Michael Spence



Michael Spence


Vice-Chancellor and Principal

The University of Sydney

Michael Spence is the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Sydney. He took up the position in July 2008 and is the University’s 25th Vice-Chancellor. Dr. Spence is an alumnus of the University, having graduated with First Class Honours in English, Italian and Law (BA (Hons)’85 and LLB (Hons)’87). He is internationally recognised as a leader in the field of intellectual property theory. In his first two years at the University of Sydney, Dr. Spence led the development of a comprehensive White Paper and Strategic Plan, which outlines the future directions of the University and includes several new initiatives aimed at strengthening the University’s position among the world’s leading research universities. Included among these are plans to establish a new Centre for Obesity, Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease (CODCD), a multi-disciplinary biomedical research and education centre which will bring together expertise from the humanities and social sciences, the natural and medical sciences and clinical research to work together on one of the most critical medical issues facing the modern world. Other initiatives will include the building of a new facility for nanoscience research and the establishment of University-wide centres for education and research on China and Southeast Asia Studies.