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UTS Council


Council’s powers and functions derive from the University of Technology Sydney Act 1989 (NSW) and include the control and management of the university’s affairs and concerns. Council may act in all matters in a manner that will best promote UTS objectives and interests.

The Vice-Chancellor (the university's chief executive officer) is accountable to Council for all of the university’s academic and administrative objectives, including leadership, internal and external relations, strategic planning, management review and audit, entrepreneurial development and giving policy advice to Council.

Council adheres to the UTS Act and By-law as well as the university’s General Rules, Standing Orders and the governance principles and arrangements outlined in the Governance Overview Handbook (PDF 724kb).


Council has three official members, 10 appointed members and five elected members.

  1. Official members are the UTS Chancellor, Vice-Chancellor and Chair of Academic Board.
  2. Appointed members are external appointments made by the Minister (two members) and by Council (eight members).

    As far as practicable, appointed members are representative of people with senior experience in the fields of:

    • education
    • technology, research or innovation
    • business or industry

    who are likely to contribute to the university’s cultural diversity, and have other qualifications and experience as Council thinks appropriate.

    At least one appointed external member must be a UTS graduate.

  3. Elected members comprise two academic staff members, one non-academic staff member, one postgraduate student and one undergraduate student.

The UTS Chancellor, who is elected by the Council, is Council’s chair. The Deputy Chancellor is elected by and from Council members.

Council elections are conducted in line with the UTS Act, By-law and General Rules.


For current membership, see Council members.


UTS Council meets at least six times a year. For information about Council meetings, see meeting dates and reports.


Committees of Council are focused and skills-based bodies with the necessary technical expertise to deal with matters efficiently and effectively, and promote discussion of the relevant strategic issues at Council meetings.


Deborah Crook
Executive Officer to the UTS Council
Tel: 02 9514 1240
Email: or

For information about other roles and groups that support Council, see Council roles.