (Australia). Subsequently, his wife, Kathryn Greiner, resigned in protest from the two positions she held at the university as chair of the Sydney Peace Foundation and a member of the executive council of the Research Institute for Asia and the Pacific. [32]

In 2005, the Public Service Association of New South Wales and the Community and Public Sector Union were in dispute with the university over a proposal to privatise security at the main campus (and the Cumberland campus). [33]

Action initiated by Spence to improve the financial sustainability of the university has alienated some students and staff. [34] In 2012, Spence led efforts to cut the university's expenditure to address the financial impact of a slowdown in international student enrolments across Australia. This included redundancies of a number of university staff and faculty, though some at the university argued that the institution should cut back on building programs instead. [35] Critics argue the push for savings has been driven by managerial incompetence and indifference, [34] fuelling industrial action during a round of enterprise bargaining in 2013 that also reflected widespread concerns about public funding for higher education. [36]

An internal staff survey in 2012/13, which found widespread dissatisfaction with how the university is being managed. [37] Asked to rate their level of agreement with a series of statements about the university, 19 per cent of those surveyed believed "change and innovation" were handled well by the university. In the survey, 75 per cent of university staff indicated senior executives were not listening to them, while only 22 per cent said change was handled well and 33 per cent said senior executives were good role models. [38]

In the first week of semester, some staff passed a motion of no confidence in Spence because of concerns he was pushing staff to improve the budget while he received a performance bonus of $155,000 that took his total pay to $1 million, in the top 0.1 per cent of income earners in Australia. [39] Fairfax media reports Spence and other Uni bosses have salary packages worth ten times more than staff salaries and double that of the Prime Minister. [40]

During Spence's term, the university community was divided over allowing students from an elite private school, Scots College, to enter university via a "pathway of privilege" by means of enrolling in a Diploma of Tertiary Preparation rather than meeting HSC entry requirements. [41] The university charged students $12,000 to take the course and have since successfully admitted a number of students to degree courses. An exposé by Fairfax media which turned out to be based on a misunderstanding as to VET and UAC matriculation standards, the scheme has been criticised by Phillip Heath, the national chairman of the Association of Heads of independent schools of Australia. [42]

An investigation by Fairfax Media in 2015 revealed widespread cheating at universities across NSW, including the University of Sydney. [43] The university established a taskforce on academic misconduct in April 2015 to maintain its leadership position in preventing incidences of cheating and academic misconduct. [44]

A 2016 investigation by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation exposed corporate deals between the Veterinary Faculty and large pet food companies had resulted in the withholding of harmful cat food product tested to protect corporate sponsors. [45]

The Institute of Public Affairs’ third (2018) annual audit of free speech on Australian campuses has named the University of Sydney, the Australian National University and James Cook University as the most hostile to free speech based on measures that “aggregate (the) number of problematic policies and actions”. [46] An appendix, provided by the Institute of Public Affairs, listed 51 alleged incidents at 20 universities in which freedom of expression was said to have come under attack. The University of Sydney accounted for the largest (19 out of 51 or 37%) of those alleged incidents. A national code to protect freedom of speech at universities has been endorsed by the federal government. It is intended to counter the risk of overreach by university administrators and aims to restrain rules that stifle opinions that some might consider unwelcome, offensive or even insulting. [47]


Main campus

University of Sydney Quad Building The University of Sydney Quad Building.jpg
University of Sydney Quad Building

The main campus has been ranked in the top 10 of the world's most beautiful universities by the British Daily Telegraph , and The Huffington Post , among others such as Oxford and Cambridge and is spread across the inner-city suburbs of Camperdown and Darlington. [4] [5]

Originally housed in what is now Sydney Grammar School, in 1855 the government granted land in Grose Farm to the university, three kilometres from the city, which is now the main Camperdown campus. In 1854 the architect Edmund Blacket accepted a senate invitation for the first buildings to be designed. In 1858 the Great Hall was finished, and in 1859 the Main Building was built. He composed the original Neo-Gothic sandstone Quadrangle and Great Tower buildings, which were completed in 1862. [48] The rapid expansion of the university in the mid-20th century resulted in the acquisition of land in Darlington across City Road. The Camperdown/Darlington campus houses the university's administrative headquarters, and the Faculties of Arts, Science, Education and Social Work, Pharmacy, Veterinary Science, Economics and Business, Architecture, and Engineering. It is also the home base of the large Sydney Medical School, which has numerous affiliated teaching hospitals across the state.

The main campus is also the focus of the university's student life, with the student-run University of Sydney Union (once referred to as "the Union", but now known as "the USU") in possession of three buildings – Wentworth, Manning and Holme Buildings. These buildings house a large proportion of the university's catering outlets, and provide space for recreational rooms, bars and function centres. One of the largest activities organised by the Union is Welcome Week (formerly Orientation Week or 'O-week' [49] ), a three-day festival at the start of the academic year. Welcome Week centres on stalls set up by clubs and societies on the Front Lawns.

The main campus is home to a variety of statues, artworks, and monuments. These include the Gilgamesh Statue and the Confucius Statue.

Some other architects associated with the University were Walter Liberty Vernon, Walter Burley Griffin, Leslie Wilkinson, and the Government Architect's Office. [48] The building was designed in accordance with the university's masterplanning by the architect and founding dean of the university's architecture faculty Leslie Wilkinson, who himself was inspired by a previously unused masterplan developed for the campus by Walter Burley Griffin in 1915. [50]

The 2002 conservation plan of the university stated that the Main Building and Quadrangle, Anderson Stuart Building, Gate Lodges, St Paul's College, St John's College and St Andrew's College "comprise what is arguably the most important group of Gothic and Tudor Revival style architecture in Australia, and the landscape and grounds features associated with these buildings, including Victoria Park, contribute to and support the existence and appreciation of their architectural qualities and aesthetic significance." [48]

In 2015 The NSW Department of Planning and Environment endorsed The University of Sydney's $1.4 billion Campus Improvement Plan which involved a number of new important structures and renovations. [51]

As of 2016 the university is undertaking a large capital works program with the aim of revitalising the campus and providing more office, teaching and student space. [52] The program will see the amalgamation of the smaller science and technical libraries into a larger library, and the construction of a central administration and student services building along City Road. A new building for the School of Information Technologies opened in late 2006 and has been located on a site adjacent to the Seymour Centre. The busy Eastern Avenue thoroughfare has been transformed into a pedestrian plaza and a new footbridge has been built over City Road. The new home for the Sydney Law School, located alongside Fisher Library on the site of the old Edgeworth David and Stephen Roberts buildings, has been completed. The university has opened a new building called "Abercrombie building" for business school students in early 2016.

The NSW state government has reduced transport links to the old campus and the closest Redfern railway station leaving main access to buses on the neighbouring Parramatta Road and City Road, prioritising the growth at other Sydney universities. [53]

From 2007, the university has used space in the former Eveleigh railway yards, just to the south of Darlington, for examination purposes.

In 2018, New South Wales Minister for Heritage, Gabrielle Upton agreed to put the University of Sydney and some adjacent sites on the state heritage register, creating a conservation area that would include the Camperdown campus, and the nearby Victoria Park. [48]

Satellite campuses

The university also uses a number of other facilities for its teaching activities.


Faculty of Law Library USYD Law Library AUG2019.jpg
Faculty of Law Library

The University of Sydney Library consists of 11 individual libraries located across the university's various campuses. The Fisher and Health sciences libraries offer disability support services. [57] According to the library's publications, it is the largest academic library in the southern hemisphere; [58] university statistics show that in 2007 the collection consisted of just under 5 million physical volumes and a further 300,000 e-books, for a total of approximately 5.3 million items. [59] It is also the only university in Australia to be a state legal deposit library [60] according to the Copyright Act 1968 which stipulates that a copy of every printed material published in NSW be sent to the University Library. The Rare Books Library possesses several extremely rare items, including one of the two extant copies of the Gospel of Barnabas and a first edition of Isaac Newton's Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica .

Lake Northam in Victoria Park The University of Sydney Lake Northam 2013.jpg
Lake Northam in Victoria Park

Centre for Continuing Education

The Centre for Continuing Education is an adult education provider within the university. Extension lectures at the university were inaugurated in 1886, [61] 36 years after the university's founding, making it Australia's longest running university continuing education program. [62]

Museums and galleries

Nicholson Museum - Joy of Museum Nicholson Museum - Joy of Museum.jpg
Nicholson Museum - Joy of Museum

Halls of residence and residential colleges

The university has a number of halls of residence (based on research-lead living-learning principles) and residential colleges, each with its own distinctive style and facilities. All offer a wide range of cultural, social, sporting and leadership activities along with targeted academic support in a supportive communal environment. The Halls of Residence are owned and operated by the University Accommodation Service. [64] Starting in 2013, the University committed to creating the Halls of Residence (an additional 4,000-6,000 residential places) at an affordable price to enhance the educational experience of living on campus and to offer more students a rich academic environment in which to live. [65]

The University Student Accommodation Service were awarded the Asia-Pacific Student Housing Operation of the Year & Excellence in Facility Development and Management [67] in 2016.

The Student Accommodation Service and the Mana Yura Student Support Service were the first in Australia to implement an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander On-Campus Residence Halls Scholarship Guarantee. [65]

Additionally, the university owns and operates International House.

Affiliated with the university are six religiously denominated colleges. Unlike some residential colleges in British or American universities, the colleges are not affiliated with any specific discipline of study.

There is a university-affiliated housing cooperative, Stucco.

The college also publishes a peer-reviewed online journal, Philament, [68] that focuses on work by postgraduate students including creative stories. [69] the journal is supported by an advisory board of faculty members, and is registered by the Australian Commonwealth Department of Education Science and Training (DEST).


The university comprises five faculties and three university schools: [70]

The five largest faculties and schools by 2011 student enrolments were (in descending order): Arts and Social Sciences; Business; Science; Engineering; Health Sciences. Together they constituted 64.4% of the university's students and each had a student enrolment over 4,500 (at least 9% of students). [71]

The Main Quadrangle of the University of Sydney SydneyUniversity MainBuilding Panorama.jpg
The Main Quadrangle of the University of Sydney

Academic profile


University rankings
University of Sydney
QS World [72] 42
THE-WUR World [73] 60
ARWU World [74] 80
USNWR World [75] 27
CWTS Leiden World [76] 37
Australian rankings
QS National [72] 3
THE-WUR National [77] 3
ARWU National [78] 5
USNWR National [79] 2
CWTS Leiden National [76] 3
ERA National [80] 3 [81]
The Anderson Stuart Building, housing the Sydney Medical School Anderson Stuart Building Sydney Uni.JPG
The Anderson Stuart Building, housing the Sydney Medical School
The Macleay Building housing the Macleay Museum, the oldest collection of natural history in Australia Macleay Building and Museum, University of Sydney.jpg
The Macleay Building housing the Macleay Museum, the oldest collection of natural history in Australia
The Madsen Building, housing the School of Geosciences, previously occupied by the CSIRO University of Sydney Madsen Building.png
The Madsen Building, housing the School of Geosciences, previously occupied by the CSIRO

When averaging the world's major rankings, The University of Sydney (56) appears to be ranked third in Australia, behind The University of Queensland (47) and The University of Melbourne (40). [82]

The 2019 QS World University Rankings ranked the University of Sydney 42nd in the world, third nationally and top-ranked university in New South Wales. It is ranked 25th in the world by academic reputation. [83] By Subject, QS ranked the University of Sydney in the top 50 across all five broad subject areas. [84]

Additionally, Sydney is ranked 2nd in Sports-related Subjects, 10th in Anatomy & Physiology, 11th in Veterinary Science, 12th in Education, 14th in Law and Legal Studies, 15th in Nursing, 16th in Architecture, 18th in Accounting and Finance, 18th in English Language and Literature, 18th in Medicine and 18th in Pharmacy and Pharmacology.

The 2018 QS Graduate Employability Rankings ranked University of Sydney graduates 4th most employable in the world, 1st in Australia, and 2nd in the Asia Pacific region. [85] In 2012, a human resources consultancy in Paris conducted a survey of recruiters in 20 countries and ranked Sydney as 49th in the world for employability. [86]

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019 ranked the University of Sydney 59th in the world and 3rd in Australia, ahead of UNSW at 96th and 5th respectively. [87]

The University of Sydney Business School has cemented its place among the world's leading providers of business education with accreditation from AMBA, a leading authority on postgraduate management studies, thereby achieving the top one percent "triple crown" status. [88]

By subject area, the University of Sydney is ranked:

The Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings 2017 ranked Sydney as 61st-70th most reputable in the world. [89]

In 2019, it ranked 33rd among the universities around the world by SCImago Institutions Rankings . [90]

The 2020 US News & World Report's Best Global Universities ranking placed Sydney 27th in the world and 2nd in Australasia. [91] In the 2019 Shanghai Ranking published by the Shanghai Ranking Consultancy, the University of Sydney was ranked in the 80th and in the top 0.6% of universities in the world. [92] Sydney is ranked 1st in Australia and 29th overall in the 2017 CWTS Leiden Rankings for research impact. [93] Additionally,

In the Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities 2015 by National Taiwan University, Sydney is ranked 36th in the world, 3rd in the Asia Pacific and 2nd in Australia. [94]

The prestigious London based Financial Times [95] has ranked the University of Sydney Business School's flagship Master of Management [96] as Australia's number one program of its kind for the seventh consecutive year. The Master of Management (MMgt) program was also ranked in the world’s top 5 for “career progress” made by its graduates. [97]

In terms of alumni wealth, the number of wealthy Sydney alumni was ranked fifth outside the United States, behind Oxford, Mumbai, Cambridge and LSE according to the ABC NEWS. [98] Business magazine Spear's placed the University of Sydney 44th in the world and 2nd in Australia in its table of "World's top 100 universities for producing millionaires". [99]

Endowments and research grants

The university has received a number of significant bequests and legacies over its history. The following are current professorships ("chairs"), funds and fellowships which are funded by bequests and legacies and named after benefactors:

Coat of arms

Arms used in the University of Sydney logo, pre-2010 University of Sydney.svg
Arms used in the University of Sydney logo, pre-2010

The Grant of Arms was made by the College of Arms in 1857. The grant reads:

Argent on a Cross Azure an open book proper, clasps Gold, between four Stars of eight points Or, on a chief Gules a Lion passant Guardant also Or, together with this motto "Sidere mens eadem mutato" to be borne and used forever hereafter by the said University of Sydney on their Common Seal, Shields or otherwise according to the Law of Arms.

The use of eight-pointed stars was unusual for arms at the time, although they had been used unofficially as emblems for New South Wales since the 1820s and on the arms of the Church of England Diocese of Australia in 1836. [106]

According to the university, the Latin motto Sidere mens eadem mutato can be translated to "the stars change, the mind remains the same." [1] Francis Merewether, later Vice Provost, in 1857 proposed "Coelum non animum mutant" from Horace (Ep.1.11.27) but after objections changed it to a metrical version including "Sidus" (Star), a neat reference to the Southern Cross and perhaps the Sydney family link with Sir Philip Sidney's "Astrophel (Star-Lover) & Stella (Star)". [107] Author and university alumnus Clive James quipped in his 1981 autobiography that the motto loosely implies "Sydney University is really Oxford or Cambridge laterally displaced approximately 12,000 miles." [108]

Student organisations

Orientation Week at University Place Usydoweek.jpg
Orientation Week at University Place

The SRC and Union are both governed by student representatives, who are elected by students each year. Elections for the USU board of directors occur in first semester; elections for the SRC President, and for members of the Students' Representative Council itself, occur in second semester, along with a separate election for the editorial board of the student newspaper Honi Soit , which is published by the SRC. The elections are usually closely contested, and result in much of the main campus being covered with chalk messages from the various candidates.

Notable alumni

University of Sydney alumni have made significant contributions to Australia and the world.

Notable alumni of Sydney include seven Prime Ministers, the most of any university, three Chief Justices of the High Court, four Federal Opposition Leaders, two Governors-General, nine Federal Attorneys-General, and 24 Justices of the High Court—more than any other law school in Australia. The faculty has also produced 24 Rhodes Scholars and several Gates Scholars. Internationally, alumni of Sydney Law School include the third President of the United Nations General Assembly and a President of the International Court of Justice (in each case, the only Australians to date to hold such positions).

The University of Sydney is associated with five Nobel laureates: in chemistry John Cornforth (alumnus; the only Nobel Laureate born in New South Wales) and Robert Robinson (staff); in economics, John Harsanyi (alumnus); and in physiology or medicine, John Eccles and Bernard Katz (both staff).

The School of Physics has played an important role in the development of radio astronomy in particular: [109] Ruby Payne-Scott conducted the first interferometric observations in radio astronomy with the sea-cliff interferometer at Dover Heights; alumnus Ron Bracewell proposed the nulling interferometer to image extrasolar planets, made contributions to the theory of the Fourier Transform and X-ray tomography, and proposed the idea of the Bracewell probe in SETI; and alumnus Bernard Mills led the construction of the Mills Cross Telescope and Molonglo Observatory Synthesis Telescope in the ACT. School of Physics alumnus and Crafoord Laureate Edwin Salpeter discovered the form of the initial mass function of stars, the importance of beryllium-8 in stellar nuclear fusion, and independently with Yakov Zel'dovich proposed the black hole accretion disk model of active galactic nuclei. The Apollo 14 Mission Scientist Philip K. Chapman and the first Australian-born astronaut to fly in space Paul Scully-Power are both alumni of the University. Chaos theory pioneer and Crafoord Laureate Robert May is an alumnus of and former Professor at the School of Physics, best known for his exploration of the logistic map bifurcations.

In the performing arts, notable alumni include soprano Joan Sutherland; Shakespearean actor John Bell actor, producer and director Dolph Lundgren; and Sri Lankan born Indian actress Jacqueline Fernandez, South Korean singer, producer and director former C-Clown member Rome.

Student well-being

Reports of on-campus sexual assault and harassment

A quarter of the university's female students residing in university colleges have been found to face sexual harassment. [110] Between 2011 and 2016 there were 52 officially reported cases of sexual abuse and harassment on campus released by the university, resulting in 1 expulsion, 1 suspension and 4 reprimands. [111] This is less than the 2017 Australian Human Rights Commission report on sexual assault and harassment which found reported figures substantially higher than this. [112] 71% of students surveyed in 2017 reported not knowing how to make a report relating to sexual assault or harassment. Imogen Grant from the SRC said students who had experienced sexual assault had come forward believing that "navigating the university bureaucracy exacerbates trauma and often seems futile". [113] Previously a 2015 survey of 2000 USyd students found that 57 per cent of respondents did not know where to seek help or how to report sexual misconduct at USyd, and only 1.4% of all serious sexual incidents are reported. [114] After the release of the 2017 report the vice-chancellor said the university was committed to implementing "all of the recommendations contained in the report". [113] Graphic videos emerged in 2018 of male students bragging of their sexual feats over the female students, particularly first-years. [115]

See also

Related Research Articles

Macquarie University university in Sydney, New South Wales

Macquarie University is a public research university based in Sydney, Australia, in the suburb of Macquarie Park. Founded in 1964 by the New South Wales Government, it was the third university to be established in the metropolitan area of Sydney.

University of New South Wales Australian university

The University of New South Wales is an Australian public research university located in the Sydney suburb of Kensington. In 2012, UNSW recorded the highest median ATAR of any university in NSW and attracted the highest number of top 500 students from the state. Established in 1949, it is ranked 4th in Australia, 43rd in the world according to the 2020 QS World University Rankings.

The University of Tokyo, abbreviated as Todai or UTokyo, is a public research university located in Bunkyo, Tokyo, Japan. Established in 1877 as the first imperial university, it is one of Japan's most prestigious universities.

Sorbonne University Public research university in Paris, France

Sorbonne University is a public research university in Paris, France, established in 2018 by the merger of Paris-Sorbonne University, Pierre et Marie Curie University, along with smaller institutions. The date 1257 on its logo refers to the founding of Collège de Sorbonne by Robert de Sorbon, part of the university's early legacy. With 32 Nobel Prize and Fields Medal winners, Sorbonne University has a long tradition of academic excellence.

Flinders University public university in Adelaide, South Australia

Flinders University is a public university in Adelaide, South Australia. Founded in 1966, it was named in honour of British navigator Matthew Flinders, who explored and surveyed the South Australian coastline in the early 19th century.

University of Queensland University in Australia

The University of Queensland (UQ) is a public research university located primarily in Brisbane, the capital city of the Australian state of Queensland. UQ is one of Australasia's leading universities. Founded in 1909 by the state parliament, UQ is classed as one of the 6 sandstone universities, an informal designation of the oldest university in each state. The University of Queensland is a founding member of edX, Australia's research-intensive Group of Eight, the international research network McDonnell International Scholars Academy, and the global Universitas 21 network.

Queensland University of Technology University in Australia

Queensland University of Technology (QUT) is a public research university located in the urban coastal city of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. QUT is located on two campuses in the Brisbane area: Gardens Point and Kelvin Grove. The university in its current form was founded in 1989, when the then Queensland Institute of Technology (QIT) was granted university status by the Queensland University of Technology Act 1988, and by the subsequent merger of Brisbane College of Advanced Education with QUT in 1990.

University of Adelaide Public university in Adelaide, South Australia

The University of Adelaide is a public university located in Adelaide, South Australia. Established in 1874, it is the third-oldest university in Australia. The university's main campus is located on North Terrace in the Adelaide city centre, adjacent to the Art Gallery of South Australia, the South Australian Museum and the State Library of South Australia.

Swinburne University of Technology university in Victoria, Australia

Swinburne University of Technology is a public research university based in Melbourne, Australia. It was founded in 1908 as the Eastern Suburbs Technical College by George Swinburne in order to serve those without access to further education in Melbourne's eastern suburbs. Its main campus is located in Hawthorn, a suburb of Melbourne which is located 7.5 km from the Melbourne central business district.

University of Auckland University in New Zealand

The University of Auckland is a public research university in Auckland, New Zealand. Established in 1883 as a constituent college of the University of New Zealand, the university is perennially ranked as the top academic institution in the country. Today, the University of Auckland is the largest university in New Zealand, hosting over 40,000 students on five Auckland campuses.

Australian National University National research university in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

The Australian National University (ANU) is a national research university located in Canberra, the capital of Australia. Its main campus in Acton encompasses seven teaching and research colleges, in addition to several national academies and institutes.

Western Sydney University university in Sydney, Australia

Western Sydney University, formerly the University of Western Sydney, is an Australian multi-campus university in the Greater Western region of Sydney, Australia. The university in its current form was founded in 1989 under the terms of the State Legislature "Western Sydney University Act 1997 No 116", which created a federated network university with an amalgamation between the Nepean College of Advanced Education and the Hawkesbury Agricultural College. The Macarthur Institute of Higher Education was incorporated in the university in 1989. In 2001, the University of Western Sydney was restructured as a single multi-campus university rather than as a federation. In 2015, the university underwent a rebranding which resulted in a change in name from the University of Western Sydney to Western Sydney University. It is a provider of undergraduate, postgraduate, and higher research degrees with campuses in Bankstown, Blacktown, Campbelltown, Hawkesbury, Liverpool, Parramatta, and Penrith.

University of Technology Sydney university in Sydney, Australia

The University of Technology Sydney (UTS) is a public research university located in Sydney, Australia. Although its origins are said to trace back to the 1870s, the university was founded in its current form in 1988. As of 2018, UTS enrolls 45,930 students, including 33,070 undergraduate and 12,860 postgraduate students through its 9 faculties and schools.

University of Melbourne Australian public university located in Melbourne, Victoria

The University of Melbourne is a public research university located in Melbourne, Australia. Founded in 1853, it is Australia's second oldest university and the oldest in Victoria. Its main campus is located in Parkville, an inner suburb north of the Melbourne central business district, with several other campuses located across Victoria.

Curtin University University in Perth, Western Australia

Curtin University is an Australian public research university based in Bentley, Perth, Western Australia. It is named after John Curtin, Prime Minister of Australia from 1941 to 1945, and is the largest university in Western Australia, with 56,662 students in 2017.

Griffith University university in Queensland, Australia

Griffith University is a public research university in South East Queensland on the east coast of Australia. Formally founded in 1971, Griffith opened its doors in 1975, introducing Australia's first degrees in environmental science and Asian studies.

Southern Cross University university in Australia

Southern Cross University (SCU) is an Australian public university, with campuses at Lismore and Coffs Harbour in northern New South Wales, and at the southern end of the Gold Coast in Queensland. It is ranked in the top 100 young universities in the world by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

University of Wollongong public research university in Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia

The University of Wollongong is an Australian public research university located in the coastal city of Wollongong, New South Wales, approximately 80 kilometres south of Sydney. As of 2017, the university had an enrolment of more than 32,000 students, an alumni base of more than 131,859 and over 2,400 staff members.

Deakin University university in Victoria, Australia

Deakin University is a public university in Victoria, Australia. Established in 1974 with the passage of the Deakin University Act 1974, the university was named after the second Prime Minister of Australia, Alfred Deakin.

Koç University Turkish private university located in İstanbul

Koç University is a non-profit private university in Istanbul, Turkey. It started education in temporary buildings in İstinye in 1993, and moved to its current Rumelifeneri campus near Sarıyer in 2000. Koç University is ranked highest in Turkey according to the 2018 Times Higher Education World University Rankings. Koç University currently consists of Colleges of Social Sciences and Humanities, Administrative Sciences and Economics, Science, Engineering, Law, Nursing and Medicine. Koç University offers 22 undergraduate, 29 graduate and 30 PhD programs. The University is home to around 7,000 students. The University accepts international students from various countries and has an extensive network of over 250 partner-universities including University of California and other universities such as Northwestern University, Cornell University and Georgetown University.



  1. 1 2 "Our logo – About the University – The University of Sydney". 19 March 2010. Archived from the original on 22 January 2011. Retrieved 20 June 2010.
  2. "University of Sydney 2018 Annual Report" (PDF). University of Sydney.
  3. 1 2 3 4 5 6 "Annual Report 2018" (PDF). University of Sydney.
  4. 1 2 "Beautiful universities around the world". The Daily Telegraph. London. 31 August 2012.
  5. 1 2 "15 of the World's Most Beautiful Universities Revealed". The Huffington Post UK.
  6. "QS World University Rankings 2019 - Rankings Indicators, Academic Reputation". Top Universities. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  7. "Graduate Employability Rankings". Top Universities. Retrieved 14 October 2017.
  8. "World University Rankings - The University of Sydney". Times Higher Education. Retrieved 8 May 2020.
  9. "The University of Sydney – QS". Times QS. 2012. Archived from the original on 7 November 2012. Retrieved 1 October 2012.
  10. "Documenting Democracy".; J. Horne, Political machinations and sectarian intrigue in the making of Sydney University, Journal of the Australian Catholic Historical Society 36 (2015) Archived 15 February 2017 at the Wayback Machine , 4-15.
  11. "Documenting Democracy". Archived from the original on 17 October 2009. Retrieved 22 February 2010.
  12. "William Charles Wentworth". Rockhampton Bulletin . Qld. 21 May 1872. p. 4. Retrieved 1 May 2012 via National Library of Australia.
  13. Cable, K. J. "Woolley, John (1816–66)". Australian Dictionary of Biography . Melbourne University Press. ISSN   1833-7538 . Retrieved 24 August 2013 via National Centre of Biography, Australian National University.
  14. Michael Hoare, Joan T. Radford. "Smith, John (1821–85)". Australian Dictionary of Biography . Melbourne University Press. ISSN   1833-7538 . Retrieved 23 August 2013 via National Centre of Biography, Australian National University.
  15. 1 2 Franklin, James 2003, 'Corrupting the Youth: A history of philosophy in Australia', Macleay Press
  16. West, William (1 January 1992). "Argumentative days over". The Australian. p. 15, Higher Education Supplement.
  17. "List of green bans, 1971-1974". Retrieved 16 October 2019.
  18. "HIGHER EDUCATION (AMALGAMATION) ACT 1989". 20 June 2006. Retrieved 22 February 2010.
  19. "UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND ACT 1993". 22 September 2008. Retrieved 22 February 2010.
  20. "SOUTHERN CROSS UNIVERSITY ACT 1993". 22 September 2008. Retrieved 22 February 2010.
  21. "Donate". The University of Sydney. Retrieved 23 July 2018.
  22. "News - The University of Sydney". Retrieved 23 July 2018.
  23. "News | The University of Sydney". 8 January 2010. Retrieved 22 February 2010.
  24. "Report of the Vice-Chancellor and Principal" (PDF). 15 June 2009. Retrieved 12 June 2011.
  25. "Sydney Alumni Magazine" (PDF). March 2010. Retrieved 12 June 2011.
  26. "Overwhelming opposition to fee deregulation at historic University of Sydney town hall meeting". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 16 July 2015.
  27. "Middle income families the losers in race to university". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 16 July 2015.
  28. "Lateline – 26/08/2014: Universities too reliant on international student fees". ABC. Retrieved 16 July 2015.
  29. Bagshaw, Eryk (31 March 2016). "University of Sydney to cut 100 degrees and triple research investment". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 22 March 2018.
  30. Australian Broadcasting Corporation – PM, Dame Leonie Kramer Resigns. Retrieved 6 January 2007.
  31. Sydney Morning Herald , Kathryn Follows Nick Out of Door in Protest, 8 November 2003. Retrieved 6 January 2007.
  32. Public Service Association of NSW, Sydney University Petition on Security Services Archived 4 March 2007 at the Wayback Machine . Retrieved 6 January 2007.
  33. 1 2 Max Chalmers (10 March 2014). "The man, the myth, the manager". Retrieved 10 March 2014.
  34. Stephen Matchett (12 March 2012). "Academics argue VC has not made his case". The Australian. Retrieved 12 February 2013.
  35. Barnsley, Kate (22 March 2013). "FAQs for Strike Day – March 26 and March 27" . Retrieved 24 March 2013.
  36. Kirsty Needham (9 June 2013). "Sydney Uni staff rank as most dissatisfied"
  37. "Staff Give Sydney Uni A Poor Grade" . Retrieved 14 January 2014.
  38. Adam Adelpour (16 May 2012). "Michael Spence is the 1 per cent': the role of university management". Solidarity Online..
  39. Amy McNeilage (23 August 2013). "Uni bosses earn 10 times more than staff". Daily Life..
  40. "Scots boys got into Sydney University without HSC". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 16 July 2015.
  41. "Scots scandal: We don't want elitist, sweetheart deals with universities, says independent school principals chairman Phillip Heath". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 16 July 2015.
  42. "The lengths university students will go to cheat" . Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  43. "News – The University of Sydney".
  44. "Cat food study prompts ethics overhaul at University of Sydney vet faculty". Australia: ABC News. 23 March 2016.
  45. "Free speech audit names three universities as the 'most hostile'". The Australian . Australia. 10 April 2019.
  46. "Freedom of speech proposal endorsed". The Australian . Australia. 5 April 2019.
  47. 1 2 3 4 "University of Sydney receives state heritage listing". ArchitectureAU. Retrieved 8 May 2019.
  48. "What's in a name? O-Week becomes Welcome Week". Honi Soit. Retrieved 28/6/19.
  49. "Grimshaw completes 'gateway' administration building for University of Sydney". ArchitectureAU. Retrieved 14 June 2019.
  50. "Green light for Sydney Uni's $1.4 billion masterplan". ArchitectureAU. Retrieved 14 June 2019.
  51. "Campus 2010 + Building for the Future". Archived from the original on 6 October 2011. Retrieved 11 October 2011.
  52. "Sydney Uni lashes out at government over 'serious impact' of train timetable changes". The Sydney Morning Herald. 30 November 2017.
  53. "MBA". The University of Sydney. Retrieved 16 March 2020.
  54. "Master of Management". The University of Sydney. Retrieved 16 March 2020.
  55. "Location and facilities". The University of Sydney. Retrieved 16 March 2020.
  56. "University of Sydney, Library facilities" . Retrieved 17 October 2018.
  57. Hanfling, Su (October 2005). "A Library for the 21st century: new generations, new models" (PDF). Discover Newsletter. University of Sydney Library. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 July 2008. Retrieved 29 February 2008.
  58. "The University of Sydney Statistics 2008" (PDF). University of Sydney. Retrieved 14 January 2009.[ dead link ]
  59. "Legal Deposits in Australia" . Retrieved 18 July 2019.
  60. University of Sydney, Senate Minutes, 5 July 1886, p.291.
  61. Dymock, Darryl (July 2009). "A reservoir of learning: the beginnings of continuing education at the University of Sydney" (PDF). Australian Journal of Adult Learning. 49 (2): 247. Retrieved 9 August 2015.
  62. Ellis, David. "Preface", Into the Light: 150 years of cultural treasures at the University of Sydney, Miegunyah Press, University of Sydney, 2010, xiii.
  63. "Student accommodation". The University of Sydney. Retrieved 6 July 2017.
  64. 1 2 "Subsidised accommodation a boost for Sydney Indigenous students". ABC News. 9 March 2017. Retrieved 6 July 2017.
  65. "University-run accommodation". The University of Sydney. Archived from the original on 22 June 2017. Retrieved 6 July 2017.
  66. "Past Award Winners - Australasian Association of College and University Housing Officers". Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  67. "Philament – About". Archived from the original on 19 April 2014.
  68. "Beef Jerky" Short Story by Aaron Sommers. 2014 Archived 19 April 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  69. "Faculties and schools - The University of Sydney". 20 April 2017. Retrieved 17 May 2017.
  70. "Sydney University: 2011 Enrolments – All Faculties". Retrieved 11 October 2011.
  71. 1 2 "QS World University Rankings 2020". Quacquarelli Symonds Limited.
  72. "World University Rankings 2019". TSL Education Limited.
  73. "Academic Ranking of World Universities 2018". Shanghai Ranking Consultancy.
  74. "U.S. News and World Report Best Global Universities Rankings". U.S. News and World Report.
  75. 1 2 "CWTS Leiden Ranking 2017". Centre for Science and Technology Studies, Leiden University.
  76. "THE 2019 - Australia". Times Higher Education.
  77. "Academic Ranking of World Universities 2018 - Australia". Shanghai Ranking Consultancy.
  78. "U.S. News and World Report Best Global Universities in Australia/New Zealand". U.S. News and World Report.
  79. "Australian University Rankings". Australian Education Network.
  80. "ERA Research Excellence Rankings Australia". UniversityRankings. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  81. "Group of Eight (Australian universities)", Wikipedia, 5 March 2020, retrieved 5 March 2020
  82. "QS World University Rankings 2019". 29 May 2018. Retrieved 23 July 2018.
  83. "QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018". Top Universities. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  84. "Graduate Employability Rankings 2018". Top Universities. 7 September 2017. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  85. "Global Companies Rank Universities -". Retrieved 23 July 2018.
  87. "Business School achieves 'triple crown' with AMBA accreditation". The University of Sydney. Retrieved 16 March 2020.
  88. "World Reputation Rankings 2013". Times Higher Education.
  89. "SCImago Institutions Rankings - Higher Education - All Regions and Countries - 2019 - Overall Rank".
  92. "Sydney tops rankings for research impact". The University of Sydney. Retrieved 23 July 2018.
  93. "National Taiwan University Ranking 2015 – (NTURanking 2015)". Archived from the original on 17 November 2015. Retrieved 14 November 2015.
  94. "Business school rankings from the Financial Times -". Retrieved 16 March 2020.
  95. "Master of Management". The University of Sydney. Retrieved 16 March 2020.
  96. "Business School remains Australia's leader for business education". The University of Sydney. Retrieved 16 March 2020.
  97. "Top 20 Global Universities With the Wealthiest Alum". ABC News.
  98. "World's top 100 universities for producing millionaires". Times Higher Education.
  99. Douglas Burrows Chair of Paediatrics and Child Health Retrieved 9 August 2014.
  100. The Challis Bequest Retrieved 9 August 2014.
  101. Carlyle Greenwell Research Fund (Archaeology) [ permanent dead link ] Retrieved 9 August 2014.
  102. "Gift to Varsity". The Courier-Mail . Brisbane. 6 August 1953. p. 1. Retrieved 9 August 2014 via National Library of Australia.
  103. Mitchell J Notaras Fellowship in Colorectal Surgery Retrieved 9 August 2014.
  104. The Robert W Storr Chair of Hepatic Medicine Retrieved 9 August 2014.
  105. "The Badge of New South Wales as adopted in 1876". Heritage Council of New South Wales. Archived from the original on 12 March 2011. Retrieved 2 March 2011.
  106. Services, Archives and Records Management. "Quest for a coat of arms – Heraldry – The University of Sydney". Retrieved 6 May 2016.
  107. James, Clive (1981), Unreliable memoirs , Pan Books, p.  127, ISBN   978-0-330-26463-1
  108. "University of Sydney Hall of Fame". University of Sydney. Retrieved 25 September 2017.
  109. Davies, Anne (29 November 2017). "One in four women at University of Sydney colleges is sexually harassed, study finds". The Guardian.
  110. Funnell, Nina (10 October 2016). "Full list of universities exposed by sexual assault investigation". News Limited. Retrieved 29 July 2017.
  111. "Unis urged to act as 'shocking' survey reveals half of all students face sexual harassment". ABC News. 1 August 2017. Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  112. 1 2 Landis-Hanley, Justine (1 August 2017). "USyd releases results on survey into sexual assault and harassment | Honi Soit". Honi Soit. Retrieved 9 August 2017.
  113. Munro, Kelsey (18 May 2016). "Under-reporting of sexual assault a serious problem at Sydney University". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 10 August 2017.
  114. Funnell, Nina. "Women targeted in vile sex games by male students".


  • Williams, Bruce. Liberal education and useful knowledge: a brief history of the University of Sydney, 1850–2000, Chancellor's Committee, University of Sydney, 2002. ISBN   1-86487-439-2