The University is established by the University of New South Wales Act 1989 (NSW). Under the Act, the University is constituted as a body corporate with the usual powers of a body corporate.
The object of the University, per s6(1) of the Act, is the promotion, within the limits of the University's resources, of scholarship, research, free inquiry, the interaction of research and teaching, and academic excellence.
The principal functions of the University, as set out in s6(2) of the Act include:
In addition, as set out in s6(3) of the Act , the University has other functions as follows:
The University is governed by a Council of 15 members representing University and community interests and led by the Chancellor. The Vice-Chancellor is the principal executive officer of the University and is responsible for the overall direction of corporate planning, budget activities and external relations. Under the Council, the Vice-Chancellor manages and supervises the administrative, financial and other activities of the University.
For more information on the governance of UNSW, including the Council, Academic Board, the Vice-Chancellor and Executive Team, please click here.
The Organisational Structure of UNSW is available by clicking here.
The University is made up of faculties, which are groupings of schools according to academic disciplines, through which academic staff conduct teaching at undergraduate, postgraduate and higher degree levels, and pursue research and scholarly investigations. The University's academic organisations include eight faculties and UNSW Canberra, and 56 schools. Faculty business is assisted by a Faculty Board and various Faculty committees.
The University also conducts teaching and research at its teaching hospitals, medical research institutes, Centres of Excellence, research centres and field stations.
For more information on UNSW's faculties and schools, please click here.
Members of staff and students participate in policy decisions and the exercise of the University's functions through the University's committee structure. There are elected staff and student members of the University Council, Academic Board and Faculty boards.
Opportunities exist for public participation through the formal decision-making structures and through the many units and associated organisations which contribute to the University's affairs. The University also welcomes submissions, letters or suggestions on any matters pertaining to the functions of the University from interested individuals, groups or organisations.
UNSW has a proud tradition of adding value beyond the classroom. By opening its doors for public forums on issues such as the environment, healthcare and global politics, to concert performances, open days and expos - and by partnering with communities, locally and around the world - UNSW ensures knowledge, debate and research outcomes resonate far beyond its campus gates.
UNSW is involved in many activities that provide support to the community. Staff and students are dedicated to sharing their energy and expertise with individuals, families and community organisations to make a difference in the community.
For more information on UNSW's engagement with the public, please click here.
The University maintains a range of records that document the University's business. Key policy-making and critical records are registered in the University's central recordkeeping system. These include records on the University's governance as well as records on key administrative, student and personnel matters. Further information is also created and held by the individual divisions, faculties and schools.
In addition, the University Archives acquires, preserves and makes available the records of university governance and administration, faculties and schools, student organisations and other bodies and individuals associated with UNSW.
For more information on the University's records and archives, please click here.
The University proactively releases much of the information it holds. Such information is freely available from the University's website. This includes:
The University will meet reasonable requests for access to information without the need for a formal application under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (NSW). There will be no charge for information that is informally released , except for documents that are available for sale to the public and for photocopying charges at 20 cents per page.
Information relating to making a formal access application for information may be found by clicking here.